After a three day break, the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial resumed on Thursday, December 16 with the Defense presenting its case.
In all thirty-five witnesses are meant to take the stand to defend Ghislaine Maxwell against the charges she is facing.
As a reminder, Ghislaine Maxwell trial is to prove that she’s been luring, grooming, teenage girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation by her then mate Jeffrey Epstein.
On Day 11, Jeffrey Epstein’s executive assistant Cimberly Espinosa took the stand. She referred to Jeffrey Epstein and Jane, the first accuser from the prosecution case, were in ” a loving relationship”.
She also added during her testimony that, Jane’s mother described her daughter as being Epstein’s “goddaughter“.
What Are The Charges Against Ghislaine Maxwell?
The Mann Act Charges
- Ms Maxwell is charged with two counts of violating the Mann Act, which bars transporting individuals across state lines for illegal sexual activity.
- She also two faces charges of conspiring to violate those two sections of the Mann Act.
The Sex Trafficking Charges
- Charges of one charge of sex trafficking of a minor
- One charge of sex trafficking conspiracy. Federal law bars recruiting or transporting anyone under 18 to participate in a “commercial sex act.”
The trafficking charge does not require the child to be transported across state lines.
The Perjury Charges
- Ms Maxwell faces two charges of perjury that will be tried at a later date.
Prosecutors have accused Ms Maxwell of lying under oath in 2016 during a deposition for a civil lawsuit brought against her by Virginia Giuffre, who says she was abused by Epstein while a minor.
Lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell told the judge that they could rest their case on Friday.
The decision to rest their case depends on whether the judge allows them to call more witnesses, her lawyers said after jurors left the room on Thursday, according to a Bloomberg report.
On Day 10, the Defense said they’d need four days maximum to present their case but that it could be done in two days. Deliberation was then set for Dec 21.