Thursday, January 20, 2022

Woman testifies Ghislaine Maxwell befriended her as teen - INSIDER

  • A woman testified at Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial that the socialite befriended her as a teen.
  • Maxwell later introduced her to sexual activity with Jeffrey Epstein under the guise of a massage, she testified.
  • The woman said the events still give her nightmares.

A woman who testified Monday in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial said the British socialite initiated a friendship with her in 1994, when the woman was 17 years old and Maxwell was in her 30s.

The woman, testifying under the pseudonym "Kate," said Maxwell treated everything like a "fun, silly joke" and asked about her relationships and home life before slowly introducing her to Jeffrey Epstein, who initiated sexual contact during a supposed massage.

"I always felt like she was talking like she was younger than me. Which was odd," Kate testified. "Everything was fun. Everything was silly."

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of sex trafficking girls with Epstein and sexually abusing the girls herself. The allegations in the indictment focus on activity between 1997 and 2004, and concern misconduct against four accusers, who were as young as 14 during that time. Prosecutors also accused Maxwell of lying about her actions in a deposition, and she will be tried separately on perjury charges at a later date.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty ton all the charges against her.

Kate was referred to as "Minor Victim-3" in the indictment against Maxwell, and referenced in prosecutors' opening statements as a...

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