Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer on Wednesday resumed interrogation of a woman who said British socialite set her up for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 14 in the 1990s and took part in a few encounters Was.
The woman, who goes by the pseudonym, took the stand for Gov. for the first time on Tuesday, the second day of Maxwell’s sexual abuse trial in Manhattan federal court. She is the first of four women expected to testify that Maxwell “dressed” them for abuse by Epstein when they were teenagers.
Jane said Epstein offered to help her pursue her career as a performing artist and then regularly sexually abused her for years.
Maxwell, 59, is charged with eight counts of sex trafficking and other offences, including two counts of perjury, which will be tried separately. If found guilty, he faces up to 80 years in prison.
Maxwell, the daughter of the late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, has pleaded not guilty and her lawyers say prosecutors are making her a scapegoat for Epstein’s alleged crimes. The investment advisor committed suicide in 2019 at the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail cell awaiting trial on sex-abuse charges.
In emotional testimony Tuesday, Jen said that when she was 14, 15 and 16 years old, she had sex with Epstein several times per month at her Palm Beach home. Others occasionally attended, including Maxwell, to whom Jane said he touched her breasts.
In the first half-hour cross-examination on Tuesday, Maxwell’s attorney, Laura Meninger, asked Jane how she didn’t report encounters with Epstein and Maxwell to law-enforcement officials until 2019, decades after they allegedly occurred.
Prosecutors said Jane, who is now 40, said she told a former romantic partner, who goes by the pseudonym Matt, about Epstein’s abuse before meeting with the FBI in 2019 Was.
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