At the start of the highly anticipated Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial this Monday, Nov. 29, in New York, the assistant U.S. attorney asserted that Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of young girls and teenagers, Reuters reported.
The trial taking place in a Manhattan Federal Court has everyone’s eyes on the case, especially since several high-profile names, such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, have been mentioned as possible participants in the aberrant acts Epstein-Maxwell couple are accused of.
Lara Pomerantz is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who delivered the prosecution’s opening statement, asserting that Maxwell and Epstein worked in collusion by luring girls as young as 14 with money and gifts to push them to normalize the abusive sexual conduct they suffered while participating in “so-called massages.”
The prosecutor made it clear to the 12-member jury that Maxwell, daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell, was an accomplice and not a victim of Epstein and a central cog in the pedophile’s sexual abuse scheme, which prosecutors said lasted more than ten years.
For her part, the British socialite’s defense attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that she was being made a “scapegoat” for a man who behaved badly and that she was not like him.
She further said that Maxwell’s accusers received payoffs and were encouraged by his lawyers to sue the couple.
“Memories fade over time, and in this case you will learn that not only have memories faded, but they have been contaminated by outside information,” Sternheim testified.
On the second day of the trial, Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet pilot, Lawrence Visoski, claimed during his testimony that he often received flight reservations from Ghislaine Maxwell and described her as “one of the assistants in Mr. Epstein’s office.”
While responding to a defense attorney, he stated that he never witnessed sexual acts or evidenced the presence of underage girls without their parents on board flights during approximately 1,000 trips he carried out for Epstein between 1991 and 2019. He clarified that he generally stayed in the cabin but sometimes went out to the bathroom or for coffee, according to AP.
When asked if he remembered an underage victim in the case, identified as “Jane,” traveling on the plane, the pilot said he believed she was “mature” when introduced by Epstein.
Flight logs, which were made public, showed that Epstein had used the plane to transport celebrities, influential academics, and politicians from around the world.
The pilot acknowledged that Clinton had been onboard on some flights during the 2000s.
He further testified that pedophile Epstein gave him 16 acres of land to build a house in New Mexico and paid for his daughters’ college educations.
Visoski said Maxwell “was the Number 2” while “Epstein was the big Number 1,” in answering Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey’s question about where the Briton ranked in Epstein’s world.
Maxwell, 59, faces up to 80 years in prison if the jury finds her guilty on all six counts. According to Reuters, four accusers, plus the victims’ families and former Epstein employees, will testify at the trial, which is expected to last until at least January.