As Ghislaine MaxwellA criminal trial is underway, a prosecutor argues that the British social site and the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are ‘dangerous predators who have exploited and sexually abused young girls for a decade’. Maxwell knew ‘exactly what she was doing’, a prosecutor argued, while the defense team claimed she became a scapegoat.
Assistant US Attorney Lara Pomerantz detailed the ‘horrific abuse’ that 14-year-old girls suffered at the opening of arguments in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday. Prosecutors painted a picture of Maxwell, 59, luring young women into a room ‘where she knew (Epstein) would harass them’.
‘There were times when she was in the room when it happened – making it all feel normal and causal,’ Pomerantz said, according to nation.
‘She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them to be sexually abused. The defendant trafficked children for prostitution. That’s what this trial is all about. ‘
Maxwell allegedly encouraged girls to engage in sexual activities by calling what they were doing a massage, but what was happening was not a massage. It’s sexual abuse,’ Pomerantz said.
‘The defendant helped Epstein find these girls. She helped him recruit girls for his so-called massages. She manipulated the girls and groomed them for abuse,’ she said.
Prosecutors called the way that Maxwell allegedly helped Epstein find these young girls a ‘pyramid scheme’ where they would invite teenagers to bring young friends to Epstein’s house in exchange for cash.
Maxwell is also accused of creating a ‘culture of silence’ to keep the ‘horrific crimes’ she and Epstein committed behind closed doors, the prosecutor said.
“The defendant and Epstein were accomplices,” Pomerantz said.
Concluding her testimony, the prosecutor said that Maxwell ‘played an essential role in this scheme’.
‘She knew exactly what she was doing. She’s very dangerous,” Pomerantz said.
Meanwhile, lawyers for Maxwell argued that she had become a scapegoat, with the public desperate to see someone held accountable for Epstein’s crimes.
Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim said: “The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are because of the things Jeffrey Epstein did, but she is not Jeffrey Epstein.
“She’s not like Jeffrey Epstein and she’s not like the powerful white men and media giants who abuse women,” he added.
Maxwell is accused of recruiting and grooming four underage girls for her ex-boyfriend and billionaire pedophile Epstein. She continues to deny recruiting the 14-year-old to be sexually abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell’s charges include conspiring to entice a minor to travel to perform illegal sexual acts, and luring a minor to travel to perform illegal sexual acts. , conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sex activity, transport of minors with intent to engage in criminal sex activity, sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking adolescent education.
Epstein died by suicide in his Manhattan cell before being tried for sex abuse.
Two years after Epstein’s death behind bars, a jury of 12 plus six surrogates was chosen to determine if Maxwell acted as Epstein’s accomplice or a puppet, which is what. her attorney stated.
The jury consists of six men and six women aged between 28 and 70, according to Bloomberg.
Maxwell has been held in a Brooklyn jail since her arrest last July. She denies all allegations and wrongdoing.
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