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January 8, 2022

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Conviction in Jeopardy

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys called for a mistrial after two jurors revealed they were victims of sexual abuse and discussed their experiences during jury deliberations.

On December 29, Maxwell was convicted of five counts, including conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of an individual under 18. She faces up to 65 years in prison for her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s serial abuse of girls, some as young as 14.

Scotty David (his first and middle names), 35, told the Daily Mail and the Independent that he detailed his experience of being sexually abused as a child when other jurors questioned the credibility of two witnesses who testified that Maxwell set them up with Epstein as teenagers.

“When I shared that, they were able to sort of come around on, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse,” he said.

An unnamed second juror told the New York Times they were sexually abused as a child and that their story also appeared to help sway the jury’s discussions.

The revelations led Maxwell’s lawyers to call for a mistrial. Prosecutors also asked U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan to investigate the juror’s remarks.

“Assuming the accuracy of the reporting, the juror asserted that he ‘flew through’ the prospective juror questionnaire and does not recall being asked whether he had been a victim of sexual abuse, but stated that ‘he would have answered honestly’. Based on the foregoing, the government believes the court should conduct an inquiry,” the prosecutors wrote.

Nathan said the defense should make a formal request for a mistrial by January 19 and gave prosecutors until February 2 to respond.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan wrote a letter to Nathan asking her to conduct an inquiry into the juror’s description of being a victim of sexual abuse and his responses to the questionnaire, Reuters reported.

“While the court instructed jurors that they were free to discuss their jury service with anyone of their choosing, some of the statements, as related in the media, merit attention by the court,” the letter read.

Legal experts say the situation does not bode well for the prosecution and that a new trial is inevitable.

“It’s a prosecutor’s worst nightmare,” Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, told the Washington Examiner. “As a prosecutor, you absolutely hate it when the jurors talk to the media after a guilty verdict because they can always say something improper that can cause problems. But this juror, not only did he say something improper, he established prejudice.”

“Immediately, [prosecutors] knew there was a problem, and then Judge Alison Nathan appointed an attorney for the juror, and that means she believes he may have committed a crime, perjury,” Rahmani said.

“The government will 100% retry the case,” he added. “They have to. I don’t expect her to be acquitted under any circumstances.”

Scotty David hired a well-known lawyer, Todd Spodek, who represented Anna Sorkin, who once posed as an heiress to infiltrate Manhattan’s elite social society.

Stranger still, it’s come to light that Scotty David works as an executive assistant for Carlyle Group Inc., a private equity giant.


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Maxwell Verdict Is Clouded After Juror’s Disclosure of Past Sexual Abuse

January 3, 2022

BBC Apologizes for Interviewing Allen Dershowitz After Maxwell Verdict

The BBC apologized after interviewing lawyer Alan Dershowitz to discuss Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction without mentioning that Dershowitz previously represented Jeffrey Epstein and faces allegations of abuse by an Epstein accuser.

In an interview aired Wednesday on the network, Dershowitz attacked his accuser Virginia Giuffre’s credibility.

“The most important thing for British viewers is that the government was very careful who it used as witnesses,” Dershowitz said. “It did not use as a witness the woman who accused Prince Andrew, who accused me, who accused many other people, because the government didn’t believe she was telling the truth.”

The next morning, the BBC issued a statement saying the interview failed to meet their editorial standards because Dershowitz was not an “impartial analyst.”

“Last night’s interview with Alan Dershowitz after the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict did not meet the BBC’s editorial standards, as Mr. Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not make the relevant background clear to our audience,” the statement read.

“We will look into how this happened,” the BBC concluded.


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January 2, 2022

Could the Maxwell Verdict Spell Trouble for Prince Andrew?

After a jury convicted former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell this week, one Jeffrey Epstein victim thinks the verdict could spell trouble for Prince Andrew.

The guilty verdict leaves Maxwell, 62, facing up to 65 years in jail for procuring, grooming, and trafficking underage girls for Epstein to abuse.

The jury’s decision comes days before Maxwell’s longtime friend Prince Andrew attempts to get a civil case dismissed.

In August 2021, Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers, filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Maxwell trafficked her to Andrew when she was 17. Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations and has said he doesn’t remember ever meeting Giuffre, despite a widely circulated photograph of him with his arm around her waist.

Though sources close to Andrew have insisted that the damning outcome of Maxwell’s case “shouldn’t affect the prospects of Andrew’s case at all,” those within the Giuffre camp see it differently.

“This verdict obviously makes his case a lot more difficult. His argument is essentially the same as Maxwell’s—that these young women made it all up for money, and they were all just friends, and there wasn’t any sex trafficking and the girls who are making these claims are liars and gold diggers,” a Giuffre source told The Daily Beast. “It’s all the same, blame-the-victim defense. This verdict demonstrates that you can’t obscure the overwhelming amount of evidence by these smokescreens, and that jurors are not prepared to blame the victim.”

“This can’t be good for Andrew,” the Giuffre source added. “But it’s hard to know what he takes on board and what he doesn’t. No sane person would have gone on television the way he did and just denied that photographic evidence, and shown a total lack of remorse.”

After the jury handed down Maxwell’s verdict, Giuffre said: “We were told constantly, you know, these people will never go to jail. They are too powerful. They are too rich. And we live in a new day. And it just goes to show that, you know, this is not the end. This is just the beginning.”

“Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable,” Giuffre tweeted.


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Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict Could Spell Big Trouble for Prince Andrew

December 31, 2021

BREAKING: Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty

In a New York federal court, a 12-person jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts stemming from her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s serial abuse of minor girls.

Maxwell was convicted on five federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three related counts of conspiracy. The 60-year-old British socialite was acquitted on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

Prosecutors argued that Maxwell groomed and trafficked underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein. They accused Maxwell of conspiring with Epstein to coordinate a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Florida, New Mexico, and the Virgin Islands.

After a month-long trial, the jury deliberated for roughly 40 hours across six days before handing down their verdict. The charges relate to testimony from four women who say Maxwell facilitated and occasionally participated in their sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams praised the victims for their testimony after experiencing “one of the worst crimes imaginable.”

“I want to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible,” Williams said in a statement.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison. Judge Alison Nathan did not set a sentencing date.

The defense had argued that prosecutors were using Maxwell as a scapegoat because Epstein died before he could stand trial.

“The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things that Jeffrey Epstein did,” one of Maxwell’s lawyers, Bobbi Sternheim, told the jury. “But she is not Jeffrey Epstein and she is not like Jeffrey Epstein.”

However, the four accusers who testified had a much different opinion of Maxwell’s involvement.

“I am so relieved and grateful that the jury recognized the pattern of predatory behavior that Maxwell engaged in for years and found her guilty of these crimes,” said Annie Falmer, the only publicly identified accuser. “She has caused hurt to many more women than the few of us who had the chance to testify in the courtroom.”

Maxwell also faces two pending perjury charges stemming from a 2016 civil deposition.

The testimonies

Falmer said Maxwell massaged her bare chest at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch in 1996 when she was 16 years old. The three other women testified using first names or pseudonyms.

Jane, a television actress, said Maxwell organized sexual massages with Epstein and sometimes participated in the abuse.

Maxwell’s lawyers asked Jane, who was 14 at the time, why it had taken so long to come forward.

“I was scared,” she said. “I was embarrassed, ashamed. I didn’t want anybody to know any of this about me.”

Carolyn, now a mom in recovery from drug addiction, testified that when she was 14, Maxwell touched her breasts, hips, and buttocks and told her she “had a great body for Epstein and his friends.”

Kate, a former model from Great Britain, testified that Maxwell invited her over and trained her how to give Epstein a sexual massage. Kate said Maxwell often spoke of sexual topics and asked Kate to invite other young girls for Epstein.

All four women described how Maxwell charmed them and gave them gifts to gain their trust, assuring them that Epstein’s wealth and connections could fulfill their dreams. But, they said, things took a dark turn once Maxwell coaxed them into giving Epstein massages that turned sexual — which Maxwell normalized. After one such massage, Kate, 17 at the time, said Maxwell asked her if she had fun and told her: “You are such a good girl.”

Prosecutors called 24 witnesses during the trial, including a housekeeper who said he was expected to be “blind, deaf, and dumb” about Epstein and Maxwell’s private lives.

The jury saw physical evidence as well, such as a folding massage table once used by Epstein and a “black book” that listed the victims’ contact information under the heading “massages.” Additionally, bank records showed Epstein transferred $30.7 million to Maxwell.

“Maxwell was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,” prosecutor Alison Moe told the jury in closing arguments last week. “She manipulated her victims, and she groomed them for sexual abuse.”

Maxwell’s legal battles continue

Maxwell’s defense team indicated that they intend to appeal the conviction.

“We firmly believe in Ghislaine’s innocence. Obviously, we are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already started working on the appeal and we are confident that she will be vindicated,” Sternheim said.

In addition to the two pending perjury charges, Maxwell faces a lawsuit from another Epstein accuser. Virginia Giuffre, who was not involved in the trial, says she was coerced into sexual encounters with Prince Andrew when she was 17. Andrew has denied the accusation.

In a new interview with The Cut, Giuffre said Maxwell is “worse than Epstein.”

“She was the devil’s right-hand man. She made these appointments for him, she actively went out there and scouted for new girls. She was part of the sexual encounters at times. To paint herself as just the ‘house manager’ is a load of crock,” Giuffre told the outlet.

“She’s definitely worse than Epstein. She used that charm, that wit, that smile to come off as somebody you want to trust. Epstein did a whole bunch of really bad stuff, acting on his sick urges. One victim said it perfectly: Jeffrey had to ejaculate like you and I have to breathe. It’s organic to him. But Ghislaine facilitated it. She was the one out there bringing the girls in for him and participating in some of the sexual events. She’s worse to me, more evil than Epstein. What Ghislaine did to so many of us, it’s unforgivable.”


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December 7, 2021

Epstein Visited Clinton White House 17 Times

According to newly available visitor logs, the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein visited former President Bill Clinton at the White House at least 17 times.

The disgraced financier visited the Executive Mansion during Clinton’s first three years in office — between 1993 and 1995. This is around the same time Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of recruiting young girls for Epstein.

Credit: The Sun

The records indicate that Epstein went to the White House on 14 separate days. On three different occasions, he made two visits in a single day.

According to The Sun, the documents show that Epstein spent most of his visits in the West Wing, having been invited by Clinton’s senior advisers and aides.

The revelation comes after Epstein’s former pilot, Lawrence Visoski, testified that Clinton had been onboard the billionaire’s private plane — as well as Prince Andrew and former President Donald Trump.

Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell in 2019. At the time, Clinton claimed he was unaware of Epstein’s “terrible crimes” but admitted he had flown with him four times.

Maxwell, 59, faces six charges linked to Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

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Jeffrey Epstein visited Bill Clinton at the White House at least 17 times including 12 times in a year, logs reveal

December 3, 2021

Accuser Testifies Epstein Took Her to Meet Trump When She Was 14

In the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, an accuser testified that Jeffrey Epstein brought her to Mar-a-Lago to meet Donald Trump when she was 14.

The first of four accusers didn’t allege any wrongdoing against the former president and didn’t elaborate further on her reason for being at the resort.

Maxwell’s attorney, Laura Menninger, asked the accuser, “Jane,” if Epstein introduced her to Trump. Jane replied, “Yes.”

Trump hasn’t commented on the trial so far, but in 2020, he was asked about Maxwell’s case.

“I haven’t really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said.

“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach,” he added. “But I wish her well, whatever it is.”

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Maxwell accuser says Epstein took her to meet Trump when she was 14

December 1, 2021

Epstein’s Pilot Says Bill Clinton and Donald Trump Both Flew Aboard ‘Lolita Express’

On Tuesday, Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime pilot testified as part of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, dropping big names of VIP passengers on the private jet known as the “Lolita Express” — including former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. testified on the second day of Maxwell’s trial, revealing the names of several high-profile passengers: Clinton, Trump, Bill Gates, Prince Andrew, actor Kevin Spacey, and former astronaut John Glenn. Visoski said Clinton was a passenger multiple times.

The pilot was the government’s first witness, and he also shed light on the layout of Epstein’s properties in New York and Paris, and his private island in the Caribbean, Little St. James. Although locals nicknamed the location “Pedophile Island,” Visoski claimed he didn’t recall seeing any underaged girls aboard the jet.

“I didn’t notice anybody of a younger nature without an adult or parent,” Visoski testified. “I didn’t know anybody’s exact age at all.”

Visoski served as Epstein’s pilot from 1991 to 2019. The Daily Beast reported that the testimony indicated the two men had a “chummy relationship.”

In addition to Epstein’s properties, he also provided details about Maxwell’s various Manhattan apartments. He said he’d once installed a home theater at the top floor of her townhouse on the Upper East Side.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Pilot Dishes on Flights With Donald Trump—But Claims He Never Saw Underage Girls

November 30, 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Begins

The sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime companion of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, got underway on Monday afternoon.

Maxwell, a British socialite, is accused of assisting convicted sex offender Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls. The Associated Press reported the trial is expected to last roughly six weeks.

Maxwell, 59, was a close confidant of Epstein, who dated him at one point. She is charged with conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, and sex trafficking of minors.

She also faces two counts of perjury in connection to a sworn deposition, but a trial on those charges has not yet been scheduled.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her. She has been held in a Brooklyn jail while awaiting trial after being repeatedly denied bail.

Her trial comes more than two years after Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while awaiting trial for allegations of sex abuse. The New York City medical examiner later ruled that his death was a suicide by hanging.

Maxwell was arrested and indicted in July 2020 after prosecutors claimed that she “exploited girls as young as 14, including by enticing them to travel and transporting them for the purpose of engaging in illegal sex acts” during the 1990s.

Prosecutors said the British socialite “played a critical role in the grooming and abuse of minor victims” for Epstein in New York, Florida, and New Mexico and acted in such a way “knowing that Epstein had a preference for young girls.”

Prosecutors claim that they have evidence showing that Maxwell knew the girls were minors.

Maxwell’s lawyers, however, have said that she is being used as a scapegoat to hold someone accountable for Epstein’s crimes since he cannot be prosecuted due to his death.

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial begins Monday. Prosecutors allege she created a network of underage victims for Jeffrey Epstein

November 23, 2021

Judge Allows Ghislaine Maxwell to Call ‘False Memories’ Expert to Testify at Trial

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan permitted Ghislaine Maxwell to call a psychologist who specializes in how memories can become distorted over time to testify at her trial on sex abuse and trafficking charges.

Maxwell’s lawyers have said they plan to call psychologist Elizabeth Loftus to testify on “false memories” of sexual abuses that people may confidently describe without deliberately lying.

According to Luc Cohen of Reuters: “Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, has testified at hundreds of trials, including as a defense witness in real estate heir Robert Durst’s murder trial and former movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s trial on rape and sexual assault charges. Both were convicted.”

Prosecutors had requested that Nathan disallow Loftus’s testimony, calling her opinions “unreliable.”

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges.

Opening statements at the trial begin on Nov. 29.

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U.S. judge lets Ghislaine Maxwell call ‘false memories’ expert to testify at trial

September 11, 2021

Prince Andrew served court papers in Epstein victim’s sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew has been served with a lawsuit from a woman alleging he had sex with her when she was underage.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre first filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court in early August. The lawsuit claims that while convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her, she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.”

Giuffre claims Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who is now in jail, directed her to have sex with Prince Andrew in multiple locations between 2000 and 2002.

“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,” Giuffre said in a statement. “I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates — but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”

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Prince Andrew served court papers in sex-assault lawsuit after attempts to avoid them

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