December 6th, 2021,
We’ve now entered the second week in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Last week we heard testimony from Maxwell’s first accuser “Jane”, Epstein’s former pilot, A former Housekeeper at Epstein and Maxwell’s Palm Beach estate, and a former Palm Beach Crime Scene Manager.
We left off last week with Former Palm Beach Police Officer Gregory Parkinson on the stand and Epstein’s massage table rolled out and added to the evidence.’
This morning we saw a woman going by the pseudonym “Kate” take the stand after Judge Alison Nathan instructed jurors that she was not a victim of any crimes charged in the indictment.
The witness claimed that she was above the age of consent when she met Maxwell and Epstein. Because of her age, prosecutors will not be allowed to ask her any questions about the details of any sexual conduct between “kate” and Maxwell.
Kate testified that she met Maxwell in the early 1990s when she was 17 years old. She went on to describe a time when she was led up to a massage room in Maxwell’s London townhouse by the accused madam and then gave Epstein sexualized massages.
Kate said that Maxwell would tell her to “have a good time” after she opened the massage room door to reveal a naked Epstein.
After the massage, which included sex acts, Maxwell told Kate she was “such a good girl” and that she was “so happy you were able to come”.
“She sounded really pleased,” Kate added.
The witness testified that Ghislaine spoke about friendships with various celebrities, including Prince Andrew and former President Donald Trump.
Assistant US Attorney Laura Pomerantz asked the witness about Maxwell’s social circle, to which “kate” responded that the disgraced socialite “seemed to know everybody.”
“She was friends with Prince Andrew, etc., sometimes there names would just come up or she would be talking about them on the phone with me present,”
While down in Palm Beach, Maxwell and Epstein had the witness dress up like a schoolgirl and requested that she serve them tea while in costume. Kate claimed that the pleated skirt, white socks, and shirt were laid out for her on a bed when she arrived at the mansion for the first time in the early 1990s.
“I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffery his tea in this outfit,” Maxwell told her when she asked about it. Maxwell then gave her a tray, which she took to Epstein, who then engaged in sex acts with her near the pool, she testified.
Maxwell even tried to get Kate to recruit others to give the late pedophile oral sex, telling her he liked “cute, young, pretty” girls, “like you.”
“She would ask me if I knew anybody to come and give Jeffrey a blowjob because it was a lot for her to do,” recalled Kate.
The witness, now 44, said the duo promised to help with her budding music career.
Regarding her first impressions of Maxwell, Kate said: “She seemed very exciting and she seemed like everything that I wanted to be,” Kate said about the older woman.
“I thought that she was going to be my friend,”
She then began abusing cocaine and sleeping pills.
“I did not want to admit what happened to me,” she said.
The next phase of the trial would see the defense attacking the girls credibility. Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim grilled the witness – raising the fact that she’s made numerous public statements with her real name, but is now testifying anonymously.
Sternheim also raised that Kate is represented by an attorney who has profited off the Epstein case, including by writing a book about accusations against him.
The next witness to take the stand was JP Morgan director Patrick McHugh, who was questioned about wire transfers to Ghislaine Maxwell from accounts belonging to Jeffery Epstein.
One transaction on Oct. 19th, 1999, for instance, showed that $18.3 million was wired to Maxwell’s Bear Sterns account.
Another $5 million was funneled to Maxwell in 2002, McHugh testified.
Next up we had FBI Special Agent Kelly Maguire who testified about the 2019 raid on Jeffery Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse.
Federal agents and NYPD officers raided the home around the time of Epstein’s July 2019 sex-trafficking arrest, and said they found hundreds of images of nude underage girls stashed inside a safe.
The last witness of the day was an FBI analyst, Kimberly Meder, who testified about the CDs discovered in Epstein’s safe which apperently contained images of Epstein and Maxwell together.
The analyst wasn’t on the stand long before democrat Judge Alison Natha called an end to the day.
Testimony will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.