Ghislaine Maxwell trial latest – Closing arguments expected this week as Epstein 'madam' faces jury over abuse claims

THE GHISLAINE Maxwell trial is apparently winding down as the Jeffrey Epstein associate's legal team prepares for closing arguments as she continues to deny "abuse" allegations.

After the defense rested on Friday, Maxwell appeared before a judge in an unprecedented Saturday morning conference when she discussed with her defense team how to describe the elements ahead of her next trial date.

Her legal team and the prosecution met to discuss not only jury deliberation instructions, but also what language would be used to describe the case at her next trial.

That includes the approved request that the judge will refer to the 59-year-old as "Ms. Maxwell," not "the defendant."

It has been announced that Maxwell decided she will not testify in her trial, as she had been said to be “too fragile” to take the witness stand.

If convicted on all counts, Maxwell could face up to 80 years in prison. Maxwell denies all accusations.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who is Virginia Giuffre?

    Virginia Giuffre is 38-years-old and from Sacramento, California.

    She is married to Robert Giuffre and has three children.

    She is known for being a public victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, and has allegedly been trafficked to Prince Andrew.

    Giuffre is an advocate of justice for sex trafficking survivors, and she created a non-profit organization called Victims Refuse Silence, which is based in the US.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Accuser claimed Epstein taped island visitors

    One of Maxwell’s accusers, Sarah Ransome, has said that Jeffrey Epstein had hidden cameras on his island.

    Ransome said that Epstein’s high-profile friends, including Prince Andrew, were monitored by hidden cameras.

    “I once lit a cigarette and Jeffrey, who hated smoking, came out of nowhere,” she told the Mail on Sunday.

    “When I tried to escape I purposely chose a remote spot yet Ghislaine and security guards were there instantly.

    “Jeffrey once told me, ‘I have tapes of every person who has ever been on my properties.'”

  • Jennifer Korn

    What happened to Jeffrey Epstein?

    Jeffrey Epstein died in his prison cell in August 2019, after being federally charged with exploiting dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

    He previously attempted suicide in late July of 2019, before his reported successful suicide attempt in early August.

    The guards who were supposed to monitor Epstein are facing federal charges for not properly supervising him prior to his death.

    One day before he reportedly killed himself, a federal appeals court released the transcript of a 2016 deposition in which Epstein repeatedly refused to say whether Maxwell had procured young girls for him.

  • Jennifer Korn

    What was Jeffrey Epstein accused of?

    Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades, assembling a network of enablers to help carry out and cover up his crimes.

    The serial sex abuser reportedly made a secret plea deal with the government in 2008 to avoid a potential life sentence and continued to abuse women.

  • Jennifer Korn

    What is a socialite?

    Socialites are well known in high society. They typically come from a wealthy background and spend their time attending fashionable gatherings, as opposed to having traditional employment.

    Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite, who is known for her affiliation with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

    She has been charged in connection to his crimes and her trial commenced today.

  • Jennifer Korn

    What has Ghislaine Maxwell been accused of?

    Maxwell is accused of acting as a “madam” for Jeffrey Epstein, US court documents previously revealed.

    Prosecutors allege she had a history of giving powerful men access to women.

    A defamation case involving Virginia Giuffre claims Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and that she was recruited by Maxwell in 1999 where she was introduced to Epstein.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

    Maxwell is the former girlfriend of notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    She was arrested by the FBI in July 2020 in Bedford, New Hampshire.

    Maxwell is accused of having a role in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring of underage girls.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s romantic history, continued

    According to a 2009 deposition, several of Epstein’s household employees testified that Epstein referred to Maxwell as his “main girlfriend.”

    It is unclear exactly when or if their relationship went from romantic to platonic before he was jailed for soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.

    Following his initial release, the two were no longer seen in public together.

    Maxwell was then linked to the founder of Gateway Computers, Ted Waitt. The two attended Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding together in 2010, and Maxwell reportedly helped Waitt to renovate a luxury yacht, Plan B, before they eventually split.

    While the exact time and date of the wedding is unknown, Maxwell and Borgerson have been married since 2016.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s romantic history

    While Maxwell has not been married prior to her nuptials with Scott Borgerson, she has been linked to a series of high-profile men over the years.

    In the 1990s, Maxwell dated Count Gianfranco Cicogna, an Italian aristocrat and millionaire. According to reports, the two ended on bad terms.

    Following her relationship with Cicogna, Maxwell began dating Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself while behind bars in 2019.

  • Jennifer Korn

    How long will the trial take?

    The trial was originally set to take six weeks. However, the prosecution rested its case much sooner than expected.

    Maxwell has been charged with six counts, including sex trafficking and perjury, in connection to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

    She has pled not guilty to the charges and was denied bail several times.

  • Jennifer Korn

    How many charges is Maxwell facing?

    She is facing six charges.

    The socialite and ex of convicted sex offender is currently charged with multiple felony accounts some of which include human trafficking charges.

    Maxwell’s lawyers have painted the victims as in it for cash and claim they are using Maxwell as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Maxwell’s lawyers warned her ‘life is on the line’

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have warned her “life is on the line” as they beg for more time to find witnesses in her sex trafficking trial.

    On day 12 of the trial, Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger begged Judge Alison Nathan for more time to find witnesses – claiming Maxwell’s “life is on the line.”

    She told the court: “I understand that your honor runs a tight ship.

    “We are flying people across the country, across the pond, our client’s life is on the line, and we are given only a half a day to put on a witness.”

    Judge Nathan said that she was not inclined to delay the trial.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Pilot claims Donald Trump was on Epstein’s plane

    Lawrence Visoski, Epstein’s former pilot who testified for the prosecution, was asked during cross examination about passengers aboard Epstein’s Gulf Stream plane.

    He confirmed former President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton had all flown on it. – along with other big names like Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

    He told the court he never saw any sexual activity on the flight, or any underage girls without their parents.

    “I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him,” the pilot told the trial.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Why isn’t the Ghislaine Maxwell trial televised?

    This mostly has to do with different jurisdictions having different rules regarding the publicity – and broadcasting – in courtrooms.

    The two previous cases were conducted in county courts, meanwhile, Maxwell’s trial is in federal court, which has different jurisdictional rules.

    A federal court has some rules that allow some cameras in civil cases, but have barred broadcasting criminal cases since 1946 under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 53.

    However, some to most state and criminal courts have allowed trial broadcasts on a case by case basis, sometimes earning plenty of ire from others.

    Many complained that broadcasting trials, in turn, extended cases longer than they had to – saying it encouraged grandstanding from lawyers, judges and witnesses knowing they had a national audience.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Word doc: Maxwell and Epstein were ‘best friends’

    FBI agents found a Word document, created by using the name ‘gmax’, which has been linked to Maxwell, that described the defendant’s relationship with Epstein.

    It read: “Jeffrey and Ghislaine have been together, a couple, for the last 11 years.”

    “They are, contrary to what many people think, rarely apart. I almost always see them together.”

    It continued: “Ghislaine is highly intelligent and great company with a ready smile and an infectious laugh, will always put one at one’s ease and always makes one feel welcome.”

    “Jeffrey and Ghislaine share many mutual interests and they have a lot of fun together. Jeffrey and Ghislaine complement each other really well and I can’t imagine one without the other.”

    “On top of being partners, they are also the best of friends.”

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Documents found during police raid

    Prosecutors have detailed a cache of documents that were seized from Epstein’s New York mansion during a raid in 2019.

    A large safe containing binders of CDs, cash, computer hard drives, diamonds, and passports was found.

    FBI agents left the house to obtain a warrant for the safe, but when they returned four days later everything from the safe was gone.

    The items were later returned in two suitcases by one of Epstein’s lawyers and the safe was later found buried in a closet.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    Celebrities connected to Epstein and Maxwell

    Notable politicians, billionaires, and celebrities have been connected to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwelll.

    Some of them include Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, and Woody Allen.

    Prince Andrew has been accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre. A judge dismissed criminal charges in 2015, but Giuffre is pursuing a sexual assault lawsuit.

    The case is scheduled to go on well into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    When was Maxwell arrested?

    Ghislaine was arrested suddenly in July 2020 – and has been held in prison ever since as she was deemed a flight risk.

    She has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in recruiting and grooming four teenagers for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

    Her attorneys say she is being scapegoated because Epstein is no longer alive.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Charges against Maxwell

    Prosecutors allege that between 1994 and 1997 she helped Epstein to groom girls as young as 14.

    Maxwell has been charged with six counts of perjury and sex trafficking offenses:

    • Count one: Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts 
    • Count two: Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts 
    • Count three: Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity 
    • Count four: Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity 
    • Counts five and six: Perjury – the offence of wilfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath.

    The 17-page indictment against Maxwell accused her of grooming and befriending victims, normalizing inappropriate behavior, being present during abuse to put victims at ease, encouraging victims to accept Epstein’s help, and encouraging victims to engage in sexual activity and taking part herself.

    Defense objected to showing photos

    Prosecutors claim the interior of Epstein’s mansion is proof of a sexualized atmosphere encouraged by Maxwell to put pressure on the victims.

    The evidence was presented over the objection of the defense, with Maxwell’s lawyer saying it was an attempt to unfairly depict the house as a “domicile of debauchery”.

    Prosecutors released more than 60 photos

    As part of the case, prosecutors have released more than 60 photos from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

    Some of the pictures shown to the jury include Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein kissing, and one that appears to be a nude photo of Maxwell.

    • H. J. Hayes

      Defense has accused alleged victim of lying for cash

      Maxwell has previously claimed that one alleged victim, Annie Farmer, fabricated her accusations because she wanted money.

      One of Maxwell’s lawyers wrote: “The fact that plaintiff seeks money from the estate and from Ms Maxwell in the millions of dollars at the same time she is a government witness in an upcoming criminal trial on the same topic is reason enough to suspect that her newly asserted memories of abuse without corroboration are not based on the truth or a desire for ‘justice,’ so much as her desire for cash.”

    • H. J. Hayes

      Anonymity denied

      In a ruling made last night, Judge Alison Nathan denied the defense’s request for anonymity for some of the 35 witnesses they’re likely to call on, according to The Independent.

      Judge Nathan said that “none of the Defense’s witnesses intend to testify to sensitive personal topics or sexual conduct. Rather, they all are anticipated to deny misconduct by Epstein and Ms Maxwell.”

    • H. J. Hayes

      Expert discusses media contamination of memories

      Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist who has “studied the fallibility of human memory,” according to The Independent, took the stand on Thursday.

      “The media is a source of post-event suggestion,” Ms Loftus told the court.

      She suggested that the news media can corrupt memories, the outlet noted.

    • H. J. Hayes

      Courtroom sketch shows trial scenes

      Ghislaine Maxwell is seen speaking with her attorney Bobbi Sternheim on Thursday, December 16, during the trial of Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking.

      A courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell and her attorney, Bobbi SternheimCredit: Reuters

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