December 16th, 2021
The Ghislaine Maxwell trial has resumed today after a three-day pause. The prosecution rested its case last Friday after calling nearly two dozen witnesses, including 4 accusers who detailed their alleged abuse at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell.
In court papers filed earlier this week, Maxwell’s attorneys said they are hoping to call the attorneys for three of Maxwell’s accusers to question them about statements they made to federal investigators.
Prosecutors in the case have urged Judge Nathan to not allow the testimony — but no final decision has been by the jurist.
The defense’s first witness was Cimberly Espinosa, a one-time employee of Jeffery Epstein.
Espinosa was hired by the dead sex offender in 1996 and worked as an executive assistant for Maxwell. She worked for Maxwell for about six years and told the jury that she “looked up” to the accused madam.
“I highly respected Ghislaine,” Espinosa testified. “I looked up to her very much.”
Espinosa, 55, said the British socialite was Jeffrey Epstein’s “property manager” — and that she learned a lot from her “demanding” boss over their years working side by side.
Much like the rest of Epstein’s well-taken-care-of employees, Espinosa denied ever seeing Maxwell or Epstein engage in inappropriate activity with underage girls.
Next, the Defense called in one Elizabeth Loftus, a “false memory” expert.
Editors Note: We are currently working on an expose of Elizabeth Loftus and the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, so keep an eye out for that!
Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, has been called to the stand in some 300 trials since 1975. She’s usually called by defense attorneys in an attempt to raise doubts about the accounts of accusers.
Loftus has consulted or testified in the cases of scores of high-profile defendants, including Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Robert Durst, and Ted Bundy.
After lunch, Prosecutors began their cross-examination of the witness.
During cross-examination, Assistant US Attorney Lara Pomerantz grilled the defense’s expert witness Elizabeth Loftus — a psychologist and memory expert — over the fact that she’s only ever testified for the prosecution one time out of 150.
She also brought up a 1991 book by Loftus titled, “Witness for the Defense.”
“You wrote a book called ‘Witness for the Defense’?” Pomerantz asked.
“Yes,” Loftus replied.
“You haven’t written a book called ‘Impartial Witness,’ right?”
“No,” Loftus said.
Unfortunately, that’s all we were able to learn today but we will be back tomorrow with more updates.