GHISLAINE Maxwell has appeared in court for the sixth day of her sex trafficking trial.
The British socialite is accused of supporting convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the recruitment and abuse of girls.
The court in Manhattan on Monday was told that Maxwell would regularly name drop stars like Prince Andrew and Donald Trump in front of her alleged victims.
Neither the Prince nor Trump are accused of wrongdoing in relation to the case.
A witness – who alleges she was groomed by Maxwell for abuse by Epstein – told the court in New York that she first met Maxwell when she was 17.
Maxwell is currently charged with several felony accounts some of which include human trafficking charges.
She has denied all charges against her, and her lawyers argue she is being made a “scapegoat” for Epstein’s crimes. They have painted the alleged victims as in it for the cash.
The trial is expected to last about 6 weeks in the Manhattan Federal Court Room. It is likely to tackle many aspects of her relationship with Epstein and those who worked for either Epstein or Maxwell.
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58-PAGE ‘RULE BOOK’
Maxwell’s trial has heard Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged “madam” acted as the “Lady of the House” for the multimillionaire paedo.
And as part of that role, she is said to have handed out a 58 page rulebook to staff which included chilling instructions such as “see nothing, hear nothing”.
Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, who worked at the paedo’s mansion in Palm Beach from 1990 to 2002 took the stand on day five.
And he revealed Maxwell once handed him a hefty booklet with a checklist detailing the tasks he was to carry out to “maintain the house” – something he said he found “degrading”.
The book, which was submitted into evidence and was written by a “Countess”, the court heard, was released showing yet more strict rules staff members were told to follow.
DEFENSE OBJECTED TO VIDEO, PHOTOS BEING SHOWN TO THE JURY
Prosecutors claim the interior of Epstein’s mansion is proof of a sexualized atmosphere encouraged by Maxwell to put pressure on the victims.
The evidence was presented over the objection of the defence, with Maxwell’s lawyer saying it was an attempt to unfairly depict the house as a “domicile of debauchery”.
INSIDE EPSTEIN’S MANSION
Elsewhere in the mansion, you can see paintings of nude women hanging on the wall – with a bare bum visible in one, and two naked women lying on a bed in the other.
A photo of a seemingly naked woman is also seen hanging on a door between the two sketches.
And meanwhile, in pictures of one of the bedrooms you can see boxes of tissues sitting on beside tables.
Epstein’s shower room is seen including a red sofa, above it which appears to be pictured of naked people.
FRAMED NUDE PICTURE OF MAXWELL SHOWN AT TRIAL
Police photos showing what appears to be framed nude picture of Ghislaine Maxwell were shown to the jury at her sex trafficking trial.
Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Palm Beach mansion as part of the case.
Photos include images of a room in the property with a desk which appears to have a nude photo of Ghislaine sitting on it.
It appears to be a now-famous photo of her lying on a beach, and above it there is a framed portrait of her hanging on the wall.
The photo of her lying nude on a beach has been widely reported on after it was previously revealed to have been found at the mansion.
NEXT WITNESS TAKES THE STAND
JP Morgan executive director Patrick McHugh also took the stand on Monday.
He testified about wire transfers sent to Ghislaine Maxwell from accounts that belonged to Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell’s Bear Stearns account received $18.3 million on October 19, 1999, the New York Post reported.
In 2002, Maxwell received another $5million, according to McHugh’s testimony.
‘SHE TOLD ME I WAS ONE OF HIS FAVORITES’
“Kate,” the second alleged victim to testify during the British socialite’s trial, spoke on Monday about her relationship with Epstein and Maxwell.
She told the court Maxwell “told me that I was such a good girl and that I was one of [Epstein’s] favorites,” as reported by Sky News.
This reported exchange happened after Kate had a sexual encounter with Epstein at the pool house of his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
WITNESS SAYS SHE WAS GIVEN ‘SCHOOLGIRL OUTFIT’
Witness “Kate” testified on Monday that Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein gave her a schoolgirl outfit and asked her to serve Epstein tea while wearing it.
This allegedly happened at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion in the early 1990s.
“I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffrey his tea in this outfit,” Kate said Maxwell told her, as reported by the New York Post.
COURT SKETCH: MAXWELL HUGS HER ATTORNEY
Ghislaine Maxwell was seen hugging her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during her sex trafficking trial on Monday in New York City.
Ghislaine Maxwell hugs her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during the trial of Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jane RosenbergCredit: Reuters
‘THIS IS THE GIRL I TOLD YOU ABOUT’
Maxwell told Epstein “this is the girl that I told you about'” and “that I was strangely strong for my size”, Kate told the court.
“She said, ‘Why don’t you give his feet a little squeeze to show him how strong you are?”
She said Maxwell gave her massage oil and led her to a room where Epstein was wearing just a dressing gown and closed the door.
Kate was asked by prosecutor Lara Pomerantz if Epstein initiated sexual contact to which she said: “Yes”.
After the sexual contact with Epstein Kate said Maxwell bought her a Prada handbag for her 18th birthday.
Because Kate was over the age of consent in Britain, Judge Alison Nathan instructed the jury that any sexual encounters she described were not “illegal sex acts.”
‘A PHILANTHROPIST WHO LIKED TO HELP PEOPLE’
Kate – who said she is a musician and singer – said she was 17 when she met Maxwell for tea at her London townhouse in 1994.
Now in her mid-40s, she recounted how she was an aspiring musician at the time, and that Maxwell said her boyfriend could help with her career.
As few weeks later, Kate again went to the house and she was introduced to Epstein by Maxwell, who described him as a “philanthropist” who liked to help people.
The jury heard Maxwell told her his massage therapist had cancelled and asked could she step in.
MAXWELL ‘SEEMED TO KNOW EVERYBODY’
Kate was asked by prosecutor Laura Pomerantz about Maxwell’s social circle to which she replied she “seemed to know everybody”.
“She was friends with Prince Andrew, friends with Donald Trump,” she said.
“Sometimes their names would just come up or she would be talking on the phone about them with me present.”
MAXWELL ‘BRAGGED ABOUT FRIENDS,’ COURT HEARS
Maxwell would regularly name-drop Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, her trial was told.
The claim was made by a British woman, who alleges she was groomed by the 59-year-old socialite for abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.
The witness – known as Kate to protect her identity – told the court in New York that she first met Maxwell when she was 17.
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