Ghislaine Maxwell’s Defense Lawyers Ask Accuser Whether She Can 'Cry On Command'
Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted
As the sex trafficking trial of Jeffrey Epstein's madam Ghislaine Maxwell continues, one accuser faced questions that suggested she was "lying" about the deal.
Maxwell is standing trial in federal court in Manhattan relating to six counts:
- Sex trafficking of minors, including sex trafficking of a minor
- Enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
- Transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
Maxwell’s defense lawyer Laura Menninger asks the accuser if she remembers her teen years when the alleged sexual abuse occurred.
Menninger asked what “Jane” previously told the FBI to her more recent statement, accusing her of contracting herself, including how Maxwell was in the alleged abuse.
Menninger asked “Jane” if she remembered whether she was 13 or 14 when she met Epstein.
“Jane” testified she met Epstein at a performing arts summer camp in Michigan in 1994.
Menninger also claimed “Jane” claimed previously that she couldn't remember whether she had been touched sexually by Maxwell.
“That’s not true,” responded “Jane.”
“Jane,” said the first time she saw Maxwell naked was when the “fun, casual relationship I had with her just changed.”
The defense attorney then challenged the accuser on her story around when she went to see “The Lion King” on Broadway with both Epstein and Maxwell.
“Jane” had said that she was 14 on the trip, but the show did not come out until she was 17.
“Jane” clarified she did see the show with Epstein and Maxwell but admitted she got the timeline wrong.
“A lot of this is out of sequence and incorrect,” she said of the FBI’s notes from her interviews.
“This is not a transcript.”
The defense tried to highlight a potential financial incentive “Jane” had for accusing Maxwell.
Menninger accused “Jane” of traveling “on Epstein’s dime” after escaping the abuse.
She was then asked if she ever “cried” when Epstein gave her only $2000 for a teen beauty pageant dress.
“That’s ridiculous. I would never do that,” she responded.
Menninger asked “Jane” if she knew her cooperation in the criminal trial would help her then-pending civil litigation with Epstein victim fund, which ends up awarding her $5 million.
“Jane” responded that she was not aware of that.
The defense suggested “Jane" may be acting on the witness stand, as she is a trained actor.
Menninger then asked Jane if she could “cry on command," noting she had played a prostitute in a soap opera.
“Not my favorite storyline,” she responded.
Prosecutor Alison Moe also asked “Jane” about her motivation in cooperating in this trial.
“Jane,” said she was “hoping I could help” and wants to “hopefully finally find some closure to all of this,” noting “pain, abuse, and suffering” she endured since it’s “something that I have been running from my entire life.”
She broke down in tears when speaking about money being removed from the Epstein victims fund.
“I wish I would have never received that money in the first place because of what happened,” she said.
“Jane’s” ex-boyfriend, the state’s third witness, took the stand under the pseudonym “Matt.”
They both dated for eight years, from 2006 until 2014.
“Jane” described Epstein to “Matt” as a sort of “godfather” before telling him about the sexual abuse.
“Matt” testified that “Jane” told him and her mother that the money she was receiving from Epstein “wasn’t f***ing free.”
“I couldn’t understand why her mother would let her go and be with a man alone,” he told the court.
Folowing Maxwell's arrest, “Matt” asked “Jane” if Maxwell was the woman she said was in Epstein’s house and made her feel more comfortable.
“Jane” confirmed that she was.