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Ghislaine Maxwell trial LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ is a ‘very sick woman who enjoyed abuse,’ victim claims

ONE of Ghislaine Maxwell's alleged victims says the British socialite is a "very sick woman."

Sarah Ransome said she saw “the enjoyment in [Maxwell's] face” as she allegedly "orchestrated" the assaults.

Ransome told CBS correspondent Holly Williams that Maxwell was "the engineer."

"I think Ghislaine is a very sick woman," said Ransome. "Ghislaine enjoyed humiliating us."

The alleged victim has been present at Maxwell's trial in New York, which began last week.

"I have so much respect for the girls that are testifying," she said.

"I just want them to know that I'm there for them and I'm rooting for them."

Ransome published a book that details her allegations against Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein: Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • MYSTERY OF EPSTEIN'S MONEY

    Mystery continues to loom over how Epstein made a lot of his money - with the financier believed to have been worth around $577million when he died.

    He took many secrets of his business dealings to the grave, but throughout the trial more details about his money could emerge.

    Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program has awarded a total of $125million to 135 victims.

    And Maxwell's lawyers may attempt to undermine their credibility by claiming they simply after more cash.

  • MYSTERY OF ‘HIDDEN CAMERAS’ AT EPSTEIN HOME

    It has long been reported and rumoured that Epstein and Maxwell had a complex networks of cameras and recording devices.

    The multi-millionaire is alleged to have had these set up at his many homes around the world, and its speculated it could have been part of a blackmail plot.

    However, the existence of any footage from these cameras have never emerged.

    Details about this could emerge during the court case as part of victim's testimony, with alleged victim Annie Farmer's sister Maria making such claims.

    Maria is not part of the case against Maxwell, but also alleges she was abused by the duo.

    Farmer claims large rooms at Epstein's sprawling Zorro Ranch were for housing computers and video equipment for a surveillance network.

  • ‘SENSATIONAL AND IMPURE’

    Sordid and salacious details about Maxwell’s sex life could emerge during the case as victims take the stand.

    Documents relating to her private life have been unsealed in preparation for the case.

    While others were deemed too “sensational and impure” to be released to the public by the judge.

    “Those portions of the transcript, which were redacted in the civil matter, concern privacy interests and their disclosure would merely serve to cater to a ‘craving for that which is sensational and impure’,” said Judge Alison Nathan.

    And with these mystery documents hanging over the trial, it raises the questions about what sleazy claims could be made in court about Maxwell.

    Her lawyers have previously moaned about the focus on her sex life – claiming some parts such as details about sex toys and “three-way sexual activity” – are private.

  • MAXWELL ACCUSED OF PREYING ON GIRLS WITH ‘DIFFICULT LIVES’

    The jury of seven women and five men heard the week how the British socialite and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein went after young girls with “difficult home lives.”

    Prosecutor Pomerantz said: “Maxwell put them at ease…all so they could be molested by a middle-aged man.”

    She told jurors that Maxwell and Epstein’s youngest alleged victim, who was 14 when she was “recruited”, did not know that “this man and woman were predators”.

    The prosecutor said: “This meeting was the beginning of that man and woman targeting (the victim) for sexual abuse that would last for years.”

    Pointing to the defendant, Ms Pomerantz said: “Who was this woman? It was the defendant, Ghislaine Maxwell.”

  • EPSTEIN HOUSEKEEPER 'ON CALL 24-HOURS A DAY'

    Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, worked at Epstein's mansion in Palm Beach, Florida from 1990 to 2002.

    The housekeeper told the court Friday that he was expected to be on call for Epstein 24 hours a day.

    One of Alessi's jobs was to stuff $100 bills into each of the millionaire's cars.

    Employees were also told items in pockets "must not create a bulge or be visible", with Alessi previously saying he was "supposed to be blind and dumb".

    Staff were also instructed on using "proper language" around the property.

    Words like "yeah", "sure" and right" were deemed improper and workers were instead told to say things like "My pleasure and "Of course Ms..."

  • NEW EVIDENCE BROUGHT IN FRIDAY

    For the first time on Friday, December 3, new evidence was brought into the courtroom.

    A massage table retrieved from Epstein's Palm Beach estate, along with a Twin Torpedo” sex toy found in a closet, were examined.

    While prosecutors were unsure why the items were brought in, the first victim to testify this week alleged Epstein abused her during "massages" with sex toys, according to the New York Post.

  • WHO TESTIFIED ON FRIDAY?

    Gregory Parkinson, a former Palm Beach Police officer, and Palm Beach Sgt. Michael Dawson both testified on Friday.

    Both were asked questions in relation to a search warrant that was executed on Epstein's Palm Beach estate in October 2005.

  • MAXWELL WAS ‘VERY CASUAL,’ SAYS ALLEGED VICTIM

    On one occasion, alleged victim “Jane” said she watched as Epstein fondled himself as Ghislaine “rubbed” and “kissed” him, the court heard.

    “She was very casual, like this was entirely normal. I was confused. When you are 14 you have no idea what is going on,” she said.

    She also claimed on one occasion she saw Maxwell and four other women topless by a pool.

    And in another instance she was brought up to Epstein’s bedroom at his mansion in Palm Beach.

    “They moved me over to the bed and took their clothes off. And they started to sort’ve like fondle each other,” she said.

    “They asked me to take my top off. Then there were hands everywhere.”

  • WHAT IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL ACCUSED OF?

    Maxwell has been accused of grooming teenage girls for the late Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

    She has pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from 1994 to 2004.

  • WHEN DID THE TRIAL BEGIN?

    The sex trafficking trial of Epstein's alleged "madam" started on Monday.

    Maxwell faces allegations that she procured girls for Epstein while also participating in the abuse herself on several occasions.

    Prosecutors allege she and Epstein exploited girls as young as 14 between 1994 and 2004.

    Maxwell’s lawyers deny all charges against her and will attempt to argue her relationship with Epstein has been overstated.

  • WHAT WAS THE ‘LOLITA EXPRESS’?

    Jeffrey Epstein was alleged to have used the plane to court underage girls and fly them between his residences across the US.

    The luxury Boeing 727 aircraft was owned by Epstein, though what exactly happened on the flights remains a closely guarded secret.

    Victims of Epstein say he organized orgies on board the three-engine commercial jet.

    The luxury aircraft boasted deluxe furnishings, a spacious galley, expansive cabin lounge and a master bedroom.

    The pilot of the plane reportedly undertook around 1,000 flights during his time flying Epstein and others.

  • 'THREE MASSAGES A DAY'

    On Thursday, former Epstein housekeeper Juan Alessi was asked "how many massages would Mr Epstein get a day?"

    He replied: "Before I left, three a day. I called whoever they told me to call."

    The prosecution then asked: "Did the phone books we discussed have names for massage in them?

    Alessi answered: "Yes. "

    Prosecution: "Did you see [alleged victim] Jane's name in it?"

    Mr Alessi: "Yes. The books were updated twice a year."

  • SKETCH OF GHISLAINE MAXWELL SKETCHING ARTIST

    A court sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell in court shared by a Twitter user appeared to show the British socialite drawing the sketch artist as she was drawn herself.

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S ROMANTIC HISTORY, CONTINUED

    According to a 2009 deposition, several of Epstein’s household employees testified that Epstein referred to Maxwell as his “main girlfriend.”

    It is unclear exactly when or if their relationship went from romantic to platonic before he was jailed for soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.

    Following his initial release, the two were no longer seen in public together.

    Maxwell was then linked to the founder of Gateway Computers, Ted Waitt. The two attended Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding together in 2010, and Maxwell reportedly helped Waitt to renovate a luxury yacht, Plan B, before they eventually split.

    While the exact time and date of the wedding is unknown, Maxwell and Borgerson have been married since 2016.

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S ROMANTIC HISTORY

    While Maxwell has not been married prior to her nuptials with Scott Borgerson, she has been linked to a series of high-profile men over the years.

    In the 1990s, Maxwell dated Count Gianfranco Cicogna, an Italian aristocrat and millionaire. According to reports, the two ended on bad terms.

    Following her relationship with Cicogna, Maxwell began dating Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself while behind bars in 2019.

  • DOES GHISLAINE MAXWELL HAVE KIDS?

    Ghislaine Maxwell does not have any children of her own, but is reportedly the stepmother to her husband’s children from his first marriage.

    According to reports, Maxwell secretly wed tech millionaire Scott Borgerson in 2016.

    Maxwell’s own family didn’t know about the wedding until her bail hearing, according to her brother, Ian.

  • WHERE IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL FROM?

    The British socialite was born in France.

    She worked for her father, Robert Maxwell, until he died in 1991. She then moved to the US and became closely associated with Jeffrey Epstein.

  • WHAT IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL'S NET WORTH?

    The British socialite is worth an estimated £7.4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    The New York Post reported in 2000 that Maxwell lived off an £80,000 a year trust fund set up by her father.

  • MAXWELL HOLDS MULTIPLE CITIZENSHIPS

    Ghislaine Maxwell is a US citizen, and she also holds British and French citizenships.

    This increased the concern of her being a possible "flight risk," if granted bail.

  • WHEN DID JEFFREY EPSTEIN BECOME A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER?

    Epstein became a convicted sex offender in 2008, after he pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges.

    He was charged again in 2019 with allegedly running a sex-trafficking enterprise out of his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida.

  • LAWSUITS AGAINST HIS ESTATE

    In August 2019, several of Epstein's alleged victims filed lawsuits against his estate.

    “Though Epstein is recently deceased, the trauma and pain he caused Plaintiffs remains,” said the lawsuit.

    The alleged victims' attorney, Lisa Bloom, tweeted at the time that "victims deserve to be made whole for the lifelong damage he caused. We are just getting started."

  • WHAT WAS JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S NET WORTH?

    Epstein's net worth was over $577million, according to a will signed two days before he died.

    Details regarding his beneficiaries have not been made public.