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Watch live as Ghislaine Maxwell trial continues in New York City

Day three of the trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell will begin on Wednesday in New York Stad, as the 59-year-old faces charges related to her alleged involvement in financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes.

On the second day, her first accuser who identified only as “Jane”, took the stand on Tuesday afternoon and testified that Ms Maxwell was in the room when Epstein sexually assaulted her when she was 14 jaar oud.

In at times graphic testimony, she described how she met the couple and was invited into their world, only to be subjected to sexual abuse over a period of years, ruining her self-worth. Cross-examination of “Jane” will continue on Wednesday.

Epstein’s longtime pilot Larry Visoski was cross-examined by the defence team on Tuesday morning about specific flights and passengers, following questioning by the prosecution regarding his work and access to Epstein’s properties.

He testified that passengers on Epstein’s plane included Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Trump, Chris Tucker, John Glenn, Kevin Spacey, and George Mitchell. Mr Visoski also said he never saw either Ms Maxwell or Epstein being inappropriate with a minor in 30 jare.

In opening statements, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told jurors at the Manhattan federal court that in the 1990s, Ms Maxwell would procure girls for Epstein via the “ruse” of a massage. In reaksie, her defence said that Ms Maxwell was being made a scapegoat because Epstein’s death led her accusers unable to seek justice.

Me Maxwell, who spent decades rubbing shoulders with British royals and US presidents, is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for the late disgraced financier to sexually abuse between 1994 en 2004.

The daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, Ms Maxwell faces the prospect of up to 35 years of jail if she is found guilty. The trial is expected to last six weeks.

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What are the charges in the Ghislaine Maxwell sex abuse trial?

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite accused of recruiting and grooming girls for deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, got underway on Monday in New York federal court.

Here is an explanation of the charges Maxwell faces and her expected defence:

The Mann Act charges

Prosecutors say Ms Maxwell between 1994 en 1997 persuaded an underaged girl to travel from Florida to New York with the intention of having her engage in sexual activity with Epstein. In 1996, prosecutors say Ms Maxwell gave an unsolicited massage to another minor girl who flew to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch from out-of-state while the girl was topless.

Ms Maxwell is charged with two counts of violating the Mann Act, which bars transporting individuals across state lines for illegal sexual activity.

She also two faces charges of conspiring to violate those two sections of the Mann Act.

The sex trafficking charges

Prosecutors also say that Ms Maxwell, beginning in 2001, recruited one of the four alleged victims to engage in sex acts with Epstein and provided her with hundreds of dollars in cash after massaging Epstein, knowing she was a minor. Ms Maxwell sent gifts including lingerie from a New York address to the girl’s home in Florida, volgens a 2021 indictment.

Those allegations form the basis of charges of one charge of sex trafficking of a minor and one charge of sex trafficking conspiracy. Federal law bars recruiting or transporting anyone under 18 to participate in a “commercial sex act.” The trafficking charge does not require the child to be transported across state lines.

Maxwell’s defence

Me Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Her lawyers have argued that prosecutors are treating her as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died by suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.

Her attorneys say that the alleged sex trafficking victim did not mention Ms Maxwell while cooperating with a 2007 investigation by Florida federal prosecutors into Epstein. They have argued that all four women named in the indictment have financial incentives to lie or exaggerate about Ms Maxwell’s involvement in the alleged abuse.

The perjury charges

Ms Maxwell faces two charges of perjury that will be tried at a later date.

Prosecutors have accused Ms Maxwell of lying under oath in 2016 during a deposition for a civil lawsuit brought against her by Virginia Giuffre, who says she was abused by Epstein while a minor. Ms Giuffre alleged Ms Maxwell had defamed her by saying Ms Giuffre lied about the abuse.

In die 2016 deposition, Ms Maxwell said she did not recall the presence of sex toys in Epstein’s Palm Beach house and replied “I don’t know what you’re talking about” when asked if Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages.

Prosecutors characterised these statements as “false material declarations” in violation of a federal statute making it a crime to lie under oath. Her lawyers said in a February 2021 court filing that the questions posed were ambiguous and that Ms Maxwell gave truthful responses.

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Lawyer says Maxweell’s defence was a ‘love letter’ to Epstein

American attorney Lisa Bloom who is known for advising the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein hit out at the defence presented in court by the lawyers of Ghislaine Maxwell, labelling it a “love letter” to Epstein after he was compared to a “21st century James Bond” and a Biblical figure.

Ms Bloom said the remarks were the “lowest point for the defence” and ignored “dozens and dozens” of alleged victims who have claimed they were sexually abused by the late fiancer between 1994 en 2004 and alleged Ms Maxwell’s role in “recruiting” and “grooming” them which the former socialite denies.

Ghislaine Maxwell defence blasted for ‘love letter’ to Epstein

Lawyer who advised Harvey Weinstein says remarks ignored ‘dozens and dozens’ of alleged victims

Ms Maxwell’s lawyer told the court that Epstein was akin to a “James Bond” who “stirred interest”. The lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, also compared Ms Maxwell’s former associate and boyfriend to an “Adam” figure, referring to the bible, and the 59-year-old to “Eve”.

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How Ghislaine Maxwell met Jeffrey Epstein

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell became the prime focus of investigations into Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes after he died in 2019 in what is believed to be suicide inside the jail.

Me Maxwell, who knew the late financier for decades, has been accused of trafficking and grooming girls as young as 14 to be sexually abused by him.

A number of women who said they were sent to Epstein when they were in their teens alleged Ms Maxwell played a role in either convincing them to have sex with him or being present when they were abused. Many of the complainants have said Ms Maxwell shared a good relationship with them and normalised the behaviour of her former partner.

The first victim who gave her testimony on Tuesday said Ms Maxwell was present when she was sexually abused by Epstein over a decade ago. While the high profile socialite denies all the allegations, she is facing a jail term of 35 years if the charges against her are proven in the ongoing six-week long trial.

Her attorney alleged Ms Maxwell was being blamed and vilified for the actions of Epstein, calling the trial sexist. But prosecution alleges the couple acted like a team in the crimes against young women.

Here’s how their story began two decades ago:

How did Ghislaine Maxwell meet Jeffrey Epstein?

British socialite faces decades behind bars if convicted on sex trafficking charges

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ICYMI: Jeffrey Epstein was a ‘21st-century James Bond’ targeted for his mystery and money

Ghislaine Maxwell’s defence team compared Jeffrey Epstein to a “21st-century James Bond” whose wealth and mystery stirred the public’s interest while his accusers shook the “money train” for millions of dollars.

Me Maxwell, intussen, was compared to humanity’s first victim of sexism dating back to the Biblical creation of the universe.

In her opening statement during Ms Maxwell’s trial on sex trafficking charges, defence attorney Bobbi Sternheim said women have been blamed, villainized and punished more for the bad behaviour of men ever since “Eve was accused of tempting Adam for the apple”.

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Jeffrey Epstein was 'n '21ste-eeuse James Bond', Ghislaine Maxwell verdediging sê

Blaming a woman for a man’s bad behaviour is a tale as old as time, the British socialite’s defence team says

Justin vallejo1 Desember 2021 05:00
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Fox News commenter says Maxwell not getting bail is ‘police lawyering

Fox News commenter Geraldo Rivera sparked an argument on The Five on Monday after he complained that Ghislaine Maxwell – who is facing sex trafficking and perjury charges connected to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein – was not granted bail.

During the show on Monday, Mr Rivera compared Ms Maxwell’s case to that of Darrell Brooks, who was charged with six counts of first-degree homicide after he plowed his car through a group of people attending a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He noted that Mr Brooks was granted bail, but Ms Maxwell was not. He called the rulings “political lawyering”.

“I am outraged by the Maxwell case. You talk about Darrell Brooks, the creep that ran over his girlfriend and then killed six people," hy het gesê. “He was out on a $1,000 bail, Ghislaine Maxwell has been in jail for 17 months for no bail. She is sitting in prison prior to trial, accused of events that happened between 1994 and 2004.”

Full story here:

Fox host Geraldo complains Ghislaine Maxwell not given bail: ‘Political lawyering’

Ms Maxwell was denied bail due to being an “extreme flight risk”

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Presidents, a prince, and the ‘piercing, powder-blue eyes’ of women on the Lolita Express

This is your captain speaking: Epstein’s pilot reveals jet-setting life flying global elites like Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey on a private jet, write Die Onafhanklike s'n Bevan Hurley and Justin Vallejo.

“Larry Visoski saw many things from the cockpit of the ‘Lolita Express’. For nearly 30 jare, the personal pilot of Jeffrey Epstein flew the global elite to the convicted paedophile’s palatial mansions and estates from New York to Paris to a tiny island in the Caribbean.

Apart from those “pretty important people”, Mr Visoski told the Federal District Court in Manhattan he would sometimes be introduced to other types of guests as they boarded the plane. One was an aspiring singer Epstein took to the cockpit, who Mr Visoski recalled as “a mature woman, with piercing, powder blue eyes”.

But one very specific thing Mr Visoski maintains he never saw, egter, is sexual activity of any kind. He added that he “certainly did not” see any sex acts with underage girls.

Epstein’s pilot details disgraced financier’s opulent residences

For nearly 30 jare, Epstein’s pilot flew the global elite to the convicted paedophile’s palatial mansions and estates. Bevan Hurley and Justin Vallejo report on the first witness in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial.

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What was Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’?

The first witness to take the stand was Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr, Epstein’s chief pilot for more than 25 jare, who said he had flown the disgraced financier “every four days” or so since his hiring in 1991, skryf Die Onafhanklike s'n Joe Sommerlad.

“One of the pilot’s duties was to fly the Boeing 727 that became known among the press as the “Lolita Express” for its role in ferrying young women between New York and Epstein’s primary residence in Palm Beach, Florida, where many of his alleged acts of sexual abuse are said to have taken place. The nickname for the plane is an allusion to Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov’s notorious book Lolita (1955), about a literary professor who becomes sexually obsessed with his 12-year-old stepdaughter.”

What was Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’?

Ghislaine Maxwell trial underway in New York as disgraced financier’s long-time pilot interviewed on the witness stand

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Prosecution’s key witness ‘Jane’ describes years of abuse

Jeffrey Epstein engaged in sadomasochistic sexual abuse with a 14-year-old girl who had been left grief-stricken and living in poverty after the death of her father, and Ghislaine Maxwell was often “in the room” when it took place, a jury heard on Tuesday, skryf Die Onafhanklike s'n Bevan Hurley.

“Throughout the harrowing testimony, Ms Maxwell was seemingly unmoved, occasionally scribbling notes and passing them to her attorneys. On several occasions both sets of lawyers were called into Judge Nathan’s chambers after repeated objections to a line of questioning by the prosecutor Alison Moe. Jane and Ms Maxwell would be left in the courtroom, and seemed to avoid eye contact.”

Prosecution’s key witness describes sadomasochistic abuse from Epstein and socialite

Testimony of key prosecution witness marks the first time Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged sexual abuse of minors is aired in criminal court, writes Bevan Hurley.

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Prosecution’s key witness ‘Jane’ describes years of abuse

Jeffrey Epstein engaged in sadomasochistic sexual abuse with a 14-year-old girl who had been left grief-stricken and living in poverty after the death of her father, and Ghislaine Maxwell was often “in the room” when it took place, a jury heard on Tuesday, skryf Die Onafhanklike s'n Bevan Hurley.

“Throughout the harrowing testimony, Ms Maxwell was seemingly unmoved, occasionally scribbling notes and passing them to her attorneys. On several occasions both sets of lawyers were called into Judge Nathan’s chambers after repeated objections to a line of questioning by the prosecutor Alison Moe. Jane and Ms Maxwell would be left in the courtroom, and seemed to avoid eye contact.”

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Bill Clinton had ‘special catering’ on Lolita Express, says Epstein pilot

Former president Bill Clinton received the VIP treatment aboard the so-called “Lolita Express”, according to Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilot.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr testified at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he would be notified in advance if special guests like Clinton would be flying on Epstein’s jet.

Defence attorney Christian Everdell asked Mr Visoski if “special catering” was arranged in the case of Clinton, who was photographed aboard the aircraft.

“Sure,” Mr Visoski replied, Volgens The Washington Examiner.

Justin vallejo1 Desember 2021 00:10