Defense Seeks to Disqualify "Jane," Ghislaine Maxwell's Accuser. Names of the rich and famous continue to come up during witness statements.
by Maibort Petit
On the third day of Ghislaine Maxwell's trial,
the first witness to take the stand was "Jane", the first of her accusers to come forward under a fictitious name, to continue her statements initiated on the second day of the judicial process.
On this occasion, the cross-page defense came, with Laura Menninger being responsible for this task.
The lawyer sought to deny the claims that "Jane" had made so far, presenting herself as a member of a poor family, which allegedly disintegrated and went bankrupt after Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell began abusing her in 1994.
Maxwell's defense focused its batteries to attack the credibility of the accuser whom they questioned for waiting 20 years to make her complaint, to which the woman argued that it was too painful a fact for her."Jane" said Tuesday that her family went bankrupt after her father's death from leukemia. According to her version, after a life in which she lived in a pool house with her mother and siblings, she was dragged by Maxwell and taken with Epstein when she was only 14 years old.
Laura Menninger's goal was at all times for the jury to dismiss "Jane's" testimony as inconsistent and therefore reminded her that in December 2019 she "told the government that she had no specific memory of her first time with Ghislaine."
And he attacked:
"You've come up with that memory in the last two years, right?" — the lawyer asked.
"I don't think I came up with a memory, no," was "Jane's" reply.
Menninger told "Jane" about the millionaire payment she would have received from Jeffrey Epstein's victim compensation fund, a reflection aimed at showing that this was the only motivation for the woman's accusations.
Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyer told "Jane" that her testimony resembled the plots of the soap operas in which she acts.
Menninger said the witness's allegations include
surviving a car accident,
being harassed by a serial killer
and ending a Mexican drug cartel.
And then he asked her
if she has also played prostitutes in her acting career,
to which "Jane's" response was:
- It's not my favorite story.
And Menninger returned to the attack:
- Can you cry when ordered?" —
"Not really," replied, "Jane."
But tears quickly surfaced when he was asked if he had received $5 million from Epstein's victim compensation fund. So, after tears and a brief silence, she wiped her eyes.
One of the prosecutors in the case asked her what the significance of that money to her. "I wish I had never received that money in the first place because of what happened," was her reply.
Princes, ex-presidents and celebrities
As happened on the second day of trial when Jeffrey Epstein's pilot mentioned the celebrities who used to fly on the tycoon's planes, "Jane" also referred to two senior officials he would have met when he was a victim of the businessman and Maxwell. He referred to former U.S. President Donald Trump and Prince Andrew of England.
The prosecution witness said Jeffrey Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. This would have happened when I was a teenager in the '90s. The trip to the place would have occurred in a dark green car in 1994. "Jane" did not elaborate on this nor did the lawyer ask for them.
"Jane" also said that by the time she was allegedly abused by Epstein and Maxwell, she was able to meet Prince Andrew of England on one of the flights on which she accompanied the tycoon and the defendant.
The English royal has received multiple criticisms for his links to Epstein, leading to his even being excluded from the activities of the Royal Household.
The prosecution also referred to the famous journalist Mike Wallace, whom she would have met when she was 15 years old on the occasion that Jeffrey Epstein took her to the CBS communicator's 80th birthday party. "I sang happy birthday," he said.
"Jane's" ex-boyfriend speaks
Also on the stand wednesday was the man who was identified as "Matt," "Jane's" ex-boyfriend — also an actor — who would tell the jury what his ex-partner told him about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
The witness said his girlfriend of eight years was "shocked, embarrassed, horrified" by her alleged relationship with the tycoon.
"Matt, the money wasn't free,"
but she didn't go into more detail," the man said.
The third witness
A third witness was called to the stand, namely Daniel Besselsen, vice president of finance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, who was responsible for referring to the summer camp organized by his institution in which "Jane" and Ghislaine Maxwell would meet.
Interlochen Center for the Arts is an organization that received donations from Epstein, but in the wake of the scandal that arose around his figure, they decided to remove the name of one of their campuses: "Jeffrey Epstein Scholarship Lodge".
The boarding school cut ties with Jeffrey Epstein when he learned of his conviction for child prostitution.
Daniel Besselsen's testimony will continue Thursday in the fourth session of the trial.
On this third day of trial, it could be observed that among the public was the brother of the accused, Kevin Maxwell, who in the past faced with his brother Ian a trial for fraud from which they were acquitted. It should be remembered that the brothers of the accused have supported her at all times and even requested her release on bail before the UN.