New York (AFP) – Jesslyn MaxwellDefense lawyers on Wednesday sought to undermine allegations by one of the main defendants that the British socialite aided the financier Jeffrey Epstein He sexually assaulted women for years, starting at the age of 14.
A trial witness, who said she was using the alias “Jane” to protect her 22-year career, testified Tuesday about the alleged encounters in the 1990s, portraying Maxwell as an active participant.
During systematic questioning, defense attorney Laura Mininger confronted the woman with FBI documents from 2019 and 2020, saying she told the government that her memory was a blur as to whether Maxwell was present when Epstein molested her and whether she touched her.
Other documents claimed she said no abuse occurred while visiting Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico. This contrasts with her testimony about alleged encounters with him there that she said made “my heart sink in my stomach”.
The witness denied changing her story. She challenged the accuracy of the documents, saying that her statement was never recorded.
“This was just someone taking notes. She said… a lot of these are not true.
At another point, she replied, “I don’t remember saying what is written here.”
She did not dispute other documents that say she mentioned several “models” and other women who she said had witnessed participating in group massages with Epstein. She also confirmed that she told the FBI that she once traveled on a private jet with Britain’s Prince Andrew.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to the charges that prosecutors say show she and Epstein are “partners in crime.” The defense responded by claiming that she had become a scapegoat for 66-year-old Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan cell in 2019 while waiting for his cell. sex trafficking Experience.
On Tuesday, the accused Describe several sexual encounters with Maxwell and Epstein It started in 1994 and lasted until 1997. When recounting the first time she was abused by Epstein, she said she “froze in fear.”
Once again, she said she was taken to a massage room where he and Maxwell both took advantage of her. Other encounters, she added, included sex toys or turned into oral “orgys” with other young women and Maxwell.
When questioning the witness, the defense also attacked the witness’s credibility by asking her why she had waited more than 20 years to report the alleged abuses by Maxwell to law enforcement. Maxwell’s attorney asked Jane, an actress, about her television roles — cancer patient, car accident victim, person with mental health problems, and prostitute — suggesting she may have applied her professional craft to her testimony.
Jane said the last role “wasn’t my favorite role” before retracting Menninger’s description of her work as melodramatic.
“You want to call it ‘melodramatic.’ I prefer drama,” she said.
She later suffocated when the prosecutor asked her at the conclusion of her testimony why she didn’t reveal everything about her experience with Epstein in her initial meetings with prosecutors.
“Because it was so difficult — so difficult emotionally, so difficult on every level,” she said.
Two of Maxwell’s brothers, Kevin and Isabel, were among the courtroom spectators on Wednesday. The family insisted she was innocent.
Outside the court, Kevin Maxwell told reporters that it was the first time he had seen his imprisoned sister in more than 500 days and thanked US legislators for allowing her to speak with him briefly before taking her out of the courtroom.
“Personally,” he said, “it gave me a tremendous sense of being so close to her, to be able to really see her in the body.”
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