British woman is identified as ‘participant in abuse’ during Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Witness ‘Jane’ confirms ‘nice and cool’ female was involved in group sex at Epstein’s Florida mansion
The woman was in Ghislaine Maxwell‘s trial by a witness testifying under the pseudonym Jane.
Jane, who says that she was abused by Maxwell and Epstein from the age of 14 and forced to take part in a series of ‘sexualised massages’ involving adults, identified a British woman as one of the participants.
Laura Menninger, Maxwell’s lawyer, asked Jane about the woman: ‘You said she was British and that she was nice and cool. She was involved in the group massages with you? She was involved with the sexual contact?’
‘Yes,’ the witness replied.
She went on to describe at least four other women who participated in the massages as ‘tall’, ‘thin’ and said she believed they were models.
Defense lawyer Laura Menninger questions witness ‘Jane’ during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell
Jane, who says that she was abused by Maxwell and Epstein from the age of 14 and forced to take part in a series of ‘sexualised massages’ involving adults at Epstein’s Florida mansion, identified a British woman as one of the participants
Jane is the first of four accusers to give evidence at the trial of Maxwell, who is accused of being Epstein’s ‘madam’ and aiding in his abuse of minors between 1994 and 2004
One of the other women to take part was named Sophie, and Jane agreed with the defense that she ‘knew the routine’ and that she would ‘make out with other girls during the intercourse.’
Another woman who participated in the orgies was named ‘Eva’ and asked if she ‘knew the routine’ as well, Jane said: ‘Yes.’
One woman was named ‘Michelle’ and Jane confirmed that she was also ‘involved in the sexualized contact’, while a fifth was older and named Kelly with Jane saying she ‘thought she was a model.’
Jane is the first of four accusers to give evidence at the trial of Maxwell, who is accused of being Epstein’s ‘madam’ and aiding in his abuse of minors between 1994 and 2004. She has pleaded not guilty.
During the latest court showdown, Menninger said that Jane continued to call Epstein after she moved to Los Angeles and sent him a photo when she was 19 which said: ‘You rock my world.’
Jane said that her mother had made her send it.
The defense lawyer also asked: ‘You continued to travel on Mr. Epstein’s dime after you ‘escaped’ from him in 1999, that’s right?’
Jane replied: ‘That’s not true.’
At one point Jane became extremely emotional and had to pause her testimony after being asked questions by the prosecution.
Prosecutor Alison Moe asked her about the money Jane got from the Jeffrey Epstein victims compensation fund. She said: ‘Would you give that money back if it meant you weren’t abused as a kid?’
After an objection from the defense Jane did not answer but began to cry and needed a tissue to stop her tears.
She eventually said: ‘I wish I had never received that money in the first place because of what happened.’
At one point Wednesday, Jane became extremely emotional and had to pause her testimony after being asked questions by the prosecution
Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger said that Jane continued to call Epstein after she moved to Los Angeles
She said the money would help her to bring ‘closure’ to the episode for her and that she wanted to ‘fix myself’ and ‘move on with my life’.
Maxwell’s brother Kevin was in court for the first time and sat next to a family lawyer, with Isabel Maxwell on the other side.
Speaking outside court after the trial wrapped for the day, Kevin said he was ‘pleased’ to be there.
He said: ‘It gave me tremendous relief to be close to her and to actually see her in the flesh, to talk to her. That’s the first time I have spoken to her personally in over 500 days’.
Ian Maxwell added that his sister was looking ‘pretty well notwithstanding the conditions of detention,’ which his family recently lodged a complaint with the UN about.
He added that he would not comment on the case out of ‘respect for the justice system’.
Earlier in the day, Maxwell’s lawyer asked if Epstein introduced her to Donald Trump. Jane said that was ‘correct.’
Menninger asked: ‘He took you to Mar-a-Lago, right? When you were 14?’
Jane said: ‘Yes.’
Menninger asked: ‘He took you in a dark green car?’ Jane said yes. The meeting would have been in 1994, long before Trump was president.
Menninger questioned if Jane remembered being on flights on Epstein’s planes with a ‘number of individuals’ and she said yes, one of them being Prince Andrew.
However, Jane claimed that she was never directed to have sex with any of Epstein’s associates nor was she asked to recruit other girls.