Ghislaine Maxwell will not testify in child sex trafficking trial

Ghislaine Maxwell faces six charges in connection with the recruitment and grooming of underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein (Image: Reuters; Getty)

Ghislaine Maxwell told a federal judge on Friday that she would not testify in her own defense at a child sex trafficking trial in Manhattan.

“Sir, the government has failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and so there is no reason for me to testify,” Maxwell said as she stood in the courtroom.

US District Judge Alison J. Nathan asked the British social media site to stand in court while she explained that she had the right to testify in her defense or to refuse. The defense settled the case on Friday, much earlier than expected, as officials initially thought the trial would drag into the new year.

Maxwell, 59, faces six charges in connection with the recruitment and grooming of four underage girls for her one-time boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein from 1994 to 2004.

Ghislaine Maxwell watches as witness Eva Andersson is questioned by defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca during her trial (Image: Reuters)

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty. She was arrested in July 2020, nearly a year after Epstein, then 66, was found dead by suicide in a Manhattan prison while awaiting trial on his own sex trafficking charges.

Her lawyers have portrayed her as a scapegoat, targeted by the government because prosecutors can no longer hold Epstein accountable for his alleged crimes.

The four women who testified in the prosecution say that Maxwell recruited them to be abused by Epstein when they were teenagers. The defense began the case on Thursday and called several witnesses to say they did not observe inappropriate behavior by Epstein or Maxwell.

The second day of Maxwell’s defense began to hit hard when it was reported that one witness refused to answer the subpoena, another said they would do a fifth, and a third were not called.

Four women accused Maxwell of recruiting and grooming them to be abused by Epstein when they were teenagers (Image: Getty Images)

The court could then try Eva Andersson, who dated Epstein from 1983 to the early 1990s, before he dated Maxwell. Andersson testified in her defense that she never saw any inappropriate behavior between Epstein and the teenage girls.

One of the main accusers in Maxwell’s trial, who used the pseudonym ‘Jane’, testified that a woman named ‘Eva’ participated in a group of sexual experiences with Epstein.

When asked by one of Maxwell’s lawyers if she had ever had gang sex with Jane, Andersson replied: ‘Absolutely not.’

However, Andersson later admitted to having problems with his memory when cross-examined.

“I have a hard time remembering anything far away,” she said. ‘My family noticed it, I noticed it. That’s a problem. ‘

Arguments conclude in a trial set for Monday. Juries can begin deliberation later that day.

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates…

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