Maxwell portrayed both as predator and scapegoat in opening arguments at trial

Asia's Tech News Daily

Maxwell portrayed both as predator and scapegoat in opening arguments at trial
© Jane Rosenberg, REUTERS

Ghislaine Maxwell‘s criminal trial got under way on Monday, with a prosecutor saying the British socialite lured underage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, while a defense lawyer urged jurors not to turn Maxwell into a scapegoat.

“She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them, and served them up to be sexually abused,” Assistant District Attorney Lara Pomerantz said in her opening statement.

Maxwell, 59, is on trial for recruiting and grooming four underage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004. Epstein died in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-abuse charges.

She has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sex trafficking and other crimes, including two counts of perjury that will be tried at a later date.

Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

“The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things that Jeffrey Epstein did, but she is not Jeffrey Epstein,” Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, said in Manhattan federal court.

The trial comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which has encouraged victims of sexual abuse to speak out against powerful men such as movie producer Harvey Weinstein and R&B singer R. Kelly accused of misconduct. Maxwell’s case stands out in part because she is a woman.

Prosecutors say that Maxwell, a former employee and romantic partner of Epstein’s, sent gifts such as lingerie and discussed sexual topics with the girls to win their trust before encouraging them to give Epstein erotic massages. She was sometimes present and at times participated, they say.

Pomerantz began by describing how Maxwell and Epstein met a 14-year old girl named Jane – a pseudonym – at an arts summer camp in 1994. Epstein introduced himself as a donor interested in giving scholarships to talented youth and asked for Jane’s phone number, Pomerantz said.

“Within that first year, when Jane was just 14 years old, Epstein started sexually abusing Jane. He did not abuse her alone,” she said. “Jane was not their only victim. There were other young girls.”

Maxwell sat in the well of the courtroom, a white mask covering her face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She wore a cream-colored sweater and black pants.

The government’s first witness, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr, a pilot for Epstein, testified that Maxwell sometimes notified him about Epstein’s upcoming travel plans. Visoski described Maxwell as “one of the assistants in the office for Mr. Epstein.”

Four accusers are expected to testify against Maxwell at the trial, which is expected to last until at least early January. Prosecutors said other witnesses will include family members of the accusers and former Epstein employees.

Sternheim said prosecutors, unable to convict Epstein, are using the daughter of late British media magnate Robert Maxwell as a scapegoat. She said the government was asking jurors to ascribe a “sinister” motive to legal activities such as taking teenagers shopping.

She told jurors that the memories of Maxwell’s accusers had been “manipulated” by lawyers who encouraged them to sue Maxwell and Epstein for damages.

A compensation fund set up after Epstein’s death has been paying claims of accusers from the financier’s estate. Sternheim said Maxwell’s accusers received payouts and that their claims were “enhanced” by cooperating with the government.

“This case is about memory, manipulation and money,” Sternheim said. “Memories fade over time, and in this case you will learn that not only have memories faded, but they have been contaminated by outside information.”

After testimony concluded for the day, Maxwell embraced her defence lawyers.

(REUTERS)

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Car of the Year 2022 named including best model for families - see full list

The Kia EV6 electric has been named the car of the year in an annual competition of all models – including the best cars for families and those on-the-go. The ... Read more »

We Just Found the Chicest Compact Steamer That's 19% Off on Amazon—& It Tackles Wrinkles Like Magic

© Courtesy of Kexi. If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. It can’t be helped that ... Read more »

Samsung will unveil its next Galaxy S flagship in February

After introducing S Pen support to the Galaxy S21 Ultra and not launching a new version of the Note series last year, Samsung’s next Unpacked event would be a timely ... Read more »

Samsung confirms February Unpacked, hints at the end of the Note line

Samsung will host an Unpacked event next month, the company has confirmed in a press release authored by president TM Roh, and the writing is on the wall for the ... Read more »

Wie schnell sind die neuen Autos? - Simulationen der Teams für Pirelli

© xpb Es ist eine Gleichung mit vielen Unbekannten. Die neuen Autos für die Saison 2022 werden 43 Kilogramm schwerer, die Motoren müssen mit 10 Prozent Biosprit betrieben werden, was ... Read more »

Über 200 US-Diplomaten infiziert – auch drei in Genf: CIA findet Erklärung für rätselhaftes «Havanna Syndrom»

Hunderte US-Diplomaten sind mit einer merkwürdigen Krankheit infiziert. Dem «Havanna-Syndrom». Jetzt hat der US-Auslandsgeheimdienst CIA eine Ursache gefunden. © imago images/SNA CIA findet Erklärung für rätselhaftes «Havanna Syndrom» Der US-Auslandsgeheimdienst ... Read more »

This Quick and Easy Hack for Cutting Up a Head of Cauliflower Is a Game-Changer

© Provided by EatingWell Getty Images / Fuzullhanum If you’re not following Yumna Jawad—aka @feelgoodfoodie—on Instagram and TikTok, you’re missing out. Whether she’s coming up with a fruity riff on ... Read more »

Crown wants ex-journalist Jonah Keri to serve minimum one year in domestic abuse case

MONTREAL — Prosecutors want former Montreal sports writer Jonah Keri to be jailed for at least one year on domestic abuse charges, a sentencing hearing heard Thursday, while his lawyer ... Read more »

VIRAL: Amazing kalabaw sa Sultan Kudarat, trained na magsuot ng pamatok

© Provided by PEP.ph Hindi araw-araw ay makakakita ka ng kalabaw na mag-isang pupulitin at isusuot ang pamatok nito mula sa lupa.  Kaya naman mabilis na nag-viral ang short video ... Read more »

Why one expert has evolved on masks in schools

My kids were out of physical school Thursday for a predicted snowfall that never came. Their brief return to in-home education via Zoom was a jolt of bad memories, technical ... Read more »

‘American Idol' Contestant Althea Grace Speaks Out On Daughter's Rare Disease That Causes Benign Tumors

Former “American Idol” contestant Althea Grace is opening up about her daugher’s rare medical condition. Little Lennon was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex, a disorder that causes benign tumors, after she ... Read more »

'Not ready': Alberta police chiefs say too soon to support decriminalizing drugs

CALGARY — The association that represents Alberta police chiefs says it’s too soon to decriminalize illicit drugs.  © Provided by The Canadian Press Calgary Chief Const. Mark Neufeld, president of ... Read more »

Google U.S. lobbying jumps 27% as lawmakers aim to rein in Big Tech

© Reuters/ANDREW KELLY The logo for Google LLC is seen at their offices in Manhattan, New York City WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google reported 27% higher U.S. lobbying expenditures ... Read more »

Rishi Sunak vows to help businesses battle the inflation crisis

Rishi Sunak has vowed to help businesses through the cost-of-living crisis as he launches a scheme aimed at small firms that want to boost their technology. In an exclusive interview ... Read more »

Nightmare Alley: Everything to Know About Guillermo Del Toro’s Latest Film

Mention the name Guillermo del Toro to a room of cinephiles and heads will likely turn. The Oscar-winning director has given us titles like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of ... Read more »

22 kematian baharu Covid-19

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Selangor mencatatkan angka kematian Covid-19 tertinggi semalam iaitu sebanyak 7 kes. PETALING JAYA: Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) melaporkan 22 kes kematian Covid-19 semalam, menurut perincian ... Read more »

Man arrested after pensioner killed and husband critically injured in attack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an 86-year-old woman in a “horrendous” attack which also left her husband with critical injuries. Freda Walker was pronounced dead at ... Read more »

South Korean plant poacher jailed in US

© Handout Dudleya succulents are native to northern California and Oregon, but highly prized as ornamental plants in East Asia A South Korean man who traveled around the world stealing ... Read more »

Australian Open 2022: Singles schedule for British players with Dan Evans only player left

© Getty Images emmaraducanu.jpg Four British players in the singles draws have made it through to the second-round of the Australian Open. On the men’s side, Andy Murray overcame familiar ... Read more »

Lopez into lead in LPGA Tournament of Champions

© Michael Reaves Mexico’s Gaby Lopez has a one-shot lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions in Orlando Mexico’s Gaby Lopez bagged two late birdies ... Read more »

Jurgen Klopp hails ‘world-class' Diogo Jota as Liverpool reach Carabao Cup final

© PA Diogo Jota celebrates his second goal of the game. JURGEN KLOPP PRAISED the mentality and quality of “world-class” Diogo Jota after the forward hit a brace to send ... Read more »

Mitch McConnell said Black people show up to vote just as much as 'Americans' after the voting rights bill failed in the Senate

© AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., reacts after bumping into an American flag before speaking to the media on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. ... Read more »

Sporveien is buying 20 new metro trains for the metro in Oslo

Sporveien is buying 20 new three-car trains for the metro in Oslo. They will be delivered before the Fornebu line opens in 2027. The City Council requested local leadership to ... Read more »

U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.89%

© Reuters U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.89% Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the ... Read more »

This New Caribbean Resort Has a Glass-bottom Pool, Swim-up Bar, and Massive Suites

© Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of Alaia Belize There’s something about arriving on a tiny prop plane that’s the perfect beginning for a tropical island vacation. A rainbow ... Read more »

Daryl Morey Says Ben Simmons Trade Would Have to Return an ‘Impact Player’

© Provided by Sports Illustrated However, Morey said Joel Embiid’s recent play has shifted the chances of a Simmons deal a bit. View the original article to see embedded media. ... Read more »

Schumer: 'We made progress' on voting bill, filibuster rules

© Provided by Associated Press FILE – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, speaks to the media after Senate Democrats met privately with President Joe Biden, Jan. 13, 2022, on ... Read more »

‘Bookings are recovering quickly’: American, United play waiting game as omicron leads to new losses

© Provided by The Points Guy MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from ... Read more »

This Charming New York Town Hidden in the Adirondacks Is a Dream Winter Vacation Destination

© Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of The Point Resort Tucked away in a corner of the Adirondacks lies a charming New York town that shines. A two-time Olympic ... Read more »

Here's how you can get free home Covid-19 tests from retailers

© David Dermer/AP FILE – Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in ... Read more »

YouTube deactivates channels linked to Oath Keepers

© Getty Images YouTube deactivates channels linked to Oath Keepers YouTube deactivated two channels linked to the Oath Keepers, a far-right group whose leader and members have been charged with ... Read more »

Adele makes tearful announcement that her Vegas residency will be rescheduled – 24 hours before first show

ADELE has made the announcement that her Las Vegas residency shows will be rescheduled – less than 24 hours before the first show was due to kick off. The 33-year-old ... Read more »

Review: 'The King's Daughter' is truly a royal, watery mess

The Associated PressThis image released by Gravitas shows Pierce Brosnan, left, and Kaya Scodelario in a scene from “The King’s Daughter.” (Gravitas via AP) Once upon a time there was ... Read more »

Report: Peloton pauses production on bikes, treadmills

The Associated PressFILE – This Nov. 19, 2019 file photo shows the logo on a Peloton bike in San Francisco. Peloton’s shares tumbled on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, after a ... Read more »

MTG Unfinity delayed until late 2022

© Provided by Dot Esports Magic: The Gathering’s newest addition to the comedic -un series, Unfinity, is delayed until the second half of 2022, Wizards of the Coast announced on ... Read more »

Is Call of Duty Leaving PlayStation After the Xbox Deal?

Is Call of Duty leaving PlayStation after the Xbox deal? Since Tuesday morning’s ground-breaking announcement that Microsoft has a deal in place to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, the ... Read more »

How to solve all city sewer puzzles in The Pedestrian

© Provided by GamePur After finishing off the subway puzzles in The Pedestrian, the next location players will be heading to is a city’s sewer. It may not sound enticing, ... Read more »

U.S. to require COVID vaccines for essential workers crossing borders

FILE PHOTO: Syringes with needles are seen in front of a displayed stock graph and words “Omicron SARS-CoV-2” in this illustration taken By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ... Read more »

Rep. Jamaal Bowman arrested in election reform protest at Capitol

Rep. Jamaal Bowman was arrested by the US Capitol Police during a voting rights protest outside the Capitol building. Bloomberg via Getty Images Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was one of ... Read more »

Top 50 insurance firms revealed a 17.22% increase in assets

© Provided by Singapore Business Review Digital dominance and healthtech helped them mitigate losses, Singapore Business Review found. The top insurers of Singapore Business Review’s annual insurance rankings have their ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic