The now 44-year-old British woman testified in court that she gave Epstein the first sex massage at the age of 17 at Miss Maxwell’s home in Belgravia London.
As evidenced by the pseudonym Kate, the woman said on a later trip to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion she discovered a schoolgirl’s uniform left on the bed in her room including a dress. white pleated shorts, shirt, underwear and socks.
She said she asked Ms. Maxwell “what’s going on with the clothes in my room.”
“And she said ‘I think it would be great for you to get Jeffrey’s tea in this suit’.”
“I don’t know how to say no,” Kate said.
“She told me I was a good girl, and that I was one of his favorites.”
Kate said she continued to see Epstein in her 30s and that she was scared about “breaking up” because of how good he and Ms Maxwell were.
“She seemed to know everyone and she told me she was a friend of Prince Andrew, a friend of Donald Trump, a friend of a lot of celebrities and their names would come up sometimes.”
Kate was past the age of consent in the UK at the time she met Epstein, and US District Judge Alison Nathan instructed the jury ahead of her testimony that any sexual encounters she described were not sexual encounters. “illegal sexual conduct”.
Prosecutors plan to use Kate’s testimony to corroborate patterns in Epstein and Maxwell’s behavior, by showing that the former social media site would “groom” them for abuse.
Ms. Maxwell faces charges of soliciting a minor to travel to perform illegal sexual acts, transporting a minor with the intent to commit illegal sexual acts, sex trafficking of a minor and three conspiracy counts related to other offences. She has denied all the allegations.
Under questioning by assistant U.S. attorney Lara Pomerantz, Kate recalls meeting Miss Maxwell around 17 years old on a trip to Paris with her boyfriend at the time, who was in his late 30s.
Kate testified that Ms. Maxwell was “stylish and elegant”, and asked her many questions about her life.
A few weeks later, she went to Mrs. Maxwell’s house in the posh London suburb of Belgravia for tea.
At the time, she said she was having a hard time making friends and her mother was unwell, and that she felt like she had found a “new connection that could really mean something to her.” I”.
“I shared with her that I was really interested in music. She told me a lot of wonderful things about her boyfriend, she said that he is a philanthropist and that he loves helping young people and that someday it will be really great for her. with me when I met him.
“She said he was going to love me and that I was exactly the kind of person he would help. She said she was excited about it and I was excited too.”
A few weeks later, Maxwell called her back to say that Epstein was in town and that she should return to her home.
Kate says there’s a “sense of urgency, like it’s important for me to take this opportunity.”
She arrived to find Epstein wearing sweatpants and a hoodie, talking on the phone very loudly.
After he hung up, Ms. Maxwell listed Kate’s compliments, saying she was strong and athletic, and that she should “squeeze his feet a little to show how strong you are”.
“He seemed very approving, he said ‘you can go ahead and do my part’.”
Kate testified that a few weeks later Miss Maxwell called her to say Epstein’s massage therapist had canceled and asked if she could come “because she has such strong hands”.
“She led me upstairs,” Kate said, and entered a dimly lit room with a massage table and towels, where Epstein was waiting. He took off his cloak, and was naked, when she entered.
Ms. Maxwell gave her some massage oil and closed the door, leaving the two of them alone, Kate said.
She said Epstein had begun to have sex, as he usually did on every occasion she gave him a massage.
Then Miss Maxwell asked her how things were going and if she was happy.
“She seemed very excited and happy.”
Kate said she returned to the Maxwell estate a few weeks later, where she again gave Epstein a sexual massage.
“Then she said ‘are you having fun, you’re a nice girl, obviously he likes you a lot’. She sounded really pleased, and I was pleased because she was. ”
Over the next few years, Kate went to Epstein in Palm Beach and his island in the US Virgin Islands “sporadically”.
Kate said she has seen other blonde young ladies at the property on separate occasions who appear to be younger than her. At the Palm Beach Hotel, she recalls seeing “a lot of pictures of young girls… they weren’t wearing any clothes.”
Kate said Ms. Maxwell would talk about Epstein’s sexual needs and his demands, and if she knew anyone who could perform oral sex on Epstein.
“She said ‘you know what he’s like, cute, young, pretty like you’.”
Ms. Maxwell told her that Epstein “requires” and “needs to have sex about three times a day”.
When Ms. Maxwell discussed sex with her, it was “almost like a schoolgirl, I almost felt she talked as if she was younger than me, which was odd.”
“Everything is so silly, everything is so amusing, everything seems like a funny silly joke.”
She said Ms. Maxwell told her she also had a property in New York and “Jeffrey took it for her”.
Having sex stopped in her early 30s after she had her first child.
She told how she was given a black Prada handbag for her 18th birthday “from Ghislaine and Jeffrey.”
Kate said she continued to visit Epstein even after losing contact with Ms. Maxwell and saw him at most five times a year in her 30s.
“I was afraid to break up because I understood how connected the two were.”
Kate told Ms Pomerantz that she had been abusing cocaine, sleeping pills and alcohol at the time she knew Epstein, but that it had not affected her memory.
“My memories of important events in my life never change.”
She received $3.25 million in payments from Epstein’s compensation fund, some of which went toward legal fees.
Kate’s voice is weak at times, and she closes her eyes when she talks about sex with Epstein.
At other times, she made eye contact and smiled at the judges.
During Bobbi Sternheim’s cross-examination, Kate said she had never taken drugs around Epstein because it was banned.
She said she continued to correspond with Epstein even after he was jailed for sex with a minor in Florida in the late 2000s, signing an email “best love always.” , Kate”.
She said she told Epstein she would send him pictures, but didn’t actually send any.
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