Ghislaine Maxwell trial – live: Second accuser testifies as court hears Epstein wired millions to socialite

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and former partner of Jeffrey Epstein, has adjourned for the day in New York.

Ms Maxwell, 59, is accused of grooming teenage girls for abuse by the late convicted sex offender and financier. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her.

The trial at a federal district court in Manhattan is expected to last six weeks. Judge Alison Nathan is presiding.

On Monday morning, the court heard from a witness using the pseudonym “Kate” who said Ms Maxwell groomed her for sexual encounters with Epstein, bought her gifts, and made her wear a schoolgirl costume.

Last week, prosecutors brought a green massage table in front of the jurors and a survivor using the name “Jane” claimed in her testimony that Epstein routinely used massages as a pretext for sex abuse.

In the afternoon details of financial transactions between Epstein and Ms Maxwell were presented to the court and FBI agents recounted the 2019 raid on his New York townhouse.

If Ms Maxwell is found guilty, she could face up to 35 years in jail.

Key Points

  • Maxwell boasted of Epstein friendship with Trump and Prince Andrew

  • Witness was given schoolgirl outfit to wear when with Epstein

  • Prosecutors say Maxwell created a ‘culture of silence’

  • Maxwell’s family ask that she receives food, soap and sanitiser in trial

  • Victim calls Maxwell ‘engineer’ of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse

  • What we’ve learned so far from inside the courtroom

Maxwell said Epstein needed to have sex three times a day, accuser testifies

05:06 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The second accuser, who testified under the pseudonym “Kate”, told the court that Jeffrey Epstein “needed to have sex about three times a day”.

Kate testified she first met Ghislaine Maxwell when she was 17 through her older boyfriend, during their trip to Paris.

The woman, now 44-year-old, said Ms Maxwell told her to dress up in a schoolgirl’s outfit before giving Epstein a sexualised massage at his Palm Beach mansion.

When the court asked if Ms Maxwell mentioned how often Epstein needed to have sex, Kate answered: “She said he needed to have sex about three times a day”.

She told the court that she did not tell anyone about her experiences because she knew how “well connected” they were.

Who are the key courtroom figures?

04:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Epstein wired over $30 mn to Maxwell over eight years

03:57 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Ghislaine Maxwell received over $30 mn (£22.6 mn) from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein over a period of eight years.

Documents presented to the Federal court showed $7.4 mn of the money received by Ms Maxwell was spent on a green helicopter.

Transactions on JP Morgan bank statements from either Epstein’s accounts or his company accounts showed $30.7 mn was transferred to Ms Maxwell between 1999 and 2007.

Patrick McHugh of JP Morgan testifies during trial (AP)

Second accuser says she gave Epstein massages while dressed as schoolgirl

03:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Ghislaine Maxwell told a young woman to dress up in a schoolgirl’s outfit before giving Jeffrey Epstein a sexualised massage at his Palm Beach mansion, a court in New York heard on Monday.

The now 44-year-old British woman told the court she had first given sexual massages to Epstein at the age of 17 at Ms Maxwell’s townhome in Belgravia, London.

Bevan Hurley reports from the court in Lower Manahttan.

ICYMI: Housekeeper drove accuser ‘Jane’ to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion aged 14

02:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Jeffrey Epstein’s former housekeeper testified that the first accuser in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial was a frequent visitor to his Palm Beach mansion when she was 14 years old.

Bevan Hurley reports.

Key points from week one of the trial

01:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Week one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial saw emotional testimony from the first of her accusers as well as a detailed look behind closed doors at the life she and Jeffrey Epstein led in Palm Beach.

Voices: Why Maxwell’s trial feel familiar

00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Clémence Michallon explains why Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial feels disturbingly familiar.

‘It was not a secret, it was a mandate,’ house manager says of removing Maxwell pictures

Monday 6 December 2021 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Last week saw extensive testimony by Epstein’s former housekeeper in Palm Beach, who gave the court insight into the disgraced sex financer’s life and Ms Maxwell’s place in it.

Bevan Hurley reports.

‘Never disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone'

Monday 6 December 2021 22:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The former housekeeper of Jeffrey Epstein testified on the fourth day of his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that his staff had to follow a number of “degrading” rules enforced by the British socialite.

Juan Alessi worked for the disgraced financier and convicted sex offender at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida between 1990 and 2002. Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on further sex crimes charges.

Gustaf Kilander reports.

Court adjourns for the day

Monday 6 December 2021 22:04 , Oliver O'Connell

Judge Alison Nathan has adjourned the court for the day following a short bit of testimony from FBI analyst Kimberly Meder.

She testified about the CDs discovered in Epstein’s safe at the townhouse in 2019.

One image found on one of the CDs showed Ms Maxwell and Epstein together, she said.

Monday 6 December 2021 21:35 , Oliver O'Connell

The raid on the house was carried out in early July 2019 and according to reports at the time, a trove of lewd photographs of children was found in a safe at the property.

Court papers said that alongside photos were compact discs with handwritten labels including: “‘Young [Name] + [Name],’ ‘Misc nudes 1,’ and ‘Girl pics nude.”

Epstein’s New York townhouse

Monday 6 December 2021 21:22 , Oliver O'Connell

(US Department of Justice)

New witness: FBI Special Agent Kelly Maguire

Monday 6 December 2021 21:19 , Oliver O'Connell

Agent McGuire begins her testimony by identifying the front view of Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan. Ms McGuire was part of the raid on the home in July 2019 when Epstein was arrested for sex trafficking.

When agents and NYPD arrived at the townhouse there was no answer at the front door and so officers forced their way in.

The court is shown photos of the third-floor massage room. Pictures on the walls have been redacted in the public exhibit.

Court sketch: Witness ‘Kate’ testifies

Monday 6 December 2021 21:12 , Oliver O'Connell

The witness using the pseudonym ‘Kate’ testified on Monday morning about how she met Ms Maxwell and was introduced to Epstein (REUTERS)

Schoolgirl outfits may not be submitted as evidence

Monday 6 December 2021 20:54 , Oliver O'Connell

It is unclear whether the judge will allow schoolgirl outfits to be submitted as evidence. They were recovered from Epstein’s New York home in 2019, therefore being both chronologically and physically distant from the one described by “Kate” in Palm Beach many years before.

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Monday 6 December 2021 20:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Clarification on helicopter purchase – the $7.4m may have been the same money passing through multiple accounts, as opposed to two identical transactions.

Court has paused for an afternoon recess.

‘She told me I was such a good girl, and that I was one of his favourites’

Monday 6 December 2021 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Ghislaine Maxwell told a young woman to dress up in a schoolgirl’s outfit before giving Jeffrey Epstein a sexualised massage at his Palm Beach mansion, a court in New York heard on Monday.

The now 44-year-old British woman told the court she had first given sexual massages to Epstein at the age of 17 at Ms Maxwell’s townhome in Belgravia London.

Testifying under the pseudonym Kate, the woman said on a later trip to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion she found a schoolgirl’s uniform had been left on a bed in her room consisting of a short white pleated-skirt, shirt, underwear, and socks.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley reports from the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in Lower Manhattan about “Kate’s” testimony.

Monday 6 December 2021 20:26 , Oliver O'Connell

During cross-examination by Ms Maxwell’s lawyer, Mr McHugh confirms that the document regarding the helicopter purchase does not show who approved the wire transfer.

Voices: Maxwell trial revives particularly controversial phrase

Monday 6 December 2021 20:14 , Oliver O'Connell

Author and City University of New York professor Margot Mifflin writes:

The Ghislaine Maxwell trial has revived a meaningless term that needs to be abolished: “underage girls.” By definition, girls are children, and children are underage. The phrase implies that some “girls” are old enough to have sex with adults who aren’t criminals. Call them children, teens, teenage girls, or minors, and call the crime committed against them what it is: sexual abuse. Not “sex with an underage girl.”

Monday 6 December 2021 19:56 , Oliver O'Connell

In June 2007 records show two transfers of approximately $7.4m three days apart that appear to be for the purchase of a green helicopter.

One occurred on 15 June and one on 18 June to an account associated with “Air Ghislaine Inc.”

Monday 6 December 2021 19:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Mr McHugh, as executive director of client services at the bank, is asked to authenticate bank records of wire transfers from accounts owned by Epstein to accounts owned by Ms Maxwell.

They include $18.3m in Bear Stearns money market shares in October 1999, and $5m on 18 September 2002.

New Witness: Patrick McHugh, JP Morgan Chase

Monday 6 December 2021 19:26 , Oliver O'Connell

With the jury returning from lunch, after a brief redirect regarding “Kate’s” testimony, specifically her award from the victims’ fund, a new witness is brought out.

Patrick McHugh is an officer at JP Morgan Chase and can speak about who is authorised to access accounts and other related matters.

The Assistant US Attorney names a number of financial exhibits to be entered into evidence.

Maxwell ‘a very sick woman’ says accuser

Monday 6 December 2021 19:04 , Oliver O'Connell

One of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers has described seeing “the enjoyment in her face” as the 59-year-old British socialite “humiliat[ed]” her alleged victims as “the engineer” of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse.

Rachel Sharp reports.

Maxwell family writes to Merrick Garland asking for food and soap for defendant

Monday 6 December 2021 18:29 , Oliver O'Connell

Ghislaine Maxwell’s family have written to Attorney General Merrick B Garland requesting that authorities stop using four-point restraints to shackle her hands, waist, and feet when she is moved from a holding cell to the courtroom, and that she receive a food pack and a bar of soap each day.

Monday 6 December 2021 17:54 , Oliver O'Connell

Court breaks for lunch.

Prosecution redirect will begin this afternoon.

Epstein emails

Monday 6 December 2021 17:31 , Oliver O'Connell

Ms Sternheim asks to enter into evidence emails between “Kate” and Epstein when he was in jail.

She says one is signed “Best, love always”, which “Kate” confirms.

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“Kate” says that she initiated email contact with him because she wanted to meet with him in New York. She broke off contact with him when she became a mother in her thirties. She is now 44.

Monday 6 December 2021 17:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Of her personal life, “Kate” confirms that she dated men and married a man who owned two restaurants. That marriage ended with him divorcing her and she has not remarried.

Ms Sternheim asks if she asked someone to plant drugs on the father of her child to advance a custody case.

“Kate” emphatically replies: “Absolutely not.”

Monday 6 December 2021 17:05 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” is asked about her abuse of drugs and alcohol, and whether they have affected her memory.

She replies that they did not affect the memories she has always had.

“Kate” used drugs for 10 years, but now leads a sober life.

Monday 6 December 2021 17:03 , Oliver O'Connell

Ms Sternheim questions “Kate” about her anonymity and the number of times she has spoken publicly, including an appearance in the same courthouse in front of a different judge.

She is also asked about her attorney mentioning her in a book, which she acknowledges but downplays, saying that there is only one sentence about her and that she gave permission.

Cross-examination of ‘Kate’ begins

Monday 6 December 2021 16:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Defence lawyer Bobbi Sternheim is cross-examining the witness “Kate”, asking her about her family and career as an “international model”.

Her mother was a beautiful debutante and her stepfather was very wealthy and lived in Belgravia in central London.

“Kate” confirms she modelled, including for lingerie companies, and dated a prominent Oxford classmate of Ms Maxwell.

She moved to the US on an “extraordinary ability” visa as a musician. She had non-speaking parts and in movies including one with a very well-known UK actor.

Maxwell family letter to AG Garland

Monday 6 December 2021 16:23 , Oliver O'Connell

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Monday 6 December 2021 15:48 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” stopped communicating with Epstein in her late 20s.

She was awarded $2.5m from the Epstein victims’ fund. She adds she has never sued Ms Maxwell and has no plans to do so.

“Kate” is using a pseudonym so that her child will not be associated with her testimony.

Monday 6 December 2021 15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” admits she was addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping pills, which the defence says has fogged her memory.

Asked whether her memories have changed as Ms Maxwell’s lawyers have claimed, she says no.

“The memories that I have of significant events of my life have never changed,” she says.

She adds she may initially have “missed” certain memories that she later recalls.

‘Little St Jeff'

Monday 6 December 2021 15:41 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” recalls visiting Little St James, Epstein’s private island that he referred to as “Little St Jeff”.

She was in her early 20s at the time and remembers “a blonde slim girl, who seemed far younger than me at the time, very young”.

‘Kate’ was given schoolgirl outfit to wear

Monday 6 December 2021 15:38 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” testifies that she was given a schoolgirl outfit to wear when seeing Epstein in Palm Beach, consisting of a short pleated skirt, white socks and underwear, and a shirt.

Asked why she wore it, she replied: “I didn’t know how to say no to that. I didn’t know anybody in Florida. I had never been to Palm Beach or Florida before. I wasn’t sure if I said no if I would have to leave or what consequence there would be for not doing it.”

Ms Maxwell told her she was a “good girl” and “one of his favourites”.

Ms Maxwell gave ‘Kate’ gifts, boasted of famous friends

Monday 6 December 2021 15:27 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” describes Ms Maxwell as telling her about her famous friends including Prince Andrew and Donald Trump. She also confirms that she was given gifts including a Prada handbag.

Prosecutors have long described gifts from Ms Maxwell as part of the grooming process.

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Monday 6 December 2021 15:22 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” said Ms Maxwell asked if she could find someone to give Epstein oral sex and that said that he needed sex three times a day.

“You know what he likes. Cute, young, pretty—like you,” she said Ms Maxwell told her.

Monday 6 December 2021 15:11 , Oliver O'Connell

Kate confirms Epstein initiated sexual contact with her, but cannot discuss the details per the court’s ruling. Ms Maxwell was present and asked her afterward if she had fun.

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‘Kate’ describes meeting Epstein

Monday 6 December 2021 15:08 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” said Ms Maxwell called Epstein a philanthropist who liked to help young people.

“She said that I was exactly the kind of person that he would help.”

On meeting Epstein, she described him as being in his 40s, wearing sweat clothes, and talking loudly on a phone.

Ms Maxwell described her as “strangely strong for her size” and suggested she give Epstein’s feet a squeeze to show how strong she was. “Kate” did and was then asked to massage him as his massage therapist had cancelled.

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Monday 6 December 2021 15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

“Kate” works with women who are victims of trauma but was once a musician and singer.

She describes meeting Ms Maxwell in Paris when on a trip with a boyfriend when she was about 17.

Ms Maxwell invited her to tea at her house a few weeks later.

“She seemed very exciting. She seemed to be everything I wanted to be,” she said, also recalling a photograph of an older man with “peppered”, “greying” hair. She learned that it was Jeffrey Epstein.

“I had a really lovely time, and I felt special. And I felt… that I found a new connection that could be very meaningful for me,” she said.

“I left there feeling exhilarated.”

“Kate” takes the stand

Monday 6 December 2021 14:48 , Oliver O'Connell

A witness referred to as “Kate” is now on the stand. Judge Nathan informs the jury that she is not a victim of the crimes charged in the indictment and the government has been instructed that she is not to testify about the details of any sexual contact with Epstein.

To protect her identity, court sketch artists are told not to draw her in detail.

Pre-trial proceedings

Monday 6 December 2021 14:45 , Oliver O'Connell

In pre-trial proceedings this morning, Judge Nathan said that the next anticipated witness is “Kate” who the defence argues was over the age of consent and therefore they question the scope of her testimony.

Judge Nathan said she will tell the jury that the witness is not a victim of the crimes charged in the indictment.

The judge also ordered the redacting of photographs on the wall of Epstein’s massage room. She will also exclude photographs of vibrators of various sizes, saying that they have “little if any relevance” and could “confuse” the jurors. Schoolgirl costumes mentioned on Friday may be entered into evidence if they are connected to the timeframe of the indictment by a witness.

Ms Maxwell’s defence team has made admissibility arguments about evidence gathered during the 2005 search of Epstein’s Palm Beach house by police. The time period of the indictment ends in 2004.

The massage table

Monday 6 December 2021 14:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Jeffrey Epstein’s massage table was shown to the court on Friday. A photo has now been entered into evidence.

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Maxwell’s family ask that she receives food, soap and sanitiser in trial

Monday 6 December 2021 13:45 , Eleanor Sly

The family of Ghislaine Maxwell have asked the US attorney general to improve the treatment that she is receiving during her trial “in the interest of justice and common humanity.”

Maxwell’s family have written to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland asking that authorities stop using four-point restraints to shackle her hands, waist and feet when she is moved from a holding cell to the courtroom. They have also requested that she receives a food pack and a bar of soap each day.

As well as this, the family has asked that she be allowed to meet with her attorneys for at least 30 minutes before and after each day’s proceedings.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the family said that restraints cause bruising, broken skin and other “unnecessary trauma.”

They have also complained that she received “minimal sustenance” during the first week of her trial, had no access to soap or hand sanitizer despite the risk of Covid-19. They also pointed out that she was only allowed to confer with her attorneys in areas where they were likely to be heard by prosecutors.

“Ghislaine’s physical welfare and her right to have proper and timely access to her counsel during the trial have been entirely overlooked,’’ the family said. “On behalf of their sister, her brothers and sisters urge Attorney Garland to intervene immediately today to grant the simple, fair and just remedies requested.’’

Additional reporting by AP

Epstein’s island: What really happened there?

Monday 6 December 2021 12:50 , Eleanor Sly

The guests came from across the world, and from the highest ranks of society: celebrities and scientists and members of royal families, touching down in a private jet and then boarding a helicopter to the island. Its owner liked to call it “Little St Jeff”; locals called it “paedophile island”.

But what is the truth about Little St James, the 75-acre private paradise in the US Virgin Islands that billionaire sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein once called home?

The island is now at the centre of a web of lawsuits and criminal investigations seeking to untangle the life of Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019 at the age of 66 in what authorities claimed was a suicide.

Io Dodds reports:

Palm Beach police sergeant to continue testifying on Monday

Monday 6 December 2021 11:59 , Eleanor Sly

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell will enter its second week of testimony in federal court today in Manhattan, with the first witness of the week expected to be Michael Dawson.

Mr Dawson was the final witness to testify last week and is a Palm Beach police sergeant who participated in a search of a South Florida estate owned by Jeffrey Epstein in October 2005.

Mr Dawson said that authorities seized two massage tables and a number of sex toys.

Epstein’s Manhattan house was searched some years later in 2019.

According to prosecutors, “schoolgirl costumes, small ones, were found in the same floor of the house as a massage room where an underage girl was sexually abused.”

They say the evidence is “highly probative” of Epstein’s predatory interest in teenage minors.

Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Who are the key courtroom figures?

Monday 6 December 2021 11:00 , Eleanor Sly

After nearly 17 months in jail, Ghislaine Maxwell will finally have her day in court as her trial for underage sex trafficking gets underway in Manhattan’s federal court on Monday.

After months of pre-trial hearings, prosecutors will deliver opening arguments on how Ms Maxwell allegedly recruited and groomed girls on behalf of her one-time boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

The spectre of Epstein, who killed himself in August 2019 while awaiting trial, is likely to hang heavily over the trial.

Bevan Hurley reports:

Epstein employment ‘slavery’ says former housekeeper

Monday 6 December 2021 10:30 , Eleanor Sly

Juan Patricio Alessi, the former housekeeper to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, said that having to be at Epstein’s Palm Beach residence 24 hours a da was “slavery.”

The 72 year old was asked what he had to do when Epstein was at his house in Palm Beach, Maxwell’s defence counsel Jeffrey Pagliuca asked him: “When he was there, you had to be there 24 hours a day, correct?”

Mr Alessi responded: “Yes, it was slavery.”

The former housekeeper was also asked whether or not he would take instructions directly from Epstein. Mr Alessi replied that he would always get directions from Maxwell because “she was my immediate superior”.

He added: “He had very little contact with me in the later years.”

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial feels disturbingly familiar

Monday 6 December 2021 09:20 , Eleanor Sly

The women never have names. Not their real ones, anyway. When the time comes to stand in the courtroom and relive their past traumas, a lot of them choose pseudonyms.

They do it to protect their present and future selves. They do it to preserve their careers, their personal lives. They do it so that people won’t be able to look them up.

They do it because they know the world isn’t kind to those who say they were the victims of sexual crimes.

Clémence Michallon writes:

Why is the trial not being televised?

Monday 6 December 2021 08:19 , Eleanor Sly

Television broadcasts have allowed scores of people to witness the trial and acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people during a Wisconsin protest, so why is Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial not being broadcast too?

In fact there are specific rules which govern what goes on in different courts, with the rules in federal court particularly strict when it comes to the broadcast of cases.

Under rule 53 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the broadcast of criminal cases has been barred.

Rules are slightly different in county courts, with the state court in Wisconsin (where Mr Rittenhouse’s trial was held) allowing recording devices and cameras in the courtroom since 1979.

Televised trials also face criticism around concerns over whether or not broadcasting a trial could have an effect on how trial participants behave.

Ruth Ann Strickland a former government and justice studies professor at Appalachian State University wrote for the First Amendment Encyclopedia: “Some witnesses fidget nervously before cameras, possibly harming their credibility with jurors.”

In the Maxwell case, there is another concern around keeping the identity a secret of those who testify against Maxwell.

Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled courtroom artists will not even be allowed to sketch the accusers, The New York Times reported. Meanwhile, accusers are allowed to testify under pseudonyms.

How Ghislaine Maxwell met Jeffrey Epstein

Monday 6 December 2021 07:38 , Eleanor Sly

She spent decades rubbing shoulders with British royals and US presidents.

Now British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is set to stand trial in a New York courtroom on sex trafficking charges, and faces decades behind bars if convicted. The trial is set to beging on Monday, 29 November.

Ms Maxwell, the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, told a 2016 deposition that she met Jeffrey Epstein, then a wealthy financier, in 1991 through a mutual friend.

Graeme Massie has more:

Expert says defence to keep the spotlight on Epstein

Monday 6 December 2021 07:04 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Deborah Tuerkheimer, a professor of law at Northwestern University says that in an effort to make Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Eve’ to Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Adam,’ — “we can expect the defence to do whatever it can to keep the spotlight on his manipulative, grooming behaviour.”

During the opening statements, Ms Maxwell’s lawyer — Bobbi Sternheim — had said: “Ever since Eve was tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behaviour of men.” She added: “She is not Jeffrey Epstein, she is not like Jeffrey Epstein.”

Ms Tuerkheimer was quoted by NBC as saying that the “defence has signalled its intention to make Epstein central to this trial. By portraying him as charismatic, well-connected, almost larger than life, her team may well be hoping to make Maxwell disappear into the background. Epstein’s star-studded life of fame and riches can grab the jury’s attention and focus, increasing the odds that Maxwell appears as a merely peripheral figure in the story.”

ICYMI: Prosecutors say Maxwell created a ‘culture of silence’

Monday 6 December 2021 06:26 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Prosecutors at the Ghislaine Maxwell trial accused the former partner of now-dead sex offender Jeffrey Epstein of fostering a “culture of silence” to hide his crimes.

Prosecutors said that Epstein ordered the construction of a detached staff quarter, surrounded by a tall wall, so as to hide the view of the main mansion from them.

Juan Alessi, the former housekeeper of Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida also testified that it was “a kind of warning that I was supposed to be blind, deaf and dumb, to say nothing of their lives.”

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell who faces six charges — one each of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sex acts, sex trafficking of a minor, and three counts of conspiracy related to the other counts — resumes today.

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ICYMI: Epstein’s former pilot reveals names of his celeb guests

Monday 6 December 2021 05:55 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Jeffrey Epstein’s former pilot, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. revealed names of several celebrities including Hollywood stars who were guests on the financier’s plane.

During the trial, when questioned by Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney, he named several celebs like Kevin Spacey, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

He worked for Epstein between 1991 and 2019.

Mr Visoski Jr said that Ms Maxwell was the “number two” and that Epstein himself was the “big number one” of his operations.

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell resumes today at a federal district court in Manhattan.

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What we’ve learned so far from inside the courtroom

Monday 6 December 2021 22:34 , Oliver O'Connell

The Ghislaine Maxwell trial began with a sentence that attempted to distill the complex case which spans decades and jurisdictions and pierces the normally secretive world of America’s ultra-wealthy elite.

Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

ICYMI: Epstein housekeeper calls Maxwell ‘lady of the house’

Monday 6 December 2021 05:17 , Maroosha Muzaffar

During the ongoing trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the housekeeper of Jeffrey Epstein recalled finding sex toys inside his Palm Beach, Florida mansion.

Juan Alessi, over several hours of his testimony last week said that Ms Maxwell was the “lady of the house” and described the years working for the sex offender.

Mr Alessi also said that he found pornographic tapes and a black leather costume at Epstein’s mansion.

He told the court on Thursday that the now-dead financier would get massages up to three times a day, always by a woman.

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What we’ve learned so far from inside the courtroom

Monday 6 December 2021 04:41 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and former partner of Jeffrey Epstein, faces six charges in the ongoing trial — one each of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sex acts, sex trafficking of a minor, and three counts of conspiracy related to the other counts.

After the trial was adjourned for the weekend in New York City, it resumes today in a federal district court in Manhattan.

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Victim calls Maxwell ‘engineer’ of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse

Monday 6 December 2021 04:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

One of the accusers in court last week labelled Ghislaine Maxwell as a “very sick woman” and called her an “engineer” of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse.

Sarah Ransome, who says she was repeatedly raped by Epstein over a period of nine months, said that one could see “the enjoyment in her face” as the 59-year-old humiliat[ed]” her alleged victims.

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Monday 6 December 2021 03:33 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial.

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Apple launched a “Personal Safety User Guide” as concerns continue to mount over the use of the company’s AirTags to stalk people. Apple says the guide available on its website ... Read more »

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Immersive video game explores the history of women at MIT

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A robot has successfully performed autonomous abdominal surgery on a pig. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported the breakthrough on Wednesday in Science Daily News. The team has been programming ... Read more »

Deploying machine learning to improve mental health

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Unexpected cold snap or snow? You can use these common household items to remove snow and ice

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. There’s nothing worse than being caught off guard by a storm ... Read more »

Some special Microsoft 365 accounts will now receive stronger protection than the rest

Microsoft is preparing a new feature for its antivirus platform that will give organizations a greater level of control over the protection provided to specific employees. As per a new ... Read more »

‘Sold by Amazon' program ends following state investigation

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Devin Nunes, the CEO of Trump’s TRUTH network, a former California politician who once sued an imaginary cow over a Twitter beef, recently declared that the upcoming conservative conversation chamber ... Read more »

Hot stuff: Fusion power milestone reached

Researchers said Wednesday they were able to spark a fusion reaction that briefly sustained itself. The ultimate goal, still years away, is to generate power the way the sun generates heat. Read more »

‘Book of Boba Fett' catches up with old friends from ‘The Mandalorian'

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. The Book of Boba Fett episode five is an odd one, ... Read more »

A nudge to resume economic activity

MIT experiment finds people will respond to cues from neighbors about activities and risk preferences. Read more »

Here's what Russia's conflict in Ukraine could mean for US fuel, energy prices

Gas prices have ticked up slightly in the past month and are still nearly $1 higher than a year ago. The conflict in Ukraine is increasing concerns about energy costs this year. Read more »

Prince Andrew denies being co-conspirator of Jeffrey Epstein

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Steve Parsons/AP Prince Andrew has denied that he was a co-conspirator of Jeffrey Epstein, his lawyers said in court papers filed Wednesday. The Duke ... Read more »

Out-of-control homophobe spits menacing threats at judge as he's sentenced to jail

A man who hurled homophobic abuse and spat at police officers threatened to burgle a judge as he was sentenced. Christopher Tweed, a 35-year-old from the southeast town of Chatham, ... Read more »

Prince Andrew asks for trial by jury as he denies all Virginia Giuffre sex assault claims

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U.S., NATO Deliver Responses to Russian Demands: Ukraine Update

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. delivered a written response to Russia on the crisis in Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying it sets out “a serious diplomatic path forward” ... Read more »

Can humans regrow limbs? A lab study with frogs offers hope

Scientists used a combination of a drug cocktail and specialized wearable bioreactor, with frogs regrowing legs that could be used to stand and swim.  Read more »

Prince Andrew requests jury trial in suit brought by Virginia Giuffre

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Steam Deck is finally coming out on February 25

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Major WordPress update will make amateurs look like master web developers

WordPress.org has announced the release of WordPress 5.9, a new version of the famous CMS that will change the way many people build their websites. The new iteration of WordPress ... Read more »

General Motors to add 8,000 technical workers this year

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On the hunt for meteorites, researchers look to a data-based 'treasure map'

Right now, Antarctic meteorite expeditions are more or less potluck: many missions return, after much cost and no little danger, empty-handed.  Read more »

Check out these sweet Valentine's Day chocolate deals from Godiva, Williams Sonoma and QVC

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Most Covid cases admitted to hospital there ‘because of' the disease – figures

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Serial abuser who launched 'devastating' assault on partner handed 'unacceptable' sentence

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Team USA Olympic gear is here—cheer on your favorite athletes with these patriotic pieces

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AMD Ryzen 7 3700X review

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