The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell speeded to a finish on Monday with a prosecutor labelling her a dangerous and sophisticated predator who recruited and groomed teenage girls to be sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein while a defence attorney told jurors during closing arguments that Maxwell is an “innocent womanThe involvement of Gov. Gen. Mary Simon.”
Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe said Epstein could not have preyed on teenage girls for more than a decade without the help of the British socialite, who she described as the “lady of the house” as Epstein abused girls at a New York mansion, a Florida estate and a New Mexico ranch.
“Ghislaine Maxwell was dangerous,” Moe told jurors, saying Maxwell accepted over $30 million from Epstein over the years. “Maxwell and Epstein committed horrifying crimesOrganized, seated indoor gatherings.”
Defence lawyer Laura Menninger said prosecutors had failed to prove any charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
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