AFTER showing shocking photos, including some featuring Ghislaine Maxwell rubbing Jeffrey Epstein’s feet, prosecutors in the sex-trafficking trial cut the witness list before resting their case on Thursday.
The prosecution rested nearly a month earlier than expected.
Witnesses that took the stand 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.
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Celebrities connected to Epstein and Maxwell
Notable politicians, billionaires, and celebrities have been connected to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwelll.
Some of them include Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, and Woody Allen.
Prince Andrew has been accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre. A judge dismissed criminal charges in 2015, but Giufffre is pursuing a sexual assault lawsuit.
The case is scheduled to go on well into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.
The prosecution has rested its case
Prosecutors in the case against Gislaine Maxwell rested their case on Thursday, after more than 20 witnesses took the stand over ten days.
The trial was expected to last six weeks but the prosecution moved quicker than expected.
Maxwell’s introduction to Paris Hilton
Christopher Mason claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly stopped in her tracks and said “oh my God” when she saw Paris Hilton, then 19 years old, at a party in the early 2000s.
Maxwell saw the young socialite at a party and was stunned by her good looks, prompting her to tell a friend Hilton would be “perfect for Jeffrey,” according to the Daily Mail.
Mason recalled the moment in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.
“A friend of mine was at a party and Ghislaine said, ”Oh my god, who is that?” and was looking at this pretty, younger teenage girl,” he said.
“She said: ”Do you know her?”
“My friend said: ”Yeah, she’s called Paris Hilton” and Ghislaine said: ”Ohhhh she’d be perfect for Jeffrey. Can you introduce us?””
Maxwell called Epstein “thoughtful, kind, generous”
In 1992, Maxwell had a romantic relationship with American financier Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him up until his death on August 10 of 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.
Ghislaine is quoted as saying in a document obtained by The Sun: “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.
Virginia Giuffre’s shock surrogacy claims
New unsealed documents detail the alleged abuse, including Giuffre’s allegations.
By the time she turned 18, Giuffre claims Epstein lost interest in her.
That’s when Epstein allegedly asked Giuffre to be the couple’s surrogate.
She claims to have been offered a mansion in return for the baby, which would’ve been raised by Maxwell.
Giuffre was able to escape instead of having to bear the child, ultimately fleeing to Australia where she now lives with her husband and children.
Buckingham Palace denies Prince Andrew allegations
Buckingham Palace denied the allegation in 2015 saying “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Duke was “categorically untrue”.
“Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.
“It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Prince Andrew braces for 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.
They told The Mirror: “The tension in the camp is palpable.
“No one is really sure what Andrew’s involvement is other than asking a lot of questions, but he spends his days and nights poring over documents.
“He is totally consumed by it, keeping most irregular working hours so he can be in contact with his team.”
Virginia Roberts’ claims
Virginia Roberts Giuffre – as she’s now known – has claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew in a toilet when she was 17, after he had allegedly plied her with vodka in a posh London club.
The royal has vehemently denied the accusations against him, branding them “false” and “without foundation”.
Who is Virginia Giuffre?
Virginia Giuffre is 38-years-old and from Sacramento, California.
She is married to Robert Giuffre and has three children.
She is known for being a public victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, and has allegedly been trafficked to Prince Andrew.
Giuffre is an advocate of justice for sex trafficking survivors, and she created a non-profit organization called Victims Refuse Silence, which is based in the US.
Pilot testified he flew Virginia Roberts Giuffre
David Rodgers is the second pilot to testify in the trial.
He testified on Wednesday that he flew Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Epstein and a Maxwell accuser, a total of 32 times in the early 2000s.
Most of the flights were from airports near Epstein’s properties in Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, and US Virgin Islands.
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.
What was the ‘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 close guarded secret.
Victims of Epstein say he organised 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 Epstein and others.
What is a socialite?
Socialites are well known in high society. They typically come from a wealthy background and spend their time attending fashionable gatherings, as opposed to having traditional employment.
Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite, who is known for her affiliation with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
She has been charged in connection to his crimes and her trial commenced today.
Courtroom sketches of Ghislaine Maxwell
Maxwell was sketched hugging her lawyers and drinking water.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s romantic history, continued
According to a 2009 deposition, several of Epstein’s household employees testified that Epstein referred to Maxwell as his “main girlfriend.”
It is unclear exactly when or if their relationship went from romantic to platonic before he was jailed for soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.
Following his initial release, the two were no longer seen in public together.
Maxwell was then linked to the founder of Gateway Computers, Ted Waitt. The two attended Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding together in 2010, and Maxwell reportedly helped Waitt to renovate a luxury yacht, Plan B, before they eventually split.
While the exact time and date of the wedding is unknown, Maxwell and Borgerson have been married since 2016.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s romantic history
While Maxwell has not been married prior to her nuptials with Scott Borgerson, she has been linked to a series of high-profile men over the years.
In the 1990s, Maxwell dated Count Gianfranco Cicogna, an Italian aristocrat and millionaire. According to reports, the two ended on bad terms.
Following her relationship with Cicogna, Maxwell began dating Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself while behind bars in 2019.
Does Ghislaine Maxwell have kids?
Ghislaine Maxwell does not have any children of her own, but is reportedly the stepmother to her husband’s children from his first marriage.
According to reports, Maxwell secretly wed tech millionaire Scott Borgerson in 2016.
Maxwell’s own family didn’t know about the wedding until her bail hearing, according to her brother, Ian.
Pilot claims Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane
Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr, who was Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot from 1991 to 2019, testified last week.
Pilot claims Trump flew with Epstein
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.
Farmer believed she would receive tuition support
Farmer said she believed Epstein would help her pay for her college education, and expected other students to be at the ranch – which there weren’t.
While at the ranch, Maxwell offered to give Farmer a massage, Farmer testified.
Farmer, now 42, agreed to receive the massage and got undressed, she said. Maxwell touched her breasts during the massage, Farmer said.
“Once she pulled down the sheet I felt kind of frozen,” Farmer said.
Later on during the trip, Farmer said Epstein came into her room and climbed into bed with her.
“Suddenly Epstein kind of opened my door, bounding into the room in a playful way, saying that he wanted to cuddle,” Farmer said, adding that Epstein “pressed his body into me.”
She said she became uncomfortable and said she had to use the bathroom, which she described as an “excuse” to get away from Epstein.
Annie Farmer testifies in court
Testifying at Maxwell’s ongoing sex trafficking and abuse trial in New York Friday, Annie Farmer said she met the disgraced financier and his alleged madam at just 16.
Farmer – the only accuser taking to the stand under her real name – says Maxwell, 59, tried to coax her into a sexual encounter when she was a teen, alleging the pair plied her with gifts.
She testified that Epstein took her to see the cinema with her older sister Maria – who was working for him at the time in New York – and during the film the multi-millionaire paedophile “caressed” her hand and then her leg.
“I felt sick to my stomach. It wasn’t something that I was at all expecting,” she told the court.
She claimed that age of 16, she visited Epstein at his New Mexico ranch in the spring of 1996, where she met Maxwell for the first time.
When was Ghislaine Maxwell arrested?
Maxwell 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 complaints in prison
Accompanied by her repeated bail requests were complaints 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.”
Maxwell’s brother claims she’s being ‘tortured’
Kevin alleged in an interview with GMB that “what we’re seeing and witnessing on a daily basis is not care, it’s abuse.”
“She got fed a pack of crisps all day today. I consider this regime imposed on anyone, consecutively for 524 days, is abuse and is torture,” he claimed.