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Ghislaine Maxwell isn’t Jeffrey Epstein, defence tells jury in sex abuse trial

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Ghislaine Maxwell is a lot of things: an Oxford University graduate, a helicopter pilot, and a student of numerous languages. What she isn’t is Jeffrey Epstein, her lawyer told a jury on Monday.
Ghislaine Maxwell is a lot of things: an Oxford University graduate, a helicopter pilot, and a student of numerous languages. What she isn’t is Jeffrey Epstein, her lawyer told a jury on Monday. » She is filling that hole and filling an empty chair,» attorney Bobbi Sternheim said. «She is a brand name, she is a lightning rod, she is a convenient stand-in for the man who cannot be here.» Maxwell’s lawyers have long contended that she’s being scapegoated for Epstein’s crimes, and Sternheim hit that point hard in the opening statement she delivered for the defence in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutor Lara Pomerantz meanwhile argued that Maxwell and Epstein, her ex-boyfriend, were «partners in crime» and described in graphic detail how the British socialite lured girls as young as 14 into the financier’s luxurious world, where they were subject to sexual abuse.

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