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Ghislaine Maxwell trial LIVE – Latest coverage as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump named in court by Epstein pilot

THE sex trafficking trial of Jeffrey's Epstein's alleged "madam" Ghislaine Maxwell started on Monday, and Lawrence Visoski, Epstein's former pilot who is testifying for the prosecution, claimed former President Donald Trump flew on Epstein's aircraft.

Visoski was asked during cross-examination about passengers on Epstein's Gulf Stream plane and confirmed Trump, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton had all flown on it.

"I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him," the pilot told the trial.

Prosecutors allege that an address book containing the contact information of the alleged victims belonged to Maxwell, and that she and Epstein used it.

The case could see bombshell revelations from the murky world of Epstein emerge as Maxwell answers six charges relating to the trafficking and abuse of four victims.

Maxwell faces allegations that she procured girls for Epstein while also participating in the abuse herself on a number of occasions. Prosecutors allege she and Epstein exploited girls as young as 14.

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

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

  • ALLEGED VICTIM CLAIMS SHE WAS 14 WHEN FIRST ASSAULTED BY EPSTEIN

    "Jane" was asked about her experiences with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during the trial on Tuesday.

    She alleged that she was 14 when she first had sexual contact with Epstein, according to The Independent.

    When questioned more, she said that Ghislaine Maxwell was in the room.

  • ALLEGED VICTIM TESTIFIED ON TUESDAY

    “Minor victim 1” in the indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell took the stand on Tuesday, according to The Independent.

    She will be known by the pseudonym “Jane” for the trial.

    The court sketch artist is not allowed to depict her, the outlet noted.

  • PILOT CLAIMS FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ON EPSTEIN'S PLANE

    Lawrence Visoski, Epstein's former pilot who is testifying for the prosecution, was asked during cross examination about passengers aboard Epstein's Gulf Stream plane.

    He confirmed former President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton had all flown on it. - along with other big names like Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

    He told the court he never saw any sexual activity on the flight, or any underage girls without their parents.

    "I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him," the pilot told the trial.

  • A ’21ST CENTURY JAMES BOND’

    The victims are going to “tell stories that have changed over time and will over time”, said Maxwell’s attorney Sternheim.

    “Stories that they have told for the first time after Epstein died. Ghislaine has been inserted in those stories as they reframed their stories for a payday.

    Epstein was a “21st-century James Bond” whose wealth and mystery attracted the public’s interest, added Sternheim.

    Maxwell “is is a brand name, she is a lightning rod, she is a convenient stand-in for the man who cannot be here.”

  • THE DEFENSE’S ARGUMENT

    Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim cast doubt on the accusers’ claims and argued Maxwell was a “scapegoat” for the multimillionaire pedophile’s crimes.

    “Memories fade over time and this case you will learn that not only have memories faded, but they have been contaminated by outside information, constant media reports and other influences,” she said.

    “The government is trying to stitch together stories of four different people, four different stories to support a pattern.

    “But the only pattern you will see here is the success of those four people getting big money awards from the Epstein fund.

    “They have been impacted by lawyers, by media, by things they have read, things they have heard. And by money. Big Bucks.”

  • WILL THE ALLEGED VICTIMS TESTIFY IN MAXWELL’S TRIAL?

    Maxwell’s charges relate to four victims – including Annie Farmer , who claims that the alleged “madam” gave her a topless massage when she was just 16.

    Farmer will be joined by three other victims who are expected to testify under pseudonyms.

  • PILOT CLAIMS FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ON EPSTEIN’S PLANE

    Lawrence Visoski, Epstein’s former pilot who is testifying for the prosecution, was asked during cross examination about passengers aboard Epstein’s Gulf Stream plane.

    He confirmed former President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton had all flown on it. – along with other big names like Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

    He told the court he never saw any sexual activity on the flight, or any underage girls without their parents.

    “I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him,” the pilot told the trial.

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL ‘PREYED ON VULNERABLE YOUNG GIRLS’

    While opening the case against Ghislaine Maxwell, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz said: “The defendant helped Epstein find those girls, she helped him recruit those girls for so-called massages.”

    “She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be sexually abused.”

    “Make no mistake – she knew exactly what Epstein was going to do to those children when she sent them inside those massage rooms.”

  • DEFENSE HAS ACCUSED ALLEGED VICTIM OF LYING FOR CASH

    Maxwell has previously claimed that one alleged victim, Annie Farmer, fabricated her accusations because she wanted money.

    One of Maxwell’s lawyers wrote: “The fact that plaintiff seeks money from the estate and from Ms Maxwell in the millions of dollars at the same time she is a government witness in an upcoming criminal trial on the same topic is reason enough to suspect that her newly asserted memories of abuse without corroboration are not based on the truth or a desire for ‘justice’, so much as her desire for cash.”

  • ‘DESIRE FOR CASH’

    According to pre-trial court filings, the defense will argue that the four women who had leveled allegations against Maxwell have received “millions of dollars” from a compensation program set up after Epstein’s death.

    It’s understood Maxwell’s lawyers could try to undermine the credibility of the alleged victims by claiming they are after money.

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

  • HOW LONG COULD MAXWELL FACE IN PRISON?

    If convicted on all counts, Maxwell could face up to 80 years in prison.

    Depending on how the trial goes and whether she is convicted, she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.

  • WILL PRINCE ANDREW BE MENTIONED IN THE TRIAL?

    It has been suggested that Andrew’s name could be mentioned in the case and one lawyer said the royal will be “dreading” the trial.

    “It is inconceivable his name won’t be introduced by the women who will testify against Maxwell,” a lawyer told The Mail on Sunday.

    Andrew and Ghislaine are understood to have been friends since university, and she is claimed to be the one who introduced him to Epstein.

  • ‘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.

  • A ‘SCAPEGOAT’ FOR EPSTEIN

    Maxwell has claimed she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein.

    He took his own life as he awaited trial for sex crimes in August 2019.

    Maxwell’s lawyers are expected to emphasise that she was not charged in two previous indictments against her ex-boyfriend, including when he was jailed in 2008 for 18 months for procuring a child for prostitution in Florida.

    Because of Epstein’s suicide, Maxwell’s brother Ian is convinced authorities want to make an example of her.

    “The charges she currently faces were brought in an attempt to save face and give the baying crowd a scalp deflecting from the authorities’ own incompetence in allowing Epstein to die on their watch,” he said, reports the Sunday Times.

  • WHO HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO EPSTEIN AND MAXWELL?

    Notable politicians, billionaires, and celebrities have been connected to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwelll.

    Some of them include Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, and Woody Allen.

    Prince Andrew has been accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre. A judge dismissed criminal charges in 2015, but Giufffre is pursuing a sexual assault lawsuit.

    The case is scheduled to go on well into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.

  • ‘THE LADY OF THE HOUSE’

    The court was told that, as well as his former lover, Maxwell was Epstein’s “best friend” and his “right hand” – running his homes in New York, Florida, New Mexico, Paris and the Caribbean.

    The prosecutor described Maxwell as his “second in command” and being involved in “every detail” of his life as the “lady of the house”.

    She said that between 1994 and 2004, Maxwell allegedly sent gifts such as lingerie and discussed sexual topics with the girls to win their trust.

    Maxwell then allegedly encouraged them to give Epstein erotic massages, which ended up in abuse.

  • THE CHARGES

    The exact charges against Maxwell are:

    She also faces two other charges of perjury over allegations she lied in a deposition in a separate civil suit, but these will be tried separately.

    She has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her.

  • 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.

  • WHERE IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL NOW?

    She has been detained since July 2020 at a Brooklyn detention centre, where she has complained about her alleged ill-treatment.

    Her trial begins today, November 29, 2021.

    She has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in relation to her relationship with pedophile financier Epstein.

  • MAXWELL’S LAWYER INVOKED THE BIBLE IN OPENING STATEMENT

    Opening the case for the defense, Bobbi Sternheim told the jury: “Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behavior of men, and women are often vilified and punished more than men are.

    “The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did. But she is not Jeffrey Epstein.

    “She is not like Jeffrey Epstein and she is not like any of the other men, powerful men, moguls, who abused women.”

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

    The jury of seven women and five men heard Monday afternoon 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.”

  • IS THERE A GAG ORDER?

    There is no gag order, according to Newsweek.

    Rumors have circulated online that members of the press have been barred from the courtroom by the judge.

    Only individuals inside the courtroom will be able to watch the trial, per federal rules.

    Members of the press are among those who are guaranteed access to the trial.

  • ‘VICTIM 3’

    One of three accusers, known as ‘Victim 3’, is understood to be a British woman who claims she was groomed by Maxwell in London in 1994.

    Prosecutors claim Maxwell encouraged the 17-year-old girl to massage Epstein “knowing that (he) would engage in sex acts” with her.

    The British woman is alleged to have later been abused by Epstein at his ‘Zorro’ ranch in New Mexico, although she was above the age of consent in the state.

  • HOW LONG SHOULD THE TRIAL TAKE?

    The trial is set to take six weeks.

    Maxwell has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in connection to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

    She has pled not guilty to the charges, and was denied bail several times.

  • DISCLOSED FLIGHT LOGS

    Business Insider reported the Federal Aviation Authority had "accidentally" disclosed logs for around 2,300 flights after previously refusing to release the data.

    The logs relate to four aircraft owned by Epstein including the Boeing and three Gulfstream jets.

    Some 704 of the flights were not previously known about and fill in detail of four years when Epstein's movements were unclear, the publication said.

    Records show how he made regular trips between his main homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, as well as hundreds of flights to Los Angeles.

    He also flew regularly to Little St James in the Caribbean - dubbed Paedo Island because girls were ferried there for him to abuse.

    And he flew to his other home in Paris, as well as luxury trips to Mexico and Marrakesh.