The first accused in the child sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell testified in a New York court on Tuesday. The accuser, who used the name “Jane”, alleged that Maxwell was occasionally present when Jeffrey Epstein abused her.
Epstein, a New York financier and convicted sex trafficker who counts Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew among his acquaintances, killed himself in the city in August 2019 while transporting minor juveniles to prison and awaiting trial for abuse.
Maxwell, 59, and the daughter of the late British press baron Robert Maxwell were arrested in New Hampshire in July 2020.
Maxwell is facing trial on six counts related to Epstein’s alleged involvement in the sexual abuse of a minor. He has pleaded not guilty.
In the first full day of testimony, prosecutors first called on Epstein’s former private pilot. Lawrence Paul Wisowski Jr., discussing Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein, stated that Maxwell was “number 2” in Epstein’s hierarchy, with Epstein “number 1”.
Maxwell’s lawyers asked Wissowski if he had ever seen Epstein engage in sexual acts.
“No,” he said.
“You’ve never seen sex with underage girls?”
“Not at all,” he said.
The witness, identified as Jane, was called the second. She told the court that she had met Epstein in 1994.
“Did there ever be a time in your life when you had sexual contact with Jeffrey Epstein?” The prosecution asked.
The witness confirmed that there did.
The prosecution had asked his age at that time.
“Fourteen years old,” she said.
“Did this happen once or more than once when you were 14?” The prosecution asked.
“more than once.”
The witness was asked: “Was there anyone else in the room?”
“Yes,” said Jane.
Prosecutors then asked: “Who was the most in the room during sexual contact with Jeffrey Epstein when you were 14?”
“Ghislaine Maxwell,” said the witness.
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