Flights With Trump, Pregnancy Pics, and Latex Costumes: The Biggest Bombshells From Ghislaine’s Trial

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/AP

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/AP

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial wrapped up earlier than expected, with testimony spanning 12 days rather than the anticipated six weeks. The defense called only eight witnesses on Thursday and Friday before resting its case.

The socialite, who turns 60 on Christmas Day, is accused of recruiting teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, the late multimillionaire and her former boyfriend, to sexually exploit through “massages” in the 1990s and early 2000s. She also was accused of abusing some victims herself. She has pleaded not guilty and denied any involvement with Epstein’s sex crimes.

The jury began deliberating late in the afternoon on Monday after closing arguments and will resume their discussions on Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors called 24 witnesses in 10 days, including the four victims listed in the indictment against Maxwell who were as young as 14 when Epstein molested them. Two accusers testified under the pseudonyms “Jane” and “Kate”; a third, Carolyn, used her first name; and the last, Annie Farmer, was identified by her full name. The women described Maxwell as the financier’s chief accomplice who recruited them into his teenage sex ring, groomed them, and facilitated the abuse at his homes around the world.

The trial shed new light on the bond between Epstein and Maxwell, the life of luxury they enjoyed while allegedly abusing girls from broken homes or whose families struggled financially, and the supposed code of silence they imposed on their employees.

Here were some of the trial’s biggest bombshells:

Victim “Jane” said Maxwell and Epstein abused her during group sex

The first victim to testify, “Jane” said that when Epstein and Maxwell began abusing her when she was only 14 in 1994, Maxwell “seemed very casual” and “like it was very normal” and “not a big deal.” The couple allegedly began to train her sexually and include her in group sexual encounters with other adult women. Jane shared the first names of several women who allegedly participated in group sexual encounters with her when she was underage: Eva, Sophie, Michelle, and a British woman named Emmy.

Jane claims Maxwell and Epstein recruited her when she was attending the prestigious Interlochen summer camp, where Epstein was a donor and had use of a “scholarship lodge” when he visited the Michigan school every year. Jane told jurors she had just lost her father to cancer and was living with her mother and siblings in a family friend’s pool house. According to Jane, Epstein paid for her voice lessons, private school in New York, and other bills her mother couldn’t afford. When she first visited the pool at Epstein’s Florida estate, she saw “at least four women and Ghislaine all topless, and some of them were naked.”



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“Kate” said Maxwell forced her to wear a schoolgirl uniform

The 44-year-old British woman testified that Maxwell began grooming her when she was 17 in 1994. Kate met Maxwell during a trip to Paris with her boyfriend, who was an Oxford classmate of the socialite. Maxwell, who was in her thirties, invited Kate to tea at her London townhouse weeks later. “I was quite excited to be friends with her,” Kate testified, adding: “I felt that I had found a new connection that could be really meaningful to me.”

But that friendship turned dark, Kate testified, after Maxwell introduced her to Epstein and urged her to give him massages that quickly turned sexual. “She said that he needed massages all the time and it was very difficult to keep up,” Kate said. When she was 18, Maxwell and Epstein invited her to Palm Beach, where Maxwell allegedly directed her to wear a schoolgirl costume. According to Kate, Maxwell handed her a tray of tea and directed her to serve the money-manager, who then engaged in a sex act with her. “She asked me if I had fun, and told me that I was such a good girl, and that I was one of his favorites,” Kate said. (Because Kate was of the age of consent in the U.K. during this pattern of abuse, jurors were instructed that she’s not a victim as charged in the indictment.)

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Carolyn told Epstein and Maxwell she was too young to travel with them

The Florida woman told jurors that she was molested by Epstein from the age of 14 to 18—when she became “too old” for the sex predator, who eventually asked her if she had any “younger friends.” Carolyn testified that from 2001 to 2004, Maxwell would help schedule her “massage” sessions and greet her in the kitchen when she showed up. “She would just let me know that Mr. Epstein would be back, he was on a jog or he was—he’d be back any moment,” Carolyn said. “I could go upstairs and set up.”

Carolyn said she confided in Epstein and Maxwell about trauma in her past: Her grandfather raped her and had molested her starting when she was 4, and her mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol. She added that the couple knew her age, because when they invited her to visit Epstein’s U.S. Virgin Islands compound, she told Maxwell “that I was too young, and there is no way in hell my mom was going to let me leave the country.” Despite this, Carolyn claims, Maxwell continued booking the massage sessions and even groped her one day when she was setting up the massage table. “She came in and felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks and said … that I had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends.”



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