Ghislaine Maxwell trial updates LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein's ‘madam' in court and coverage ripped as FAKE press ban surfaces

Ghislaine Maxwell trial updates LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ in court and coverage ripped as FAKE press ban surfaces

THE sex trafficking trial of Jeffrey's Epstein's alleged “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell started on Monday, as false reports of the press being banned from the courtroom emerged.

Before the crux of the trial even got underway, online trolls claimed there was a “gag order” barring coverage of the event.

There is no such order in place for the trial, according to Newsweek.

Maxwell's defense attorney compared Jeffrey Epstein to James Bond in the opening day of the socialite's sex trial.

Opening the case for the defense, Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim told the jury: “Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behavior of men, and women are often vilified and punished more than men are.

“The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did. But she is not Jeffrey Epstein.”

Of Epstein, Sternheim said that “in many regards, he was like a 21st century James Bond…his accusers have shaken the money tree and millions of dollars have fallen their way.”

The case could see bombshell revelations from the murky world of Epstein emerge as Maxwell answers six charges relating to the trafficking and abuse of four victims.

Maxwell faces allegations that she procured girls for Epstein while also participating in the abuse herself on a number of occasions.

Prosecutors allege she and Epstein exploited girls as young as 14.

Maxwell’s lawyers deny all charges against her and will attempt to argue her relationship with Epstein has been overstated.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jocelyn Cook17 minutes ago


    Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr, who was Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot from 1991 to 2019, continued testifying on Tuesday.

    He was asked whether former President Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane and replied yes, adding that he was asked to clean up, according to The Independent.

  • Jocelyn Cook45 minutes ago


    Prosecutors allege that an address book containing the contact information of the alleged victims belonged to Maxwell, and that she and Epstein used it.

    The court will hear testimony about the book from a former employee at Epstein's Palm Beach mansion.

    The judge said after hearing the testimony, she will then decide if the jury can see any of the book.

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 16:30


    Visoski, Epstein's pilot for many years, said that he flew Epstein to his private island at least every 10 days for 20 years when he testified on Tuesday, according to The Independent.

    He claimed that it was not unusual for Ghislaine Maxwell to be in the cockpit and that she flew his helicopters as well.

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 16:02


    With a trial expected to last about six weeks, it's not likely we will see a conviction before the end of the holidays this year.

    It is expected that Ghislaine Maxwell will turn 60 behind bars.

    Her birthday falls on Christmas Day.

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 15:30


    Ghislaine Maxwell does not have any children of her own, but is reportedly the stepmother to her husband's children from his first marriage.

    According to reports, Maxwell secretly wed tech millionaire Scott Borgerson in 2016.

    Maxwell's own family didn't know about the wedding until her bail hearing, according to her brother, Ian.

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 15:15


    Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr, who was Jeffrey Epstein's pilot from 1991 to 2019, began his testimony on Monday afternoon and is set to continue testifying on Tuesday.

    Visoski previously testified that Maxwell oversaw Epstein’s households, according to The Guardian.

    He was asked about Maxwell and Epstein’s relationship and said: “I thought it was more personal than business.”

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 15:00


    “But was happening in those massage rooms was not massage. Those girls were not professional masseuses. They were kids being sexually exploited and abused,” Pomerantz continued.

    Not only did Maxwell groom the girls to be abused by Epstein, she even watched and took part, the court was told as the prosecutor opened the case.

    “The defendant walked the girls into a room where she knew that man would molest them, and there were times she was in the room when it happened, making it all feel normal and casual. That is why we are here today.”

    “Sometimes, she was even in the room for the massages herself, and sometimes she touched the girls' bodies.”

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 14:31


    While opening the case against Ghislaine Maxwell, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz said: “The defendant helped Epstein find those girls, she helped him recruit those girls for so-called massages.”

    “She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be sexually abused.”

    “Make no mistake – she knew exactly what Epstein was going to do to those children when she sent them inside those massage rooms.”

  • Jocelyn CookToday, 14:00


    There is no gag order, according to Newsweek.

    Rumors have circulated online that members of the press have been barred from the courtroom by the judge.

    Only individuals inside the courtroom will be able to watch the trial, per federal rules.

    Members of the press are among those who are guaranteed access to the trial.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 13:30


    The trial is set to take six weeks.

    Maxwell has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in connection to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

    She has pled not guilty to the charges, and was denied bail several times.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 13:00


    Prosecutors called the trial’s first witness on Monday.

    It was one of Jeffrey Epstein’s former pilots, Larry Visoski.

    According to the New York Times, Visoski described Epstein and Maxwell’s relationship as “couple-ish.”

    The pilot spoke about Epstein’s lifestyle and many residences, testifying that  “pretty much every four days we were on the road flying somewhere.”

    Visoski is expected to continue testifying on Tuesday.

    Ghislaine Maxwell trial updates LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ in court and coverage ripped as FAKE press ban surfaces

    Credit: Reuters

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 12:30


    Opening the case for the defense, Bobbi Sternheim told the jury: “Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behavior of men, and women are often vilified and punished more than men are.

    “The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did. But she is not Jeffrey Epstein.

    “She is not like Jeffrey Epstein and she is not like any of the other men, powerful men, moguls, who abused women.”

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 12:00


    Eva Policastro was pictured protesting in front of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse as the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell got underway in New York on November 29.

    Her hat read “Epstein didn't kill himself.”

    Maxwell is expected to contest sex trafficking accusations that she aided the now deceased and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, to obtain underage girls.

    Ghislaine Maxwell trial updates LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ in court and coverage ripped as FAKE press ban surfaces

    Credit: PA:Press Association

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 11:30


    The jury of seven women and five men heard Monday afternoon how the British socialite and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein went after young girls with “difficult home lives.”

    Prosecutor Pomerantz said: “Maxwell put them at ease…all so they could be molested by a middle-aged man.”

    She told jurors that Maxwell and Epstein’s youngest alleged victim, who was 14 when she was “recruited”, did not know that “this man and woman were predators”.

    The prosecutor said: “This meeting was the beginning of that man and woman targeting (the victim) for sexual abuse that would last for years.”

    Pointing to the defendant, Ms Pomerantz said: “Who was this woman? It was the defendant, Ghislaine Maxwell.”

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 11:00


    Scott Borgerson is the CEO of CargoMetrics.

    He lives in a £2.3million ocean-front mansion in Massachusetts, and his company was valued at $100million in 2020.

    He has been linked to Ghislaine Maxwell, and it is alleged that he is the British socialite’s “secret” husband.

    However, Borgerson has repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming that him and Maxwell are just old friends.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 10:30


    Maxwell later told the court she had tried to file for a divorce before her arrest so her husband wouldn’t suffer from “being associated with her.”

    Borgerson has always denied his relationship with Maxwell, claiming the two are just old friends.

    Borgerson proposed to put forth most of Maxwell’s bail money, which was denied by a judge, who ruled that the multi-million package was enough evidence to prove she could flee the country.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 10:00


    Yes. However, prosecutors allege that she is continuing to conceal who she is married to.

    Evidence points to her husband being millionaire tech company CEO Scott Borgerson.

    Manhattan prosecutors have accused the British socialite of trying to hide her wealth.

    Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe told Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan:

    “The defendant also makes no mention whatsoever about the financial circumstances or assets of her spouse, whose identity she declined to provide to Pretrial Services.”

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 09:30


    Sarah Ransome, who says she was sexually trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein as an adult, appeared at the trial of the late financier's associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, on Monday in Manhattan.

    ''I never thought this day would come,'' she said.

    Ransome is not part of the case against Maxwell.

    Ghislaine Maxwell trial updates LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ in court and coverage ripped as FAKE press ban surfaces

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  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 09:00


    If convicted on all counts, Maxwell could face up to 80 years in prison.

    Depending on how the trial goes and whether she is convicted, she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 08:30

    'VICTIM 3'

    One of three accusers, known as ‘Victim 3’, is understood to be a British woman who claims she was groomed by Maxwell in London in 1994.

    Prosecutors claim Maxwell encouraged the 17-year-old girl to massage Epstein “knowing that (he) would engage in sex acts” with her.

    The British woman is alleged to have later been abused by Epstein at his ‘Zorro’ ranch in New Mexico, although she was above the age of consent in the state.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 08:00


    The British socialite is worth an estimated £7.4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    The New York Post reported in 2000 that Maxwell lived off an £80,000 a year trust fund set up by her father.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 07:30


    She has been detained since July 2020 at a Brooklyn detention centre, where she has complained about her alleged ill-treatment.

    Her trial begins today, November 29, 2021.

    She has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in relation to her relationship with pedophile financier Epstein.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 07:00


    The court was told that, as well as his former lover, Maxwell was Epstein’s “best friend” and his “right hand” – running his homes in New York, Florida, New Mexico, Paris and the Caribbean.

    The prosecutor described Maxwell as his “second in command” and being involved in “every detail” of his life as the “lady of the house”.

    She said that between 1994 and 2004, Maxwell allegedly sent gifts such as lingerie and discussed sexual topics with the girls to win their trust.

    Maxwell then allegedly encouraged them to give Epstein erotic massages, which ended up in abuse.

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 06:30


    Buckingham Palace denied the allegation in 2015 saying “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Duke was “categorically untrue”.

    “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.

    “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

  • G. P. RodriguezToday, 06:00


    “At no stage during the limited time I spent with [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction,” said Prince Andrew in response to the allegations by Virginia Giuffre (then Roberts).

    In 2015, the charges brought by Giuffre were dismissed by the court, and a judge described them as “immaterial and impertinent”.

    In 2021, Giuffre’s lawyers served papers to the Duke as she opted to file a sexual assault lawsuit.

    The case is scheduled to go on well into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.

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