The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell began with prosecutors arguing the British socialite was a “partner in crime” to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein in a “pyramid scheme” of sexual abuse.
In her opening statement, Assistant US Attorney Lara Elizabeth Pomerantz said Ms Maxwell found and targeted young girls from broken homes for Epstein to sexually abuse under the guise of “massages”.
They figured out what the girls wanted, promised the world, and bought them into their “pyramid scheme of abuse” to bring in more girls with the promise of a cash reward, Ms Pomerantz alleged.
The court also heard the pilot of Epstein’s private jets would be raised during the trial, hinting at possible testimony from the flights to the convicted paedophile’s various properties.
Mme Maxwell, 59, is accused of grooming four underage girls between 1994 et 2004 and flying them to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion. Some of the abuses are also alleged to have occurred at his New York City home.
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