British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been charged on six sex trafficking cases for facilitating Jeffrey Epstein at the high society parties the tycoon celebrated, refused to testify that Friday on hearing the final arguments slated for This monday.
Southern New York Federal Court Justice Alison J. Nathan asked Maxwell to appear in court, whereupon she decided to remain silent and not to call any more witnesses.
“Your Honor, the government has not proven your case beyond doubt, so there is no need for you to testify,” Maxwell replied to the jury while with his attorney Bobbi Sternheim, ending up with dozens of witnesses after calling his legal team have testified for him in the past three weeks.
Prosecutors have closely focused the case on Maxwell’s interactions with four girls between 1994 and 2004, when the British celebrity was reportedly romantic with Epstein. He was later to work for him, according to ABC News.
Maxwell’s legal team, led by Bobbi Sternheim, has defended Maxwell’s innocence and portrayed him as a government-run scapegoat as they have argued throughout the trial that they failed to bring Epstein to justice after they discovered his suicide in August 2019 found out in prison while awaiting his sentence. Regarding the suicide, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said in November that Epstein’s hanging could have been avoided after a report was presented describing a number of irregularities by prison system officials.
Maxwell, daughter of businessman Robert Maxwell, owner of the British newspaper The Daily Mirror, has triple citizenship – British, American and French – and faces six charges of sexual trafficking with teenagers and young people.
In early December, one of the four women who accused Maxwell of sex trafficking alleged she was “caught” by the British in the process of introducing him to former United States President Donald Trump, aged 14.
The victim, who goes by the pseudonym “Jane”, has said that she met former President Trump in the 1990s at Mar-a-Lago, his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and entered a children’s beauty pageant in 1998 that featured various connected is Trump company. He also announced that he had been on one of Epstein’s famous flights with Prince Andrew of England.
That episode was upheld in court by veteran Epstein’s private plane pilot Larry Visoski, who admitted meeting ‘Jane’ on one of those flights, although he has denied that he knew how old he was at the time, details NBC.
These flights became the target of media monitoring when it became known that illustrious personalities such as Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, Trump himself or his lawyer Alan Dershowitz had traveled on them.
“Jane” told the court that Epstein had abused her regularly in his Palm Beach, New York mansions and on his ranch in New Mexico. “You did hideous things to me and I don’t want to talk about them any more,” he said.
He testified that he met Epstein and Maxwell at summer camp, that his father had just died, and that the situation at home was not good. “My family had money problems” and Epstein paid some bills while the defendant acted like “an older sister” while “dealing” with her.