#AceNewsReport – Dec.01: Ms Maxwell is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls to give Epstein erotic massages that a prosecutor described in her opening statement on Monday as a “ruse” for sex abuse. Ms Maxwell’s defence attorney has said that the British socialite is being scapegoated for crimes that Epstein committed.
#AceDailyNews Court Report: Ghislaine Maxwell sex abuse trial to resume with Epstein pilot’s testimony
Epstein died in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-abuse charges.
Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other crimes, including two perjury charges that will be tried at a later date. She faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
In testimony on Monday afternoon, Lawrence Visoski, the pilot, said Ms Maxwell often contacted him to schedule flights for Epstein.
Mr Visoski described Ms Maxwell as an office assistant of Epstein’s who frequently flew on his private planes, but also said their relationship appeared to be “more personal than business.”
“We interacted quite often,” Mr Visoski said of himself and Ms Maxwell.
Prosecutors are expected to resume questioning the pilot on Tuesday, and Ms Maxwell’s defence will cross-examine him after they finish.
Mr Visoski’s testimony provides jurors with a sense of the lifestyle that Epstein and Ms Maxwell lived between 1994 and 2004, the period in which prosecutors say Ms Maxwell lured four underage girls to Epstein.
Mr Visoski said he frequently shuttled Epstein and guests between Epstein’s properties in New York, Florida, New Mexico, Paris and private islands in the Caribbean.
Ms Maxwell is charged with several offences relating to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
Violating the Mann Act
Prosecutors say that between 1994 and 1997 Ms Maxwell persuaded an under-aged girl to travel from Florida to New York with the intention of having her engage in sexual activity with Epstein.
In 1996, prosecutors say Ms Maxwell gave an unsolicited massage to another minor girl who flew to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch from out-of-state while the girl was topless.
Ms Maxwell is charged with two counts of violating the Mann Act, which bars transporting individuals across state lines for illegal sexual activity.
Ms Maxwell also faces two charges of conspiring to violate those two sections of the Mann Act.
Sex trafficking charges
Prosecutors also say that Ms Maxwell, beginning in 2001, recruited one of the four alleged victims to engage in sex acts with Epstein and provided her with hundreds of dollars in cash after massaging Epstein, knowing she was a minor.
Ms Maxwell sent gifts including lingerie from a New York address to the girl’s home in Florida, according to a 2021 indictment.
Those allegations form the basis of charges of one charge of sex trafficking of a minor and one charge of sex trafficking conspiracy. Key moments from Maxwell’s trialGhislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, is on trial on sex abuse charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s defence
Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Her lawyers have argued that prosecutors are treating her as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died by suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.
Her attorneys say that the alleged sex trafficking victim did not mention Ms Maxwell while cooperating with a 2007 investigation by Florida federal prosecutors into Epstein.
They have argued that all four women named in the indictment have financial incentives to lie or exaggerate about Ms Maxwell’s involvement in the alleged abuse.
Ms Maxwell faces two charges of perjury that will be tried at a later date.
Prosecutors have accused Ms Maxwell of lying under oath in 2016 during a deposition for a civil lawsuit brought against her by Virginia Giuffre, who says she was abused by Epstein while a minor.
Ms Giuffre alleged Ms Maxwell had defamed her by saying Ms Giuffre lied about the abuse.
In the 2016 deposition, Ms Maxwell said she did not recall the presence of sex toys in Epstein’s Palm Beach house and replied “I don’t know what you’re talking about” when asked if Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages.
Prosecutors characterised these statements as “false material declarations” in violation of a federal statute making it a crime to lie under oath.
Her lawyers said in a February 2021 court filing that the questions posed were ambiguous and that Ms Maxwell gave truthful responses.
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