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Ghislaine Maxwell trial LIVE – Defense for Jeffrey Epstein ‘madam’ prepare to present arguments after prosecution rests

THE defense team for Jeffrey Epstein’s accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to present arguments on Thursday after prosecutors wrapped up their case last week.

The prosecution rested nearly a month earlier than expected.

The trial will not sit Monday through Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict with the judge.

Witnesses who took the stand for the prosecution included four of Maxwell’s accusers as well two of Jeffrey Epstein’s former pilots and a Mar-A-Lago staffer.

As they made their case, the prosecution showed the jury pictures of Maxwell giving Jeffrey Epstein a foot massage and a photo of the duo lounging in the Queen’s cabin at Balmoral.

On Tuesday they revealed details of a cache of photographs and documents that were found during a raid on Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

Two photos taken on Epstein’s private plane, nicknamed the “Lolita Express,” show Maxwell massaging the disgraced financier’s feet.

Among the other photos was a picture of Maxwell and Epstein kissing, and another of Maxwell in the nude.

Maxwell’s trial has been told she and Epstein had been in a relationship but remained “the best of friends” after they split, and prosecutors described Maxwell and convicted sex offender Epstein as being “partners in crime” in the abuse of girls.

Maxwell is being charged with several felony counts, some of which include human trafficking charges.

She has denied all charges against her, and her lawyers argue she is being made a “scapegoat” for Epstein’s crimes.

They have painted the alleged victims as in it for the cash.

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

  • Who flew on the ‘Lolita Express’? continued

    Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey flew to Africa on the Lolita Express in 2002 as part of a project to raise awareness on the Aids crisis and poverty.

    Comedian Chris Tucker was also part of the group, including Clinton and Spacey, who flew to Africa on a five-day humanitarian trip in 2002.

    Flight logs reveal that Naomi Campbell also travelled on Epstein’s plane in 2002.

    Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz took trips on the jet in the late 1990s, flight records show.

  • Who flew on the ‘Lolita Express’?

    Former Epstein pilot Lawrence Visoski testified that former President Donald Trump was aboard Epstein’s distinctive Gulf Stream plane.

    The Sun reported in 2019 that Prince Andrew flew on a ­private jet with Epstein and his alleged 17-year-old sex slave Virginia Roberts.

    Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell travelled on the Lolita Express on a number of occasions, flight logs show.

    According to flight logs obtained by Fox News in 2016, former US president Bill Clinton was a passenger on the jet.

  • MAXWELL ALLEGEDLY GAVE OUT ‘RULEBOOK’ WHILE WORKING FOR EPSTEIN

    During Maxwell’s trial, it was alleged that the accused “madam” acted as the “Lady of the House” for multimillionaire, Jeffrey Epstein.

    And as part of that role, she is said to have handed out a 58-page rulebook to staff which included chilling instructions such as “see nothing, hear nothing.”

    Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, who worked at the paedo’s mansion in Palm Beach from 1990 to 2002 took the stand on day five.

    He revealed Maxwell once handed him a hefty booklet with a checklist detailing the tasks he was to carry out to “maintain the house” – something he said he found “degrading.”

    The book, which was submitted into evidence and was written by a “Countess,” the court heard, was released showing yet more strict rules staff members were told to follow.

  • MAXWELL CALLED EPSTEIN ‘THOUGHTFUL, KIND, GENEROUS’

    In 1992, Maxwell had a romantic relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him up until his death on August 10, 2019.

    After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a “kind generous loving man”.

    She stated he had a “keen sense of humor and ready smile” as she tried to get charges against him dropped in Palm Beach.

    In a document obtained by The Sun, Ghislaine is quoted as saying: “My experience of Jeffrey, is of a thoughtful, kind generous loving man, with a keen sense of humor and a ready smile – a man of principles and values and a man of his word.”

    Maxwell is accused of luring children into the clutches of her former boyfriend and even taking part in some of the abuse – claims she strongly denies.

  • WHEN IS PRINCE ANDREW’S HEARING?

    Prince Andrew has ordered his legal team to cancel their Christmas plans so they can focus on his sexual assault case, royal sources have claimed.

    The Duke of York is said to have told the US team they must leave “no stone unturned” ahead of his hearing due to take place on January 4.

    Andrew strongly denies Jeffrey Epstein sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims that the royal abused her three times when she was under 18. 

    And sources close to him now say the Duke is “totally consumed” by the legal battle and has been staying up late in the night to talk constantly with lawyers in California.

  • WHAT WAS EPSTEIN’S ‘LOLITA EXPRESS’?

    Jeffrey Epstein was alleged to have used the plane to court underage girls and fly them between his residences across the US.

    The luxury Boeing 727 aircraft was owned by Epstein, though what exactly happened on the flights remains a closely guarded secret.

    Victims of Epstein say he organized orgies on board the three-engine commercial jet.

    The luxury aircraft boasted deluxe furnishings, a spacious galley, expansive cabin lounge, and a master bedroom.

    The pilot of the plane reportedly undertook around 1,000 flights during his time flying for Epstein and others.

  • PILOT CLAIMED TRUMP, CLINTON FLEW 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.

  • WITNESS SAID MAXWELL NAME-DROPPED TRUMP, PRINCE ANDREW

    A witness known as Kate told the court in New York last week that Maxwell would name-drop celebrities.

    Kate was asked by prosecutor Laura Pomerantz about Maxwell’s social circle to which she replied she “seemed to know everybody.”

    “She was friends with Prince Andrew, friends with Donald Trump,” she said.

    “Sometimes their names would just come up or she would be talking on the phone about them with me present.”

    Neither are accused of wrongdoing in relation to the case.

  • MAXWELL’S COMPLAINTS WHILE IN PRISON

    In addition to frequent bail requests, Ghislaine Maxwell also often complained about alleged horrific living conditions at the New York prison she is being held at.

    Maxwell alleged that she had been given moldy salads and that the prison cells are not hygienic, with smelly toilets.

    A judge denied her bail requests, citing Maxwell as a “flight risk.”

  • ACCUSOR SAYS 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.'”

  • HOW DID PROSECUTION WRAP UP CASE?

    The prosecution wrapped up its case against Maxwell at the end of last week.

    Prosecutors told the opening of her trial in New York that the Brit heiress is a “dangerous predator” and said she and Epstein were “partners in crime.”

    She is alleged to have walked the victims into Epstein’s massage room lair – where she watched him molest them and sometimes even joined in.

    The jury has also been shown pictures that show the intimate nature of their relationship, including at the Queen’s Balmoral Residence, where they were hosted by Prince Andrew.

  • 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.

  • MAXWELL’S BROTHER SAYS SHE BELIEVES EPSTEIN WAS MURDERED

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother, Ian, alleged that the accused madam believes disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein did not take his own life.

    Epstein was found hanged in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial for child sex charges in 2019.

    On Friday, Ghislaine’s older brother was asked about Epstein’s suicide.

    “I don’t buy a lot of the conspiracy theories at all. It so happens one of the conspiracy theories about my father is that he was murdered rather than committed suicide or died by accident,” Ian said.

    “And I would venture to believe that she may also think that Epstein was murdered… I do happen to think my sister does think that he was killed.”

  • Maxwell’s New York socialite history

    Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York in the early 1990s after her father, the media mogul Robert Maxwell, died.

    She started dating Jeffrey Epstein in 1992 and remained in a close friendship until his fall from grace.

    The court heard during the December 8 and 9 trial that Maxwell and Epstein were in a romantic relationship.

    Prosecutors said that Maxwell and Epstein were “partners in crime” in the abuse of the girls.

    Maxwell would fly on his private jet, live with him in his mansions and eventually got her own five-story Manhattan townhouse.

    After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a “kind generous loving man”.

  • 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 offences:

    • 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 
    • Count 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, normalising inappropriate behaviour, 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.

  • Maxwell and Epstein at Queen’s cabin

    A picture of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein lounging in the Queen’s log cabin at Balmoral was shown at her trial.

    The never-before-seen image shows the pair at Her Majesty’s Scottish home, where it has been reported Prince Andrew hosted multi-millionaire pedophile Epstein in 1999.

    The Duke of York’s relationship with Epstein has been in the spotlight in recent years, though he vehemently denies any wrong doing.

  • Maxwell and Epstein were ‘partners in crime’ say prosecutors

    Prosecutors have described Epstein and Maxwell as being “partners in crime” in the abuse of girls.

    The couple shared a bedroom at the Palm Beach mansion, with Maxwell helping in the running of the property.

    Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at the infamous property as part of the case.

    Other images include one that appears to be framed nude picture of Maxwell and were shown to the jury on Monday.

  • Photo of Maxwell and Epstein shown at trial

    A framed photo of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein kissing was shown at her sex trafficking trial on Tuesday.

    The never-before-seen picture showing them in a clench was sitting on a table at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

    Also shown on the table at the paedophile multi-millionaire’s mansion is a picture of the pair meeting Pope John Paul II.

  • 58-page rule book

    Maxwell’s trial has heard Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged “madam” acted as the “Lady of the House” for the multimillionaire.

    And as part of that role, she is said to have handed out a 58 page rulebook to staff which included chilling instructions such as “see nothing, hear nothing”.

    Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, who worked at the paedo’s mansion in Palm Beach from 1990 to 2002 took the stand on day five.

    And he revealed Maxwell once handed him a hefty booklet with a checklist detailing the tasks he was to carry out to “maintain the house” – something he said he found “degrading”.

    The book, which was submitted into evidence and was written by a “Countess”, the court heard, was released showing yet more strict rules staff members were told to follow.

  • 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.

  • Word doc says Maxwell was ‘best friends’ with Epstein

    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 compliment 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.”

  • Nude picture of Maxwell shown

    Police photos showing what appears to be framed nude picture of Ghislaine Maxwell were shown to the jury at her sex trafficking trial.

    Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Palm Beach mansion as part of the case.

    Photos include images of a room in the property with a desk which appears to have a nude photo of Ghislaine sitting on it.

    It appears to be a now-famous photo of her lying on a beach, and above it there is a framed portrait of her hanging on the wall.

    The photo of her lying nude on a beach has been widely reported on after it was previously revealed to have been found at the mansion.

  • 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.

  • What is Ghislaine Maxwell’s net worth?

    Maxwell is worth an estimated £7.4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    In 2000, the New York Post reported that Maxwell lived off an £80,000 a year trust fund set up by her father.

  • What was Jeffrey Epstein’s net worth?

    Epstein’s net worth was over $577million, according to a will signed two days before he died.

    Details regarding his beneficiaries have not been made public.

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