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Politics Prosecutor: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein acted as 'partners in crime'

04:50  30 november  2021
04:50  30 november  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Ghislaine Maxwell acted as powerful pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ’s “ partner in crime ” and was an “essential” part of his scheme to prey on underage girls, prosecutors charged Monday, the first day of the accused madam’s hotly anticipated trial in Manhattan court. The feds began laying out their case against the fallen 59-year-old British socialite, charging that she coaxed and manipulated children to satisfy Epstein ’s sick sexual desires and secure her position of wealth and power. “The defendant and Epstein lured their victims with the promise of a brighter future — only to sexually exploit them and

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “ partners in crime ” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor in the United States has said, as opening statements were delivered in the British socialite’s highly publicised trial in New York. Prosecutors say that Maxwell – a former employee “She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them, and served them up to be sexually abused,” Assistant District Attorney Lara Pomerantz told the court during the prosecution’s opening statement on Monday. Maxwell is on trial in Manhattan federal court for recruiting and grooming four young girls for

A prosecutor called Ghislaine Maxwell and deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein "partners in crime" as Maxwell's sex trafficking trial began in New York on Monday.

Prosecutor: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein acted as 'partners in crime' © AP. Prosecutor: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein acted as 'partners in crime'

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz, who delivered the prosecution's opening statement, said that Maxwell and Epstein worked together to lure in girls as young as 14 to "so-called massages," The Associated Press reported. The victims were given money and gifts as Maxwell "helped normalize abusive sexual conduct" by befriending them, taking them shopping and asking about their personal lives in an effort to put them at ease, the prosecution added.

Ghislaine Maxwell's family appeals to United Nations for help getting her out on bail

  Ghislaine Maxwell's family appeals to United Nations for help getting her out on bail Ghislaine Maxwell’s siblings on Monday filed a complaint to the United Nations, calling her pre-trial detention an act of “unprecedented discrimination” and accusing U.S. authorities of trampling the “narrow line between justice and revenge.” © Provided by NBC News Maxwell, who is being held without bail ahead of her federal trial in New York City, was a confidante of Jeffrey Epstein — the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, who died by suicide in 2019 while in federal custody.

NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “ partners in crime ” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor said Monday in opening statements, with the defense countering that like so many women before her, Maxwell was being made a scapegoat for a man’s bad behavior. Another juror’s employment was in jeopardy until the judge contacted the employer to speed the process of approval for the juror’s service. Maxwell — who once dated the financier — is accused of acting as Epstein ’s chief enabler, recruiting and grooming young girls for him to abuse.

In Ghislaine Maxwell ’s child sex-trafficking trial, Manhattan federal prosecutors shared a simple, chilling message with jurors in their opening statement: “She knew what was going to happen to those girls.” Maxwell “preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be sexually abused” by Jeffrey Epstein , said prosecutor Lara Pomerantz. The defendant and Epstein were partners in crime . “She used the same excuse over and over to get the girls to touch Epstein – massage,” Pomerantz argued.

"She was in on it from the start. The defendant and Epstein lured their victims with a promise of a bright future, only to sexually exploit them," Pomerantz said, per the AP.

"The defendant was the lady of the house," she added, saying that Maxwell "was involved in every detail of Epstein's life."

Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell's attorney, argued that she is being made a "scapegoat for a man who behaved badly," according to the AP.

"The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things that Jeffrey Epstein did, but she is not Jeffrey Epstein," Sternheim argued, Reuters reported.

Four accusers, in addition to family members of victims and former Epstein employees are set to testify in the trial, which is expected to last until at least January, Reuters added.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sex trafficking as well as other crimes committed between 1994 and 2004.

Epstein died in jail in August 2019 while awaiting his own trial.

Ghislaine Maxwell's sex abuse trial enters second week after accuser's testimony .
Ghislaine Maxwell's sex abuse trial enters second week after accuser's testimonyNEW YORK (Reuters) - The sex abuse trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell enters its second week on Monday after jurors last week heard the testimony of a woman who says Maxwell set her up for abuse by late financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was a teenager.

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