Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister and one of her sex trafficking accusers were seen leaving the Manhattan courthouse Monday after the first day of the British socialite and billionaire financier’s trial.
Maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘partner in crime’ who ‘targeted young girls for sexual abuse’, the prosecution alleges.
Sarah Ransome, one of several women who have accused Epstein and Maxwell of sexual abuse, departed the court on Monday evening after being escorted by security.
She was photographed with a stern expression, before entering a taxi cab.
Maxwell’s sister, Isabel Maxwell, also appeared at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on Monday. She was swarmed by cameras as she exited the building.
Meanwhile, a jury of seven women and five men heard Monday afternoon how Maxwell allegedly went after girls as young as 14 with ‘difficult home lives’, often daughters of single mothers, and would ‘promise them the world’.
‘[Maxwell] put them at ease…all so they could be molested by a middle-aged man,’ said Assistant U.S.
Attorney Lara Pomerantz. ‘There were times when she was in the room when it happened.’
Maxwell, wearing a cashmere turtleneck, black pants and black low-heeled shoes, appeared relaxed and smiled behind her white mask as she walked into the courtroom ahead of opening statements.
Pomerantz began the dramatic presentation with the line, ‘I want to tell you about a young girl named Jane,’ adding that ‘Jane’ — a pseudonym for the victim — was introduced to a man and a women at camp, who said they were donors.
‘What Jane didn’t know then is that man and woman were predators,’ Pomerantz said. ‘Who was that woman targeting young girls for sexual abuse?
It was the defendant: Ghislaine Maxwell.’
Maxwell, 59, is charged with recruiting and grooming four underage girls for from 1994 to 2004.
He died by suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell before he could be tried on sex abuse charges.
She faces up to 80 years behind bars if found guilty.
Ghislaine Maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘partner in crime’ who ‘targeted young girls for sexual abuse’, the prosecution has claimed in a blistering opening statement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz points at Maxwell during opening statements
Ghislaine Maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘partner in crime’ who ‘targeted young girls for sexual abuse’, the prosecution claimed in a blistering opening statement
Isabel Maxwell the sister of Ghislaine Maxwell exits the court on the first day her sister’s trial
Sarah Ransome, one of several women who have accused Epstein and Maxwell of sexual abuse, departs the court on the first day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in the Manhattan
Ransome is not going to be testifying in Maxwell’s trial, officials report
Protestors gathered outside the courthouse holding signs depicting Epstein’s private jet dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ that carried high-profile individuals, including Bill Gates, proxy test online Donald Trump and Bill Clinton
Maxwell, 59, who is accused of procuring underage girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is set to stand trial on sex trafficking charges on November 29.
She has pleaded not guilty to all charges
The prosecution warned jurors that the contents of the case may make them uncomfortable.
Going into disturbing details, Attorney Pomerantz said Epstein ‘directed girls to massage him while he masturbated’ and would receive ‘oral sex and sometimes penetrate the girls’.
Maxwell’s legal team has repeatedly made claims about her alleged mistreatment behind bars.
She is shown in prison earlier this year with ‘a black eye’
At times Maxwell engaged herself, the prosecution said, ‘Sometimes, she touched the girls’ bodies.’
‘The defendant massaged Epstein in front of the girls, then encouraged the girls to massage Epstein,’ Pomerantz said.
‘But what was happening inside those massage rooms was not a massage — it was sexual abuse.
‘Sometimes she was even in the room for the massages herself and sometimes, she touched the girls’ bodies,’ she continued. ‘And even when she was not in the room, make no mistake: she knew exactly what Epstein was going to do to those children when she sent them to him inside the massage rooms.
‘While this horrific abuse was going on behind closed doors, [Maxwell] was jet setting on private planes and living a life of extreme luxury.’
Pomerantz said that the pair ran a ‘pyramid scheme of abuse’ by encouraging the girls to recruit other young girls for cash. ‘They were exploiting kids.
They were trafficking kids for sex.’
She added that ‘during the 10 years the defendant and Epstein committed these crimes the [Maxwell]was the lady of the house’.
‘These girls were just a means to an end to support her lifestyle, a way for the defendant to make sure Epstein’s demand for young girls remained satisfied so the defendant could remain in the lifestyle to which she was accustomed,’ she said.
Addressing the issue of compensation, the prosecution said, ‘The witnesses would have paid anything for this not to have happened to them.
They would pay anything to have never met the defendant or Epstein.’
The prosecution then gave the jury a glimpse of what’s to come, advising the jurors that they will hear from Epstein’s private staff who worked at his home or on his airplanes.
The evidence shows that ‘the defendant and Epstein were dangerous predators who sexually exploited and abused young girls for a decade’ and Maxwell ‘served them up to be sexually abused,’ Pomerantz concluded.
Isabel Maxwell is pursued by cameras as she leaves Manhattan court on the first day of her sister’s sex trafficking trial
Accuser Sarah Ransome departs the courthouse accompanied by security
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