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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Sex Trafficking Trial – In Pictures

Ghislaine Maxwell gave little away when the jury handed down her conviction in her human trafficking trial on Wednesday, standing in a black face mask with her hands clasped.

The jury had reached its decision after a trial in which lawyers and witnesses for the 59-year-old British socialite argued she had been scapegoated for the misconduct of close confidant Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who took his life pending trial on similar way. costs in August 2019.

Meanwhile, prosecutors had portrayed Maxwell as closely associated with Epstein and his activities, both emotionally and financially.

In opening arguments, prosecutor Lara Elizabeth Pomerantz said the trial would depend largely on testimony from four victims who would accuse Maxwell of grooming them for abuse at Epstein between 1994 and 2004, when some were minors.

Three “Jane Does” – “Carolyn”, “Jane” and “Kate” – and artist Annie Farmer testified at the trial. Pomerantz said Maxwell played a vital role in abusing young girls, saying she “manipulated them and told them to be sexually abused”. Maxwell, she said, was motivated to satisfy Epstein’s sexual desires in order to maintain her jet-set lifestyle.

Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, arrives at the courthouse for the start of Maxwell's trial

The human trafficking trial drew a wide range of onlookers, including Sarah Ransome, who recently published a book about her experiences on Epstein’s Caribbean island. Others lurking were members of the Q-anon conspiracy group, which linked Maxwell to far-fetched convictions of a Democratic party child sex ring around a Washington pizza parlor, victim rights attorney Lisa Bloom, and members of Maxwell’s family.

A lone protester outside the court during the trial.
Isabel Maxwell leaves the courthouse at the end of the first day of her sister's sex trafficking trial.
Sarah Ransome leaves the court on the first day of the trial.
Protests out of court
Attorney Bobbi Sternheim.
Defense lawyers arrive at the court.

Maxwell’s attorneys sought to undermine the credibility of her four accusers, arguing that their memories of Maxwell’s involvement had been embellished over time and that they had now mistakenly implicated Maxwell in Epstein’s crimes.

Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell’s lead attorney, told the court that “since Eve tempted Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for men’s bad behavior, and women are often punished and punished worse than men ever have.”

She continued: “The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did, but she’s not Jeffrey Epstein, she’s not like Jeffrey Epstein, and she’s not like all the other men, powerful men, moguls, media giants who abuse women. ”

Attorney Sigrid McCawley and Teresa Helm.

During the trial, lawyers tried to take advantage of witness statements that strayed from the central charges, including the testimony of Juan Alessi, a housekeeper and driver for Epstein.

Alessi said he was told to pick up an accuser named Jane from her school and take her to Maxwell, but he went on to testify that he had seen topless women lounging around the pool hundreds of times during his time for Epstein. “There were many, many women,” he added. “Most of them seemed to be in their late twenties or thirties.”

Trial Ghislaine Maxwell Witnesses Annie Farmer, 'Carolyn', 'Jane' and 'Kate'

The three victims who testified under pseudonyms — “Carolyn,” “Jane” and “Kate” — often offered the court harrowing stories about their (alleged) experiences under Maxwell’s leadership at Epstein’s property.

All three described how as teenagers they were drawn into intimate conversations with Maxwell, who then arranged massages with Epstein that then led to sexual encounters in exchange for money and gifts. “Carolyn” – 14 at the time – claimed that Maxwell touched her breasts, hips and butt and told her she had “an amazing body for Epstein and his friends”.

A fourth witness, Annie Farmer, testified that Maxwell told her to undress and lie on a massage table at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch. Maxwell, she testified, “pulled down the sheet and bared my breasts, and began to rub my chest and my upper chest”.

Ghislaine Maxwell turns to sketch artist Jane Rosenberg.

Ghislaine Maxwell seemed confident and composed throughout the trial, even sketching the court performers.

Picture of proof

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Photos shown in court, including this one that some say was taken on the Queen’s Balmoral estate, were seized by U.S. authorities after Epstein was arrested in July 2019 when FBI agents found Epstein’s mansion on the Upper Searched East Side of Manhattan.

Prosecutors said officers seized hundreds of photos, some of naked or partially naked young women and girls. Those the court released usually showed Maxwell and Epstein in vacation settings. Defense attorneys objected to their release, arguing that the images could not be shown to be unaltered and that there was no need for prosecutors to post multiple photos as evidence.

A foot massage on board 'Air Lolita'.

Maxwell gives Epstein a foot massage on the financier’s Boeing 727 — dubbed “Air Lolita” by some — and a plane that, according to flight logs during the court show, had once carried passengers Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. The pilot of the plane, the first witness in the case, testified that it was fitted with a purple carpet.

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In another undated photo, Maxwell and Epstein take to the hills on a trail bike.

Maxwell with Sarah Kellen

Sarah Kellen and Nada Marcinkova, both former Epstein aides, were questioned by lawyers about whether Prince Andrew had any involvement in Epstein’s abuse of underage girls. They were among the four named Epstein associates identified by U.S. prosecutors as “potential co-conspirators” in a controversial plea deal made by Epstein in 2007 after admitting that he had sought prostitution from a minor. The women have since reinvented themselves as Nadia Marcinko and Sarah Kensington.

Protesters gather in Foley Square on December 4.
Supporters of the alleged victims in court.

Out of court, advocates for child sex trafficking survivors said the Maxwell trial was a rare case in which prosecutors tried to hold an offender responsible. The Polaris project, which runs the US National Human Trafficking Hotline, has said it has registered 14,597 possible victims of human trafficking, with 17 being the average age of entry.

A protester outside the courthouse.

A supporter of Never Stand Alone, a rights group that works for abuse survivors from ordinary communities. The group says its mission is “to make sure no one walks alone as a survivor, and no one stands alone when confronted in court with their abuser.”

The suspect's siblings: Kevin Maxwell, Christine Maxwell, Isabel Maxwell and Ian Maxwell.

A week after the trial, Maxwell’s family wrote a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for “immediate improvements” to her conditions of detention. A two-page letter, signed by all of Maxwell’s surviving siblings, claimed that she “had received minimal food for each entire court day for the first week — sometimes no food at all.” ”

Jennifer Kalin leaves the court during the third day of the trial.

Jennifer Kalin, who has never told her story publicly, also appeared in the lower Manhattan courthouse. Her attorney, Bradley Edwards, said Kalin was ensnared, abused and forced into marriage by Epstein. “She realizes people are sticking their necks out and witnessing and wants them to know they are not alone,” Edwards told the Daily Beast.

Attorney Bradley Edwards and Britney Henderson leave federal court

Maxwell’s defense had wanted to call Bradley Edwards, who was representing the victim ‘Kate’, but that was rejected by Judge Nathan. It seemed their goal was to draw more attention to the Epstein Victim Compensation Fund, which has paid out about $150 million to financier’s victims, including “Kate,” who received $3.2 million, and “Carolyn,” who received $2.8 million. .

Christian Everdell, attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell, helps carry boxes from the courthouse.

As the trial concluded, attorneys could be seen removing boxes from the federal courthouse. While deliberating, the jurors requested that the testimonies of three of the four women who testified against Maxwell be reviewed.

  • Information and support for anyone involved in rape or sexual abuse is available from the following organizations. In the U.S, Rainn offers support at 800-656-4673. In the United Kingdom, Rape Crisis offers support on 0808 802 9999. In Australia, support is available at: 1800Respect (1800 737 732). Other international helplines can be found at: ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html