Maxwell accuser says Epstein took her to meet Trump when she was 14

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  • Jeffrey Epstein
    American financier
  • Ghislaine Maxwell
    Socialite
  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th President of the United States


The first accuser to take the stand in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial testified on Wednesday that Jeffrey Epstein took her to meet former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago when she was 14, CNN reported.

The first of four accusers, identified as "Jane," took the stand to testify about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Maxwell and Epstein and claimed that she met the future president in the 1990s.

She did not accuse the former president of any wrongdoing and did not elaborate on her reason for being at the Florida property.

When asked by Laura Menninger, Maxwell's defense attorney, if Epstein introduced her to Trump, Jane replied with a "yes."

Jane said Epstein drove her to Mar-a-Lago in a dark-green car, The Guardian reported.

Additionally, she testified that in 1998 she took part in a Miss Teen USA beauty pageant that was associated with Trump.

Trump did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

When Trump was previously asked about Maxwell's case while still president in 2020, he said, "I haven't really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly."

"I've met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach," he added. "But I wish her well, whatever it is."

In 2002, Trump told New York Magazine, "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy."

However, a book by a group of Miami Herald journalists claimed that Trump barred the disgraced financier from his private club in Palm Beach, Fla., years ago following an incident with another club member's teenage daughter.

Jane also remembered Prince Andrew being on a flight with her. She replied affirmatively when Menninger asked on Wednesday, "You remember Prince Andrew being on a flight with you?"

She previously testified that Maxwell was "most frequently in the room" when she had sexual contact with Epstein.

She said earlier in the trial that she met both Epstein and Maxwell at a Michigan summer camp in 1994. At the time, they allegedly told her that they gave scholarships to talented young students.

Maxwell and Epstein have been accused of "exploiting girls as young as 14, including by enticing them to travel and transporting them for the purpose of engaging in illegal sex acts" during the 1990s, according to a 2020 indictment.

Prosecutors opened arguments on the first day of the trial and said that both Epstein and Maxwell created a "pyramid scheme of abuse," NPR reported.

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