Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Takes 3-Day Recess After Prosecution Rests Case

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex abuse trial will enter its third week on Thursday. 

The prosecution has rested its case, and beginning Thursday, the defense will make their case. A three-day recess began today following the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, and the trial will resume on Thursday. 

The prosecution provided testimonies from at least four women who were allegedly sexually abused by Maxwell and her longtime partner and associated, convicted pedophile and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. The four women, who were all minors at the time, have accused the duo of sex trafficking, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and grooming, in the 1990s and following years.

The prosecution called more than 20 witnesses to the stand to testify. The defense is expected to produce a wide range of witnesses, potentially as many as 35. 

Maxwell is accused of luring and grooming underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein and his associates. She has denied all charges. 

The first two weeks of the trial have continued explosive accusations against Maxwell and Epstein. Maxwell was labeled as both “dangerous” and a “predator,” and accused of luring and grooming underage girls.

Among the horrific testimonies against Maxwell, she was accused of summoning a then 14-year-old girl for an orgy, groping and fondling an underage girl, and convincing another underage girl to wear a schoolgirl outfit for a date with Epstein. Dozens of photos were submitted to prove the intimate relationship between Epstein and Maxwell. 

The four women who testified as victims of Maxwell and Epstein were the key witnesses in the case against Maxwell. 

On Friday, the defense suggested that 35 witnesses may be called for the next part of the trial, and said that some of the witnesses may only take the stand on the basis of anonymity. Defense counsel Bobbi Sternheim has suggested that the charges against Maxwell were really crimes of Epstein.

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