A defiant Ghislaine Maxwell mentioned Friday that prosecutors had failed to show her responsible of intercourse crimes, as her protection wound up in a trial that heard lurid claims she groomed minors for abuse by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, in accordance to AFP.
The trial started days after an image of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell enjoyable at Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral residence have been proven to a US court docket.
According to BBC, the undated picture is believed to have been taken in 1999, when Prince Andrew reportedly invited the couple to keep at the Scottish property.
Speaking for the primary time since her sensational trial opened late final month, the 59-year-old British socialite addressed the New York court docket solely to say she wouldn’t be testifying.
“Your honor, the government has not proven its case beyond reasonable doubt so there is no need for me to testify,” Maxwell, carrying a black turtle neck and matching face masks, informed decide Alison Nathan.
The protection rested its case at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) after lower than two days of testimony after it struggled to put witnesses on the stand.
The daughter of former newspaper baron Robert Maxwell faces an efficient life sentence if convicted by the jury of six counts of attractive and transporting minors for intercourse along with her long-time companion Epstein.
Closing arguments and rebuttal are scheduled for Monday. The decide will then instruct the jury how to take into account the fees earlier than it retires to take into account its verdict.
The trial, which started on November 29, had been scheduled to final six weeks however Maxwell could effectively be taught her destiny earlier than Christmas Day, her sixtieth birthday.
The prosecution wound up on Friday final week, after taking simply 10 days to query its witnesses.
They sought to painting Maxwell as Epstein´s partner-in-crime, recruiting younger ladies to be sexually exploited by the American money-manager, who killed himself in jail two years in the past whereas awaiting his personal trial.
Two ladies mentioned they have been as younger as 14 when Maxwell allegedly started grooming them and arranging for them to give massages to Epstein that resulted in sexual exercise.
One, recognized solely as “Jane,” detailed how Maxwell recruited her at summer time camp and made her really feel “special.” She mentioned sexual encounters with Epstein turned routine, with Maxwell typically current.
Another, going by “Carolyn,” mentioned she was often paid $300 after sexual encounters with Epstein, typically by Maxwell herself.
The alleged crimes occurred between 1994 and 2004.