Witness in Maxwell case recalls seeing girls leave Jeffrey Epstein's mansion with hundred dollar bills

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  • Ghislaine Maxwell
    Ghislaine Maxwell
    Socialite
  • Jeffrey Epstein
    American financier
  • Kevin Maxwell
    British businessman
Witness 'Shawn' testifies as an image of Epstein is displayed during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
Witness 'Shawn' testifies as an image of Epstein is displayed during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

A former boyfriend of a teenager who claimed to have been groped by Ghislaine Maxwell has told a jury his former partner would come out of Jeffrey Epstein's house with 100-dollar bills.

The witness, testifying under the name Shawn to prevent the identification of Ms Maxwell accuser's "Carolyn", said he would drive the then 14-year-old to Epstein's house in Palm Beach, Florida, because she was "too young".

Shawn's testimony was given as multiple images of the defendant and Epstein were released, including two of Maxwell rubbing Epstein's toes.

The 59-year-old British socialite, is accused of luring young girls to massage rooms to be molested by the disgraced financier between 1994 and 2004.

On Tuesday, Carolyn testified to say she was paid around 300-400 US dollars after every massage she gave Epstein, and said all the encounters were sexual.

She accused Ms Maxwell of telling her she "had a great body for Epstein and his friends", before touching her breasts.

On Wednesday, Shawn said Carolyn told him about a woman named "Maxwell" and said the accuser "couldn't pronounce" her first name because she had the education of a child.

Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

10:38 PM

Five key things we heard today

Here are five key things we have learned on the eight of day of the trial against Ghislaine Maxwell.

  1. Never-before-seen photographs have shown Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein relaxing together at the Queen’s log cabin on her Balmoral estate in new evidence released in the trial.

  2. A former boyfriend of a teenager who claimed to have been groped by Ghislaine Maxwell said she would come out of Jeffrey Epstein's Florida mansion with 100-dollar bills.

  3. Maxwell knew Epstein four months before her father died. She has long said that she met Epstein after her father’s sudden death in 1991.

  4. Kevin Maxwell said that the welfare conditions faced by his sister had not improved. He has complained to the US attorney general about insufficient food and that she is shackled on her way to and from court. She is still hungry,” he told the Telegraph

  5. Prosecutors are expected to soon call the fourth woman identified in Maxwell's indictment to testify. They have said that they may wrap up their case by Thursday, about two weeks faster than they originally forecast.

10:21 PM

Maxwell knew Epstein four months before her father died

Personal flight logs kept by Mr Rodgers also showed that Ms Maxwell was a passenger on the second flight on Epstein’s newly acquired Hawker Siddeley 125 on July 26, 1991 from New Jersey to Palm Beach.

This shows that she knew the financier at least four months before her father, media mogul Robert died. She has long said that she met Epstein after her father’s sudden death in 1991.

Mr Rodgers said that aside from using Epstein’s jets, Ms Maxwell had a travel air card - implying that she had access to other private planes.

The prosecution revealed this week that they will rest their case early, by tomorrow or Friday. They had initially asked the judge to set aside three-four weeks.

09:52 PM

Testimony from Epstein pilot

On the eight day of the trial, which is set wrap up later this month, a second private pilot of Epstein’s entered the witness box on Wednesday and confirmed that the financier and Ms Maxwell were in a relationship.

“Early on they were romantically involved, but at some point during that period (1994-2004) they weren’t romantically involved,” said David Rodgers, who worked for Epstein for nearly 30 years.

Ghislaine Maxwell attends her trial as Epstein pilot David Rodgers testifies - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
Ghislaine Maxwell attends her trial as Epstein pilot David Rodgers testifies - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

The pilot said that he visited four Manhattan homes which Ms Maxwell owned over the years. In 1991 he said that she was living in a penthouse on 59th Street, which he described as “a very large residence.”

However, she moved out shortly after - at a time which coincided with her father’s death - and into a studio apartment on the upper east side of Manhattan.

Eventually she moved to a five-storey townhouse in the late 1990s, Mr Rodgers said.

Personal flight logs kept by Mr Rodgers also showed that Ms Maxwell was a passenger on the second flight on Epstein’s newly acquired Hawker Siddeley 125 on July 26, 1991 from New Jersey to Palm Beach.

This shows that she knew the financier at least four months before her father, media mogul Robert died. She has long said that she met Epstein after her father’s sudden death in 1991.

Mr Rodgers said that aside from using Epstein’s jets, Ms Maxwell had a travel air card - implying that she had access to other private planes.

08:48 PM

Maxwell's 58-page rule book for staff at Epstein's mansion revealed

Ghislaine Maxwell told staff to “see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing” in a painstakingly detailed household manual for employees at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion it emerged last week.

The 58-page document, written by the British socialite, tells employees to respond to compliments by saying they “enjoy doing it”, anticipate Ms Maxwell and Epstein’s needs, and never speak to guests at the financier’s sprawling six-bedroom home unless addressed first.

It also includes guidelines around how full tubes of toothpaste should be kept, what temperature the bathroom should be and where in the bedroom a gun should be stored.

“There were many, many, many rules,” said Juan Alessi, a 71-year-old former house manager who worked for Epstein for over 10 years, during his testimony for the prosecution as part of Ms Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial.

Read the rule book for yourselves down below:

07:48 PM

How did Ghislaine Maxwell amass her wealth?

In this report Josie Ensor and Jamie Johnson analyse how Ghislaine Maxwell amassed her wealth.

Following her father Robert’s death in 1991, Ghislaine Maxwelll moved to America, reportedly living off an annual income of £80,000 from a trust fund established by her fathe .

But as time passed her wealth rapidly grew - and with it the mystery surrounding where it all came from.

Earlier this year, she sold her Belgravia home for £1.75 million to help fund her expensive legal team.

Her five-story Manhattan townhouse was sold in 2016 for $15 million by a company that used the address of Epstein’s New York office.

And in 2020 Maxwell was arrested at a $1 million luxury four-bedroom New Hampshire house that was bought the year before in cash.

Prosecutors said she had been living on the 156-acre property, which was acquired in an all-cash purchase, "through a carefully anonymised LLC".

The couple appeared to have bank accounts linked to New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands, an infamous tax haven.

Bank statements shown for the first time detailed wire transfers of $18.3 million in 1999, $5 million in 2002 and $7.4 million in 2007, in evidence that offered an extraordinary insight into how the heiress financed her lavish lifestyle.

07:08 PM

'She is still hungry', says Ghislaine Maxwell's brother on socialite's condition

Last night Kevin Maxwell said that the welfare conditions faced by his sister had not improved.

He has complained to the US attorney general about insufficient food and that she is shackled on her way to and from court.

“She is still hungry,” he told the Telegraph

Last week Kevin confirmed to reporters he had submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations about her welfare since she was detained 500 days ago.

06:55 PM

Pendulum swings in favour of prosecution

The pendulum appears to have swung in favour of the prosecution in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial this week, writes Jamie Johnson in New York.

Kate, a British woman who says she was abused by Epstein in Ms Maxwell's London home was a calm and compelling witness, taking the court and the jury through the exact way she says she was befriended by the socialite when she was 17.

Then Carolyn, another accuser, took the stand and broke down as she recalled visiting Epstein's Palm Beach mansion at just 14 years old and giving him a sexualised massage.

She visited him more than 100 times and told how she was groped by Ms Maxwell.

The jury were captivated by her emotional testimony. Ms Maxwell looked visibly worried. Her brother Kevin had his head in his hands.

The prosecution has one more major witness to call - Annie Farmer, who says that she too was groomed by Ms Maxwell and abused by Epstein.

The prosecution is expected to rest tomorrow or Friday and has laid down a serious challenge to Ms Maxwell's defence team.

06:46 PM

Prosecutors expected to call up fourth accuser

Besides Carolyn, jurors have also heard from women known as Jane and Kate who said they were abused by Epstein as teens.

Prosecutors are expected as soon as Wednesday afternoon to call the fourth woman identified in Maxwell's indictment to begin testifying

Maxwell and Epstein pictured aboard his motorbike - AFP
Maxwell and Epstein pictured aboard his motorbike - AFP

06:12 PM

Lingerie packages sent to Maxwell accuser, witness says

Shawn's account of that first trip has largely matched up with the version provided by 'Carolyn' - the third accuser of Ghislaine Maxwell to take the stand.

Shawn said he drove Carolyn to Epstein's home every two weeks, and that Carolyn would leave with hundred dollar bills.

They would use the cash to buy drugs, Shawn said, echoing his former girlfriend's statement on the stand on Tuesday.

When a prosecutor asked him why Carolyn did not drive herself, Shawn replied, "She was too young."

Shawn also recalled that Carolyn once received a package of lingerie from a New York address around the time she was meeting with Epstein.

He said he also drove two other girls he was dating at the time, Amanda and Melissa, to Epstein's home.

Shawn said he never met Maxwell. He recalled Carolyn telling him about a woman named "Maxwell" whose first name she could not pronounce.

He said he sometimes received calls from Epstein employees seeking to schedule a massage appointment for Epstein with Carolyn, including from someone with an English accent who did not give their name.

05:26 PM

Epstein's massage room revealed

Photographs taken from hard drives and CDs during a FBI raid on Epstein’s home in New York have provided an insight into the depth of Maxwell's relationship with the billionaire paedophile.

One photo, shown to jurors on Tuesday depicts Epstein's infamous massage room, where several of his alleged victims claims they were sexually abused.

A massage table with white sheets sits in the middle of the room and oversized red curtains frame a large photo.

The massage room at Epstein's New York home - Us Department of Justice/PA
The massage room at Epstein's New York home - Us Department of Justice/PA

An FBI agent had testified in court that a staggering 20,000 images in total were extracted as part of their investigation.

Ms Maxwell’s three accusers have been asked to describe the massage rooms in Epstein’s New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and New Mexico homes, which they have done in detail.

In a set of photos shown last week to the court, a framed naked picture of Ms Maxwell could be seen in the bathroom of his Palm Beach mansion under a sketch portrait of her.

05:04 PM

Prosecutors may wrap up case by Thursday

Prosecutors are expected to soon call the fourth woman identified in Maxwell's indictment to testify.

They have said that they may wrap up their case by Thursday, about two weeks faster than they originally forecast.

The defence would have a chance to present a case after the prosecution rests. It is unclear whether Ms Maxwell would testify, given the prospect she could face a lengthy cross-examination by prosecutors.

Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Ghislaine Maxwell (centre) confers with her defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca, on the eighth day of her trial - Elizabeth Williams
Ghislaine Maxwell (centre) confers with her defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca, on the eighth day of her trial - Elizabeth Williams

04:41 PM

Why prosecutors are targeting the mystery of Maxwell’s extraordinary wealth

Josie Ensor and Jamie Johnson provide their account on why prosecutors are honing in on the mysterious source of Maxwell's millions.

Mystery has always surrounded the source of Ghislaine Maxwell’s vast wealth.

Even the heiress herself "cannot remember off the top of her head just how many millions of dollars she has", a court heard earlier this year.

In three transactions over the course of eight years, Jeffrey Epstein directly wired more than $30 million to the British socialite, the jury heard. She used at least $7 million to buy a helicopter.

Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Ms Maxwell was so close to Epstein that she must be complicit in his crimes. Lawyers told the jury on Monday that the vast sums of money she received from Epstein - still only a fraction of his estimated $630 million fortune - showed what an integral figure Ms Maxwell was in his life.

Others have gone further, and suggest Ms Maxwell was paid to groom underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse.

“So many have asked me: why would Ghislaine do it? Why would a woman bring girls to her boyfriend for him to sexually abuse?" asked Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for a number of Epstein’s victims.

“The prosecution theory is pretty simple: money. Shocking amounts of it. What a life she lived with Epstein's vast wealth. Here's but one small example,” she said, referring to the $18.5 transfer from Epstein to Ms Maxwell. Ms Bloom is not involved in the current trial.

Read the full story here

04:22 PM

Epstein seen relaxing in Queen's log cabin at Balmoral

Newly released photographs show Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein relaxing at the Queen’s log cabin on her Balmoral estate.

The photograph of the pair relaxing at the Queen's cabin were among a trove of pictures linking Ms Maxwell to the convicted sex offender by prosecutor in her sex trafficking trial.

Maxwell and Epstein pictured in the log cabin on the Balmoral Estate where the Queen would spend her time - US Department of Justice /PA
Maxwell and Epstein pictured in the log cabin on the Balmoral Estate where the Queen would spend her time - US Department of Justice /PA

It is unclear when the photograph was taken, although it has previously been reported that Ms Maxwell and Epstein were personally hosted at Balmoral by Prince Andrew in 1999.

In the photograph released this week, Ms Maxwell and Epstein are relaxing on a bench on the porch of the Queen's log cabin in Glen Beg.

Ms Maxwell can be seen leaning against Epstein, with her arm resting on his leg. Both of them are dressed casually.

One woman who formed part of the entourage previously claimed the prince personally welcomed the party to the castle in mid-1999.

Rozina Sabur has the full story here:

04:14 PM

Boyfriend of accuser 'Carolyn' takes the stand

Prosecutors at Ghislaine Maxwell's criminal trial have called to the witness stand a former boyfriend of a woman who said she was a teenager when the British socialite set her up for sexual abuse by late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The man, who identified himself as Shawn, testified that he had begun dating a woman, known only in court as Carolyn, in Florida when he was 17 and she was 14.

Witness 'Shawn' testifies as an image of Jeffrey Epstein is displayed during Maxwell's trial  - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
Witness 'Shawn' testifies as an image of Jeffrey Epstein is displayed during Maxwell's trial - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

Carolyn, now in her mid-30s, testified on Tuesday that she had sexual encounters with Epstein at his Palm Beach, Florida, mansion beginning when she was 14 in 2002.

She accused the British socialite of grooming her for abuse by the disgraced Epstein, recalling how he would touch her breasts and buttocks, and that the 'sexual' massages would end with Epstein performing a sex act on himself.

She told jurors she initially took her clothes off and left her underwear on, but that changed over time when she would massage Epstein fully nude.

"Something sexual happened every single time," Carolyn, who chose not to reveal her last name, told jurors in Manhattan federal court.

03:56 PM

Maxwell told me 'I had a great body' for Epstein, says accuser

The third accuser of Ms Maxwell to take the stand claimed she was groped by the British socialite when she was 14 years old.

The alleged victim, known only as Carolyn, told jurors on Tuesday that the British socialite "felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks" before commenting "I had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends."

Carolyn offered some of the most explicit descriptions so far at the New York trial of Ms Maxwell's alleged grooming of underage victims, who prosecutors say were lured into "a pyramid scheme of abuse."

Witness Carolyn answers question from defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca  - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
Witness Carolyn answers question from defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

At times choking up, she testified that she was a heavy drug user and middle school dropout when she was first taken to Epstein's estate in Palm Beach, Florida, by an older teenage friend, Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre.

They were greeted by Maxwell, who said "You can take her upstairs and show her what to do," Carolyn testified.

She said Giuffre and Epstein had sex while she watched. She added she was paid $300 in $100 bills at the end of the encounter.

"I was young and $300 was a lot of money to me," Carolyn said. After that, she became a regular at the estate, hired to perform sexualised massages.

03:36 PM

Who will be testifying today

As the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell enters its eight day, we are expecting the following witnesses to take the stand:

  1. Janine Gill - a records keeper at Donald Trump's Mar a Lago estate in Florida. She is predicted to bolster the evidence that Virginia Roberts’ father worked there at the time that Ms Maxwell first met Virginia.

  2. It is also likely we will hear from David Rodgers, another pilot for Jeffrey Epstein.

  3. During the evening we may also see Annie Farmer testify, the fourth and final accuser of Ms Maxwell to take the stand. She is the only one of the four accusers against Ms Maxwell to waive her anonymity.

03:12 PM

Reminder: What are the charges against Maxwell?

03:03 PM

Ghislaine Maxwell's sister Isabel and brother Kevin arrive at court

Ghislaine Maxwell's siblings, Kevin and Isabel Maxwell, have been pictured arriving at court.

Kevin Maxwell told reporters outside the New York courthouse last week that he had submitted a complaint to the United Nations over Ghislaine's treatment during her detention.

Kevin Maxwell said seeing his sister for the first time in 500 days gave him 'tremendous relief' - Seth Wenig/AP
Kevin Maxwell said seeing his sister for the first time in 500 days gave him 'tremendous relief' - Seth Wenig/AP

Isabel Maxwell, Ghislaine's sister, has been a constant figure of support in the courtroom since the start of the trial.

Isabel Maxwell, sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrives for the eight day of the trial - Seth Wenig/AP
Isabel Maxwell, sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrives for the eight day of the trial - Seth Wenig/AP

02:56 PM

Maxwell's defence seeks difficult balance in attacking accusers

As Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers cross-examine her accusers, they face the difficult task of casting doubt on their credibility without seeming too aggressive toward women who say they were abused, legal experts have said.

Prosecutors have accused the British socialite of recruiting young girls to be sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life aged 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019.

An advert for a massage therapist for Epstein's Florida Palm Beach estate unveiled to jurors on Tuesday - PA/US Department of Justice 
An advert for a massage therapist for Epstein's Florida Palm Beach estate unveiled to jurors on Tuesday - PA/US Department of Justice

Ms Maxwell's attorneys have already cross-examined three of the four women cited as victims in the indictment who are testifying at the trial.

They sought to undermine the witnesses' credibility by asking about inconsistencies in statements they made to law enforcement and, for two of the women, asking about past drug use.

Experts said that going after accusers aggressively could risk backfiring and alienating the jury, particularly as the #MeToo movement has brought more attention to issues of sexual abuse.

Daniel Hochheiser, a New York criminal defence attorney and former prosecutor, said: "Any good defence attorney would try to challenge the credibility of these young women, but in doing so you really have to walk a tightrope so that the jury doesn't hate you".

02:49 PM

Maxwell and Epstein were 'partners in crime', photos reveal

A giggling young Ghislaine Maxwell squeezes boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein’s foot on board a private jet as she looks teasingly at the camera, Josie Ensor reports.

The intimate shot of a couple appearing very much in love was shown to a New York jury in Ms Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial on Tuesday, as part of a collection of 19 never-before-seen photographs recovered from an FBI raid of Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in July 2019.

Another shot of Ms Maxwell getting up close and personal with Epstein  - PA/US Department of Justice
Another shot of Ms Maxwell getting up close and personal with Epstein - PA/US Department of Justice

They were presented by attorneys for the government, who tried on Tuesday to paint a picture for jurors of two individuals who were closer than close – "partners in crime".

Maxwell and Epstein on holiday - PA/US Department of Justice
Maxwell and Epstein on holiday - PA/US Department of Justice

Another picture showed Epstein's foot pressed up against Ms Maxwell's chest as she rubbed it. Much of the testimony of two of her accusers who have taken the stand so far has centred on massages, which prosecutors called a "ruse" to get girls to touch Epstein.

Prosecutors unveiled the photos to show Epstein and Maxwell as 'partners in crime' - PA/US Department of Justice
Prosecutors unveiled the photos to show Epstein and Maxwell as 'partners in crime' - PA/US Department of Justice
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