Woman who accused British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell of grooming her for sexual abuse by financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was 14, said on Wednesday she sought “peace and healing” while testifying in the trial Maxwell’s criminal justice system. The woman, known by the pseudonym Jane, was pushing back on attempts by Maxwell’s lawyers to present her testimony as unreliable and to argue that she was testifying for financial inducements.
“This is something that I’ve been leading my whole life until now and I’m just sick of it,” Jane said towards the end of about eight hours of two days of testimony. “I was just hoping that I could help in some way to make it happen and hopefully find some peace and healing someday.” Jane, one of four accused accused at Maxwell’s sexual abuse trial, is a professional television actress. Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, said in opening statements earlier this week that Jane was a “role-playing pro” and was motivated to involve Maxwell with her claim for compensation funds for Epstein’s victims. .
But during follow-up questioning by prosecutor Alison Moe in Manhattan federal court, Jane said she was not acting on the stand and that her only motivation for testifying was to “hopefully find an sort of fence “. Maxwell, 59, is charged with eight counts of sex trafficking and other crimes, including two counts of perjury which will be tried separately. The daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
Entering the courtroom on Wednesday morning, dressed in a gray turtleneck and black dress pants, Maxwell greeted his sister Isabel and brother Kevin, who were seated in the front row. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and her attorneys have said prosecutors are scapegoating her for Epstein’s alleged crimes. The well-connected investment advisor died by suicide aged 66 in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell awaiting trial on charges of sexual abuse.
Lawyers for Maxwell have argued that the memories of the four accusers have been manipulated over time. They say the women never mentioned Maxwell’s role in their abuse before Epstein’s death. Jane, now in her early 40s, said at the start of her testimony on Tuesday that she had sex with Epstein at her home in Palm Beach, Fla., Several times a month when she was 14, 15 and 16 years old. Other people were involved at times, including Maxwell, who touched her breasts, Jane testified.
During cross-examination, another lawyer for Maxwell, Laura Menninger, questioned Jane about the apparent discrepancies between her testimony and conversations with prosecutors before Maxwell’s arrest in July 2020. Jane said she did not remember not if she had told prosecutors before Maxwell’s arrest that Maxwell touched her during the meetings.
During Moe’s follow-up questioning, Jane said that she withheld certain details from her first conversations with them because she did not yet know them well and found everything “too difficult”. to share. A former romantic partner of Jane, known by the pseudonym Matt, also testifies at the trial. On Tuesday, Jane said she spoke to Matt about the abuse while they were together in the 2000s.
Jane said on Tuesday she received $ 5 million from the victims’ compensation fund. “I wish I would never have received this money in the first place,” said Jane after a long break in tears. “I hope that will end all of this and that I can move on with my life.”
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