Ghislaine Maxwell a ‘sophisticated’ predator who exploited young girls, le tribunal entend

Ghislaine Maxwell a ‘sophisticated’ predator who exploited young girls, le tribunal entend
In closing arguments of the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the prosecution told the court that Ms Maxwell was a “dangerousgrown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids”.

In closing arguments of the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the prosecution told the court that Ms Maxwell was a “dangerousgrown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids”.

“She targeted a girl whose father had just died. She targeted a girl whose mother was an alcoholic,” Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe said.

Ms Moe said Ms Maxwell was a “sophisticated” predator who “caused deep and lasting harm to young girls. It is time to hold her accountable”.

“The proof is in. It’s clear. It’s consistent and it points to only one conclusion: Maxwell is guilty," elle a ajouté, according to Law & la criminalité.

Ms Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein “were partners in crime who exploited young girls together”, the assistant US attorney argued.

Ms Maxwell has been charged with two counts of transporting individuals across state lines for illegal sexual activity, one charge of sex trafficking of a minor and one charge of sex trafficking conspiracy. She also faces two charges of perjury that will be tried at a later date. She has denied all wrongdoing.

Epstein, Ms Maxwell former partner, died by suicide in August 2019 in his Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex crimes charges.

“Epstein liked underage girls. He liked to touch underage girls. Maxwell knew it,” Ms Moe said, adding that Ms Maxwell’s role was “crucial”.

The prosecutor said Ms Maxwell made Epstein’s “creepy” behaviour appear “legitimate” to the victims and that she would “silence” any “alarm bells”.

“Maxwell was the key to the whole operation,” Ms Moe added. “They were close. They were partners. They were rarely apart.”

The assistant US attorney showed the jury a range of photographs from over the years.

“They’re getting older. Their haircuts change," elle a dit. “That’s Maxwell massaging Epstein’s foot with her breasts. She’s smiling.”

This image of Ghislaine Maxwell , which has been shown to the court during the sex trafficking trial of Maxwell in the Southern District of New York . The British socialite is accused of preying on vulnerable young girls and luring them to massage rooms to be molested by Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 et 2004 (Département américain de la justice)

A former house manager for Epstein, Juan Alessi testified that “you learned that she was the ‘lady in the house’”.

Ms More then referred to a household manual to show that Mr Alessi was correct and that Ms Maxwell knew about what took place at the Florida mansion.

“This manual makes crystal clear who mattered in that house in Palm Beach,” Ms Moe said, making clear that it was Ms Maxwell and Epstein who were in charge.

Mr Alessi said he had to “wash off dildos after the massages”. Ms Moe argued that the household manual proves that Ms Maxwell knew everything about the “so-called massages”.

“She was in on the whole thing," a déclaré le procureur, adding that it was “not an accident” that Ms Maxwell’s alleged victims often came from struggling households and that many of them only had one parent.

Ms Moe argued that Ms Maxwell made Epstein’s abuse seem normal.

“Again and again throughout this trial, you heard how these girls were asked to perform sexualized massages on Jeffrey Epstein,” Ms Moe said, noting that three witnesses said Ms Maxwell touched their breasts. “It’s not an accident. It happened again and again and again. It is powerful evidence of Maxwell’s guilt.”

The prosecutor then spoke of evidence that corroborates testimony given to a witness referred to as “Jane” during the trial. She mentioned flight records from when Ms Maxwell and Jane is said to have first met at the Interlochen academy in Michigan. Ms Moe also noted that Jane said that she saw Ms Maxwell topless by the pool and that the jury now has as well because of photos in evidence.

Ms Moe showed Jane’s real first name being listed on the flight records, with the defence suggesting that this was the same first name as another person in Epstein’s inner circle. But Ms Moe added that a former pilot’s testimony went against the defence’s suggestion. The pilot, David Rodgers, testified that individuals who shared Jane’s real first name weren’t on the flights until much later.

The prosecutor went on to speak about Jane’s testimony regarding orgies, which she said included women called Eva and Michelle, in addition to others. The defence called on Eva Dubin to testify, partly to deny this assertion. Ms Moe noted that Jane never said the women’s last names.

“It’s not like she’s taking ID’s while she’s being sexually assaulted," a déclaré le procureur.

Annie Farmer testified that Ms Maxwell told her to massage Epstein’s foot. Ms Moe told the jury that “common sense” says that this is “not normal”.

“They were confusing her boundaries," elle a dit. “They were moving the line slowly and gradually for what would happen next.”

The prosecutor then recounted Ms Farmer testimony that she hid in the bathroom after Epstein tried to get into bed with her. Ms Moe said Ms Maxwell became cold towards Ms Farmer after this episode because she no longer had any use for her.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this was not a space for therapeutic massages," a déclaré le procureur, referring to naked images in Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion. The home was used for sexual abuse, Ms Moe said.

She added that the jury would know that another witness, Carolyn, was telling the truth because her version of events was similar to Jane’s. Both said that Ms Maxwell touched their breasts.

The prosecutor said that Epstein’s “Little Black Book”, which included the names of the victims, is a “powerfully incriminating document” that reveals how the sexual “pyramid scheme” worked.

“One girl would bring another who would bring another,” Ms Moe said, adding that it shows that Ms Maxwell knew about the operation.

The prosecutor said that evidence proves that Epstein gave Ms Maxwell more than $30m in three instalments of $18.3m, $5m, and $7.4m. She said these were payments for her “terrible crimes”.

“Take a moment to reflect on how deeply strange this situation was,” Ms Moe told the jury, adding that Ms Maxwell saw a “parade” of teenage girls on Epstein’s private plane and in his home, which was covered in naked images. “Ladies and gentlemen, look at the big picture and use your common sense.”

The prosecutor then focused on the individual counts in Ms Maxwell’s charges. Ms Moe said Ms Maxwell “enticed” and “induced” Jane to travel across state lines, a vital component for one of the charges. “The crime happened the moment they crossed state lines,” Ms Moe told the court.

For Ms Maxwell to be convicted of sex trafficking, the prosecution has to prove that a “commercial sex act” has occurred. Ms Moe said this part was proved by Carolyn’s testimony that she was paid hundreds of dollars to give Epstein sexualized massages.

The defence has argued that Ms Maxwell is being prosecuted for crimes committed by Epstein.

“Let me be very clear. The evidence at this trial showed that Ghislaine Maxwell made her own choices,” Ms Moe said. “She’s a grown woman who knew exactly what she was doing.”

Bobbi Sternheim, a lawyer for Ms Maxwell, said during her opening statement that the case was about “memory, manipulation, and money”.

“Defense counsel was exactly right, but not in the way she intended,” Ms Moe said, noting again that Carolyn was allegedly given hundreds of dollars for “sexual abuse”.

The prosecutor told the jury the witnesses “told you about searing memories of childhood sexual abuse”.

Ms Moe said the witnesses had “haunting” memories of “trauma”.

“You remember an adult woman groping your breasts. You remember a middle-aged man touching your vagina," elle a dit. She added that the testimony of the defence’s expert, Elizabeth Loftus, was biased and a distraction from the trial.

“She has made a name for herself as a Witness for the Defense in high-profile trials," a déclaré le procureur, quoting the title of Ms Loftus’ 1991 livre. But she added that Ms Loftus confirmed parts of the prosecution’s argument – that peripheral details in a traumatic memory can change, but that the core of the memory remains.

The defence argued that witnesses were motivated by money because of their multimillion-dollar settlements with the victims’ fund for those abused by Epstein. Ms Moe said those civil cases have ended.

She added that the “common sense” of the jury would tell them that not all of the witnesses have just been lying and that Ms Maxwell is guilty.

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