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Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer reveals defense strategy: The Bible, ‘manipulated’ victims and a ‘scapegoat’

Ben Feuerherd and Tamar Lapin

November 29, 2021 8:30pm

Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense attorneys on Monday portrayed her as a scapegoat being accused  because of “the bad behavior of men,”  — one in particular — since prosecutors never had a chance to put late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on trial.

Her lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, invoked the Bible at the start of her opening statement, arguing that women have been condemned for crimes committed by men  since the beginning of time.

“Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple,” said Sternheim. “Women have been blamed for the bad behavior of men.”

“Ghislaine is on trial here and you heard about the conduct of Jeffrey Epstein. She is filling that hole. And filling an empty chair,” said Sternheim, adding that her client was a “convenient stand-in” for the dead sex offender.

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Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were ‘partners in crime’: prosecutors

Ben Feuerherd and Tamar Lapin

November 29, 2021 2:23pm

Ghislaine Maxwell and powerful pedophile Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” and she was an “essential” part of his scheme to prey on underage girls, prosecutors charged Monday, the first day of the accused madam’s hotly anticipated trial.

The feds began laying out their case against the fallen 59-year-old British socialite, charging that she coaxed and manipulated children to satisfy Epstein’s sick sexual desires and secure her position of wealth and power.

“The defendant and Epstein lured their victims with the promise of a brighter future — only to sexually exploit them and forever change their lives,” Assistant US Attorney Lara Pomerantz told jurors in Manhattan federal court.

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Epstein's 'Lolita Express' pilot tells court Bill Clinton and Donald Trump both flew on board

Barnini Chakraborty, Senior Investigations Reporter

November 30, 2021

The pilot of Jeffrey Epstein's infamous "Lolita Express" private jet testified Tuesday that former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were VIP passengers, the former on multiple occasions.

The court on Day Two of Ghislaine Maxwell's criminal sex trafficking trial heard how a litany of famous names, including Prince Andrew , actor Kevin Spacey, multiple U.S. senators, and tech mogul Bill Gates , flew on board the Boeing 727.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. testified that in some cases, "special catering" was arranged.

In the case of Clinton, Visoski said he would be told in advance if he would be flying on Epstein's jet.

'LOLITA EXPRESS' PILOT TESTIFIES HE NEVER SAW UNDERAGE GIRLS PERFORM SEX ACTS ON PLANE WITH EPSTEIN OR MAXWELL

“There might be special catering?” defense attorney Christian Everdell asked about Clinton, who has been photographed with Maxwell aboard the “Lolita Express.”

“Sure,” Visoski replied.

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Ghislaine Maxwell was 'No. 2' in hierarchy of Epstein's operations, pilot testifies

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. is the first witness in the sex trafficking trial of Maxwell

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A longtime pilot for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein resumed his testimony at Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial Tuesday, saying that the British socialite charged with helping him find teenage girls to sexually abuse them was "No. 2" in the hierarchy of Epstein's operations. 

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. is the first witness in the sex trafficking trial of Maxwell, 59, a woman who traveled for decades in circles that put her in contact with accomplished and wealthy people before her July 2020 arrest. 

Asked where Maxwell stood in the hierarchy of Epstein's world, Visoski said Maxwell "was the No. 2." He added that "Epstein was the big No. 1." 

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Jurors shown Epstein’s massage table, ‘Twin Torpedo’ sex toy during Ghislaine Maxwell trial

A number of key pieces of evidence in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial were shown to jurors for the first time Friday — including a massage table and a “Twin Torpedo” sex toy that were seized from Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion in the early 2000s.  

The massage table from the multimillionaire pedophile’s Palm Beach estate was brought into the Manhattan courtroom and briefly examined by a police officer who testified Friday. 

The dark-green, collapsible table was shown to jurors as Assistant US Attorney Maruene Maurene Comey quizzed former Palm Beach Police officer Gregory Parkinson about a search warrant he and other cops executed at the estate in October 2005. 

Parkinson put on black disposable gloves and briefly examined the table in the middle of the courtroom, about 10 feet from where Maxwell sat with her defense attorneys. 

The disgraced socialite did not visibly react as the former investigator combed over the table for about half a minute. :snip:

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At Ghislaine Maxwell trial, a fight over huge cache of photos of naked or semi-naked women

NEW YORK — FBI agents found a cache of thick black binders — all labeled with names — that contain hundreds of naked or semi-naked photographs on CDs that Epstein stored in various places inside his 40-room Manhattan townhouse.

The labels on the binders were redacted from photos shown in court because prosecutors said they were names of “third parties” who are not relevant to the sex-trafficking case they are mounting against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, in a New York City courtroom.

Never-before-seen photographs taken by the FBI during a search following the financier’s July 6, 2019, arrest show several areas of Epstein’s gilded eight-story mansion, including the massage room where he allegedly sexually abused girls and young women.

 

A large safe containing more binders of CDs, cash, computer hard drives, diamonds and passports — was found. FBI agents left the house to obtain a warrant for the safe, but when they returned four days later everything from the safe was gone.

One of Epstein’s lawyers, Richard Kahn, later returned the items in two suitcases, according to FBI special agent Kelly Maguire, who supervised the raid. Maguire, a member of the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, told the jury that agents searched overnight, into the next day before finding the safe buried in a closet in a third-floor dressing room.

They also found a drawer full of computer hard drives in a ground-floor office. Curiously, she noted that the hard drives they found were already marked with FBI evidence tape — indicating perhaps that they had already been used as evidence in another case.:snip:

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Take a look inside Jeffrey Epstein’s creepy Manhattan lair

A photo of Jeffrey Epstein kissing his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell was displayed prominently in his Florida mansion, according to a new trove of evidence that also provides an inside look at his creepy Manhattan townhouse.

The cache of images, released as part of Maxwell’s federal sex-trafficking trial, reveal what FBI agents and the NYPD discovered when they raided the dead pedophile’s seven-story Upper East Side home in July 2019, around the time of his arrest.

Special Agent Kelly Maguire testified Monday that her team “forced entry” into 9 E. 71st St. on July 6, 2019, after no one answered the door, and then swept through all 40 rooms — where creepy taxidermy animals and a bizarre painting of Bill Clinton in a blue dress were on display, The Post reported at the time.:snip:

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Inside the abandoned sex dens Jeffrey Epstein shared with Ghislaine Maxwell

Amid the lurid ongoing trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with grooming many of late pedo-perv Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, never-before-seen photos of the estates he shared with his “lady of the house” have come to light.

Two years after the disgraced financier’s death at 66 by hanging in a federal jail cell, these images — seized by officials who conducted raids into all of his homes — offer a glimpse at what’s become of Epstein’s sprawling properties, including his most off-the-radar compound located in the Virgin Islands, which remains abandoned.

The cache of evidence, released as part of Maxwell’s federal sex-trafficking trial, reveals what FBI agents discovered, which included a trove of discs that give a glimpse into their jet-setting lives together.

Prosecutors entered many of the photos — including first looks at his infamous massage rooms — as exhibits last week during the testimony, accusing Maxwell, 59, of recruiting and grooming underage teens who were sexually abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004. She faces six criminal counts at trial, including enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.:snip:

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Ghislaine Maxwell could start 'naming names' to prosecutors if she is found guilty of child sex trafficking charges at US court this week in a deal to cut her sentence or get better conditions in jail

 

  • Ghislaine Maxwell could start ‘naming names’ if she is found guilty of sex trafficking charges this week
  • Closing arguments in Maxwell’s trial begin tomorrow, with the jury likely to retire that evening
  • A legal source connected with the case told The Mail on Sunday that with the Manhattan court breaking for Christmas at the end of Wednesday, a verdict this week is ‘highly likely’
  • Maxwell, 59, denies all six charges linked to grooming underage girls for abuse by the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein :snip:
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