In pre-trial proceedings this morning, Judge Nathan said that the next anticipated witness is “Kate” who the defence argues was over the age of consent and therefore they question the scope of her testimony.
Judge Nathan said she will tell the jury that the witness is not a victim of the crimes charged in the indictment.
The judge also ordered the redacting of photographs on the wall of Epstein’s massage room. She will also exclude photographs of vibrators of various sizes, saying that they have “little if any relevance” and could “confuse” the jurors. Schoolgirl costumes mentioned on Friday may be entered into evidence if they are connected to the timeframe of the indictment by a witness.
Ms Maxwell’s defence team has made admissibility arguments about evidence gathered during the 2005 search of Epstein’s Palm Beach house by police. The time period of the indictment ends in 2004.
Kate took the stand and began testifying. Kate is a pseudonym. To protect her identity, Judge Nathan instructed the artists to not sketch her in detail.
Also, bring that she’s not a victim of the sex crimes in the indictment, she can’t tell details about her sexual encounter with Jeffrey Epstein.
Kate told the court about her first meeting with both Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. She describes meeting Ms Maxwell in Paris when on a trip with a boyfriend when she was about 17.
Ms Maxwell invited her to tea at her house a few weeks later.
“She seemed very exciting. She seemed to be everything I wanted to be,” she said, also recalling a photograph of an older man with “peppered”, “greying” hair. She learned that it was Jeffrey Epstein.
“I had a really lovely time, and I felt special. And I felt… that I found a new connection that could be very meaningful for me,” she said.
“I left there feeling exhilarated.”
She met Epstein and describes him as being in his 40s, wearing sweat clothes, and talking loudly on a phone.
Ghislaine Maxwell described Kate as “strangely strong for her size”. She used that as an excuse for Kate to massage Epstein’s feet. She then asked Kate to massage Epstein on the pretext that his therapist had cancelled.
Q: What was Epstein wearing under the robe?
A: He was naked. She says that Maxwell gave her massage oil and then closed the door.
Q: During the massage, did Epstein initiate sexual contact with you?
A: Yes. (Per court’s ruling, she can’t describe details.)
Kate confirms Epstein initiated sexual contact with her, but cannot discuss the details per the court’s ruling. Ms Maxwell was present and asked her afterward if she had fun.
“Kate” testifies that, Maxwell had asked her if she could find someone to give Jeffrey Epstein oral sex, adding that he’d need it three times per day.
“You know what he likes. Cute, young, pretty—like you,” she said Ms Maxwell told her.
In Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 1, it was confirmed that “Jane” received gifts as part of the grooming process.
The same behavior is being described by “Kate” whom confirmed to have received a Prada bag from Maxwell.
“Kate” describes Ms Maxwell as telling her about her famous friends including Prince Andrew and Donald Trump. This similarity was also described by “Jane”.
Ghislaine Maxwell attorney Bobbi Sternheim cross examined “Kate” : she emphasized and confirmed on the fact that, Kate is now using a pseudonym when she publicly described her sexual interactions with Epstein in Manhattan federal court after the financier was arrested in 2019.
Sternheim asked Kate repeatedly if she was seeking a visa from the US government that would be bolstered through her cooperation with the case.
Kate denied she was seeking the immigration status, known as a “U visa,” and instead said she plans to remain on her current visa, which is given to immigrants with an “extraordinary ability”, she said.
The court is in recess for 45 minutes ( since around 12:45pm EST)
Bobbi Sternheim finished cross-examinating “Kate” before the break.
“Kate” was asked if her desire to testify hides the fact that she might be trying to obtain a “U visa” to replace the one she currently holds, she replied “no”.
This article is updated as the trial happens.