This is Day 11 of the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial. Today marks the beginning of the Defense presenting its case.
On Day 10, the prosecution rested its case. Overall, four accusers took the stand to prove that Ghislaine Maxwell was grooming the teenagers. All accusers except for Annie Farmer testified under pseudonyms.
The first witness for the defence will be Cimberly Espinoza, Jeffrey Epstein’s executive assistant from 1996 to 2003.
Her LinkedIn profile states that she was the “key contact for all business and personal communications for this high profile, high net worth entrepreneur”.
She adds that she maintained “all scheduling and appointments” and organised “special events and dinner parties, including invitations, menus and outside contractors”.
Former Epstein assistant says she signed non-disclosure agreement
The former executive assistant to Jeffrey Epstein, Cimberly Espinosa, testified that she signed a non-disclosure agreement as part of her work.
She said Ms Maxwell took care of Epstein’s properties, adding that she was important both to her and to Epstein.
Assistant says sand was shipped to Epstein’s private island
The former executive assistant to Jeffrey Epstein, Cimberly Espinosa, testified that sand and palm trees were shipped to his private island to add to the beaches.
She said the island had its own firefighters and fire truck, adding that Epstein’s favourite bread and butter would also be flown in. She said Emmy Tayler, Ms Maxwell’s former assistant, would take care of the dog and carry her handbag.
Ms Espinosa said she and Ms Maxwell got the island fit for use.
“I attribute my career right now as an executive assistant to what I learned working for Ghislaine,” she said.
“We even shipped in sand and palm trees and all kinds of things to get the island to what it wanted it to be …. He wanted more sand on the beach,” she later added.
Assistant says she thought Epstein and ‘Jane’ had ‘loving relationship’
Jane is the first accuser brought by the prosecution when it was presenting its case. Jane was fourteen when she was first sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein. She was invited to his house.
The former executive assistant to Jeffrey Epstein, Cimberly Espinosa, testified that she booked massages for him as well as Ms Maxwell.
When asked if “Jane” ever visited the office where she worked, Ms Espinosa said she did, and that “Jane” appeared to be 18 years old.
Ms Espinosa said that Jane’s mother told her that “Jane was Jeffrey’s goddaughter” and that “I thought it was a loving relationship”.
The article is updated as the trial unfolds