Ghislaine Maxwell's defense in disarray as witness plans fall apart

Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense is in disarray as one witness refuses to respond to a subpoena, another is pleading the fifth and a third is stuck in the UK

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s second day of defense got off to a rocky start Friday
  • One witness refused to respond to a subpoena, another said they would take the fifth and a third was not being called
  • Inoltre, Maxwell tried to have an 81-year-old pub owner from England try to fly over to bolster her case at the 11th hour
  • Judge Alison Nathan appeared exasperated that these issues were being raised at the last minute and said she did not want to delay the trial
  • Judge Nathan asked: ‘Why am I hearing about it for the first time now?’
  • Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger replied that Maxwell’s ‘life is on the lineand they were only being given one and a half days to mount their defense
  • Ghislaine Maxwell‘s second day of defense got off to a rocky start Friday when it emerged that one witness refused to respond to a subpoena, another said they would take the fifth and a third was not being called.

    Inoltre, Maxwell tried to have an 81-year-old pub owner from England try to fly over to bolster her case at the 11th hour.

    At Maxwell’s trial in New York, Judge Alison Nathan appeared exasperated that these issues were being raised at the last minute.

    The previous night Maxwell’s lawyers had said they planned to call three women named Eva, Kelly and Michellebut their plans fell apart before the jury were even brought in.

    Ghislaine Maxwell's second day of defense got off to a rocky start Friday

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s second day of defense got off to a rocky start Friday

    Defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim

    Defense attorney Laura Menninger

    Maxwell’s defense lawyer Bobbi Sternheim and Laura Menninger are seen arriving to court Friday morning. Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger said that Maxwell’s ‘life is on the lineand they were only being given one and a half days to mount their defense

    Defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca

    Defense attorney Christian Everdell

    Maxwell’s defense attorneys Jeffrey Pagliuca (sinistra) and Christian Everdell (giusto) are seen arriving to court Friday. One witness refused to respond to a subpoena, another said they would take the fifth and a third was not being called








    Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger told the court that the witness named Kelly had ‘refusedto respond to their subpoena which they had issued two-and-a-half weeks ago.

    She asked that the US Marshals force Kelly to attend the court, as is standard practice with witnesses who do not reply to a subpoena.

    Judge Nathan asked: ‘Why am I hearing about it for the first time now?’

    Menninger pleaded: ‘There’s been a lot going on. To be honest your honor, it’s a lot of work’.

    Judge Nathan told her: ‘A non responsive witness is not a little thing’.

    Menninger replied that Maxwell’s ‘life is on the lineand they were only being given one and a half days to mount their defense.

    Judge Nathan said that the defense could make an application for the US Marshals to get involved but said that she was not inclined to delay the trial.

    Christian Everdell, another of Maxwell’s lawyers, said that they planned to call the owner of the Nag’s Head pub in London, which was across the road from a house that Maxwell owned.

    Everdell said that the man knew the previous owners of Maxwell’s home and Maxwell and could verify that she didn’t live there until 1997 when she bought the place.

    Maxwell claims that the accuser known as Kate’s testimony that she was lured by Maxwell to her house before that time was wrong because she wasn’t living there then.

    Everdell said that it was a ‘critical issuebut the pub owner could not be there until Monday at the earliest.

    Kevin and Isabel Maxwell arrive for their sister's trial in Manhattan Federal court on Friday

    Kevin and Isabel Maxwell arrive for their sister’s trial in Manhattan Federal court on Friday

    Epstein appare con il braccio attorno a Ghislaine mentre risponde a una telefonata in questa foto di prova

    Epstein appare con il braccio attorno a Ghislaine mentre risponde a una telefonata in questa foto di prova

    Prosecutor Maurene Comey said that the defense had had an ‘extraordinary amount of timeto prepare for their case and that it was not appropriate to introduce a new witness at this stage.

    Judge Nathan was again unimpressed and said that she did not want to delay the trial.

    She said that ‘if this case closes today’, meaning Friday, then ‘it closes today’.

    Another problematic witness was one who was going to take the fifth, meaning she would refuse to comment if she appeared in court.

    Everdell told the court that the person’s lawyer had indicated that to them in a letter.

    Judge Nathan suggested to both side to agree to a stipulation to save the person turning up in court

    A British man named Alexander Hamilton had been due to give evidence for Maxwell via video link to claim that the accuser Kate told him that the Epstein case ‘fell into my lap’.

    Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said he would not be giving evidence any more and blamed technical issues.

    Jeffrey Epstein e Celina Midelfart a Mar-a-Lago a 1997

    Il pedofilo Epstein vedeva Celina Midelfart a metà degli anni '90 più o meno nello stesso periodo in cui usciva con altre donne, è stato affermato

    Midelfart in seguito è uscito con l'ex presidente Donald Trump ed è presumibilmente la donna che ha scaricato per stare con la sua eventuale terza moglie, Melania

    Midelfart in seguito è uscito con l'ex presidente Donald Trump ed è presumibilmente la donna che ha scaricato per stare con la sua eventuale terza moglie, Melania

    The defense kicked off on Thursday with its first witness, Cimberly Espinosa, 55, who worked at Epstein’s Madison Avenue office between 1996 e 2002, first as a legal assistant and then a month into her employment Maxwell asked her to be her executive assistant, a job she held until she left.

    Espinosa, wearing a black jacket, Ma le accuse su sua figlia erano una sfida ancora più difficile, described a parade of women visiting Epstein in his office, one of them being Celina Midelfart, a Norwegian heiress who also once dated Donald Trump

    Espinosa said that she remembered ordering some flowers for Midelfart on Epstein’s behalf during the early years of her employment in the 1990s.

    That was the time that Epstein was dating Maxwell as well, la corte ha sentito.

    Maxwell’s defense lawyer Christian Everdell asked: ‘Did you get the impression there was a romantic relationship?’ referring to Epstein and Midelfart.

    Espinosa said: ‘I felt like Jeffrey liked her…I felt they were a couple, erano insieme. A couple’.

    chiese Everdell: ‘Did this happen during or after the time when it appeared to you that Ghislaine was in a romantic relationship with Epstein?’

    Espinosa said: ‘It was at the very beginning of my employment…they could have been concurrent for a little bit of time’.

    Everdell asked if Maxwell knew that Espinosa was buying flowers for Midelfart.

    Despite being Maxwell’s executive assistant at the time, Espinosa said: 'No, she did not.

    Taking the witness stand Thursday morning was Cimberly Espinosa, 55, who worked at Epstein's Madison Avenue office between 1996 e 2002, first as a legal assistant and then a month into her employment Maxwell asked her to be her executive assistant, a job she held until she left

    Taking the witness stand Thursday morning was Cimberly Espinosa, 55, who worked at Epstein’s Madison Avenue office between 1996 e 2002, first as a legal assistant and then a month into her employment Maxwell asked her to be her executive assistant, a job she held until she left

    Asked how old the women visiting Epstein were, lei disse: ’18 and over. Young women.

    ‘We were together just about every day,’ lo ha detto alla corte a novembre.

    Among the women Espinosa saw was Shelley Lewis, who Espinosa said was ‘English’ – Lewis is said to have dated Epstein from 1999 per 2002. Another woman Espinosa recalled was Gwendolyn Beck.

    Espinosa said Maxwell, 59, was a demanding boss but that she learned a lot from her. ‘I highly respected Ghislaine,’ Espinosa said. ‘I looked up to her very much.

    Earlier Espinosa described how she thought that Epstein and Maxwell were ‘togetherwhen she first met them.

    Asked why she said it as the ‘way they interacted together, they were a little flirty…they behaved like a couple’.

    Espinosa said that she recalled that Maxwell dated computer millionaire Ted Waitt some time in the 2000s and was still with him when she applied for a job with Waitt some time before 2010 – she didn’t get it.

    Everdell asked Espinosa about Jane, the accuser who claims that Maxwell and Epstein recruited her at 14 and that he repeatedly raped and abused her.

    Espinosa said that the first time she met Jane she thought she was ‘probably 18and that she visited Epstien’s office around five times, usually with her mother.

    Espinosa said that Jane’s mother told her that she was Epstein’s goddaughter which meant she was ‘treated with utmost respectand that the women who worked in the office ‘considered her (Jane) family of Jeffrey’s’.

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    I pubblici ministeri dicono che Maxwell ha curato tre ragazze tra 1994 e 1997 per Epstein.

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    Maxwell, si presume, Trasporto di un minore con l'intento di esercitare un'attività sessuale criminale. Trasporto di un minore con l'intento di esercitare un'attività sessuale criminale, Trasporto di un minore con l'intento di esercitare un'attività sessuale criminale, è presunto.

    Trasporto di un minore con l'intento di esercitare un'attività sessuale criminale’ Trasporto di un minore con l'intento di esercitare un'attività sessuale criminale, i pubblici ministeri affermano che si è spogliata lei stessa di fronte alle ragazze e ha posto loro domande sessuali.

    Quindi non solo ha facilitato Epstein abusando di loro, dicono i pubblici ministeri, i pubblici ministeri affermano che si è spogliata lei stessa di fronte alle ragazze e ha posto loro domande sessuali.

    i pubblici ministeri affermano che si è spogliata lei stessa di fronte alle ragazze e ha posto loro domande sessuali.

    i pubblici ministeri affermano che si è spogliata lei stessa di fronte alle ragazze e ha posto loro domande sessuali’ i pubblici ministeri affermano che si è spogliata lei stessa di fronte alle ragazze e ha posto loro domande sessuali.

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