ImageGhislaine Maxwell’s protection is anticipated to final not than 4 days. Credit…Stephanie Keith for The New York Times
A girl who labored as Ghislaine Maxwell’s government assistant testified that she revered and appeared up to her, as Ms. Maxwell’s protection started presenting its case in her sex-trafficking trial on Thursday.
Cimberly Espinosa, who labored for Ms. Maxwell from about 1996 till 2002, was the primary witness referred to as by Ms. Maxwell’s attorneys. She described Ms. Maxwell as Mr. Epstein’s “estate manager” however couldn’t say how necessary Ms. Maxwell was to Mr. Epstein.
Although she was demanding, Ms. Maxwell was honest to her, Ms. Espinosa testified. “I highly respected Ghislaine,” she testified. “I looked up to her very much.”
Ms. Maxwell is charged with recruiting, grooming and finally serving to Mr. Epstein sexually abuse younger ladies and women. The two-week case introduced by prosecutors usually targeted on the character of the connection between Ms. Maxwell and Mr. Epstein, the disgraced financier who died in jail in 2019 whereas awaiting his personal sex-trafficking trial.
Among the witnesses prosecutors introduced have been 4 ladies who testified that Ms. Maxwell had facilitated sexual contact or abuse by Mr. Epstein. One professional witness testified in regards to the strategies sexual predators usually use to choose targets and acclimate them to abuse, which psychologists who examine abuse name “grooming.”
Since the prosecution rested final Friday, the protection has revealed little about its plans, besides to say that its case would possible final not than 4 days. But throughout backwards and forwards between protection attorneys and prosecutors in entrance of the decide on Thursday morning earlier than jurors entered the courtroom Ms. Maxwell’s attorneys previewed a part of their case.
They stated they might name as a witness Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist who’s an professional on false, repressed and unreliable recollections. Ms. Loftus testified as a protection witness throughout the rape trial of the film producer Harvey Weinstein, saying that reminiscence adjustments over time.
During that trial she additionally testified that elements like stress and alcohol or medication can have an effect on an individual’s reminiscence. She stated main questions by investigators and intensive media protection on a topic “can cause a contamination and alteration in memory.”
She seems possible to provide related testimony in protection of Ms. Maxwell. Defense attorneys have already questioned the recollections of prosecution witnesses and have introduced up the truth that two of the ladies who testified about abuse by the hands of Mr. Epstein had a historical past of drug and alcohol use.
During a gap assertion a protection lawyer additionally instructed jurors that they might study that “not only have memories faded, but they have been contaminated by outside information, constant media reports and other influences.”