Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team attacks alleged victim’s credibility

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team attempted to torpedo the credibility of one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims who testified the socialite lured her into the pair’s lurid sexual web when she was 14.

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The witness — referred to as Jane — is the first of four alleged victims to testify against Maxwell.

Jane revealed that not only did Maxwell, 59, groom her for sex with billionaire pedophile Epstein, she also took part in poolside orgies.

During the third day of testimony in the six-week sex trafficking trial, Jane’s credibility came under fire. Now, a successful soap opera actress, Maxwell’s lawyers suggested she was a “pro at playing roles.”

Maxwell attorney Laura Menninger asked Jane about alleged discrepancies between her descriptions of Maxwell’s role on Tuesday and earlier conversations with prosecutors before the longtime Epstein pal’s July 2020 arrest.

“When you spoke with the government in December 2019, with your lawyers there, you told the government at that time you were not sure whether Maxwell ever touched you during these encounters. Correct?” Menninger asked.

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U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.
U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. Photo by HANDOUT /REUTERS

“I don’t recall,” Jane replied.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the eight counts of sex trafficking and denies any wrongdoing. Instead, she claims she’s a proxy for twisted one-time boyfriend and sugar daddy, Epstein.

Epstein isn’t around to answer the charges: He died mysteriously in his New York jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on his own sex trafficking charges.

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On Wednesday, Jane confirmed that through Epstein she met former U.S. president Donald Trump at his posh Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida when she was 14 in the mid-1990s. She also said she recalled being on a flight with Britain’s Prince Andrew.

In this file photo, a residence of financier Jeffrey Epstein is shown in Palm Beach, Fla., March 14, 2019.
In this file photo, a residence of financier Jeffrey Epstein is shown in Palm Beach, Fla., March 14, 2019. Photo by Joe Skipper /REUTERS

Neither Trump nor Prince Andrew have been accused of wrongdoing in the criminal case.

Maxwell’s lawyers say the four accusers’ memories have been manipulated over time. They say the women never mentioned Maxwell’s role in their abuse until after Epstein died, and a compensation fund was set up for his victims, giving them a financial incentive to cooperate with prosecutors.

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Jane, now in her early 40s, said she recalled certain events that she did not remember in the past.

She testified on Tuesday that Maxwell sometimes called her house while she was a teenager to invite her to visit Epstein. Menninger noted that in a 2019 interview with the government, Jane said she could not remember whether Maxwell ever called her, referring to a sealed record of the conversation.

“So two years later, now you remember that Ghislaine would call your home?” Menninger asked on Wednesday.

“Memory is not linear,” Jane replied.

Jane earlier testified she was regularly sexually abused by Epstein and took part in orgies featuring both the billionaire and Maxwell at his far-flung mansions in Palm Beach, New York and New Mexico.

She described the sex as “kissing, oral sex on each other, oral sex on Jeffrey, full-on intercourse.”

bhunter@postmedia.com

@HunterTOSun

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