In one of the more explosive days in the United States vs. Ghislaine Maxwell trial yet, we learned from witness testimony that many of the illicit sexual acts committed by Epstein and his cronies were photographed by Maxwell. It was also alleged in an FBI agent’s testimony Monday that the bureau found over 20,000 images during a raid of Maxwell’s mansion:
The day began with testimony from that same unnamed FBI agent in spillover from yesterday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey continues direct examination of the FBI witness about search of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.
AUSA Comey: Who do we see in this photograph?
FBI witness: Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
AUSA Maurene Comey: Now let’s turn to the [non-public] binder. What is it?
FBI witness: A photo from the investigation.
AUSA Comey: We offer it under seal.
Judge Nathan: It is sealed. After a brief cross-examination (you don’t know when the photos were taken, do you?)
Next US witness is Stephen Flatley, FBI “CART” coordinator, digital forensic examiner and Quantico instructor.
AUSA: What is this?
Flatley: A hard drive I examined in this case.
AUSA: What is the “registered organization” for this computer hard drive?
FBI’s Flatley: GMax.
AUSA: And this e-mail?
Flatley: From gmax1 [at] mindspring dot com. She says, I need to know what list John is using. No water in black Merc. No pens. Pool deck filthy
Flatley: GMax wrote, The massage creams in J.E.’s bathroom were a mess.
AUSA: We offer Exhibit 418 under seal.
Judge Nathan: Admitted under seal.
AUSA Pomerantz: And this document?
FBI’s Flatley: It’s by G-Max. It is about “massage lotion products.”
[For those asking, it’s dated Sept 7, 2002]
Now Flatley is reading notes about Ghislaine, written by… GMax, including “Jeffrey and Ghislaine really complement each other, they are great partners.” Also, “they are boyfriend and girlfriend unlike what some may think.”
AUSA Pomerantz: No further questions.
Now the defense’s cross-examination.
Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger: You don’t know if anything was changed in the course of the copying, do you?
FBI’s Flatley: I suppose I don’t.
Menninger: And could you find out if GMax was in the same place as the computer?
Judge Nathan: Members of the jury, we’ll take our mid-morning break.
The trial continues with testimony from one of four victims called to the stand, a woman by the name of “Carolyn.” Her name is not being released to the public. READ:
Assistant US Attorney: Carolyn, how far did you go in school?
Carolyn: Seventh grade. My mother was an alcoholic. I got introduced to Mr. Epstein to give him a massage. I said OK.
AUSA: How old were you?
Carolyn: Fourteen (14)
AUSA: Who greeted you?
Carolyn: Ms. Maxwell.
AUSA: What did she look like?
Carolyn: An older lady. With an English accent. I couldn’t pronounce her first name correctly so I called her Maxwell.
AUSA: How much money did you get?
Carolyn: $300, in hundreds.
AUSA: How much did Virginia Roberts [Giuffre] get?
Carolyn: I don’t know…. Maxwell asked me for my phone number.
AUSA: What would Maxwell ask you when she called?
Carolyn: If I’d be available when they flew in. They asked me to travel overseas. I said there was no way my mother would say OK.
AUSA: Did you tell Maxwell how old you were?
Carolyn: I told her I was fourteen.
Carolyn: Maxwell came in and felt my boobs. She told me that I had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends.
AUSA: How did that relate to your breast and hip size?
Carolyn: She said I had a great body.
[Witness sounds like she is about to cry.]
AUSA: When you were naked, who would come in the room?
Carolyn: Mr. Epstein. First I would massage him. He would ask about my upbringing.
AUSA: Would Ms. Maxwell ever pay you?
Carolyn: Yes. She handed me three one hundred dollar bills.
Carolyn: Maxwell said Jeffrey wanted my address. I got sent lingerie, concert tickets and a book called “Massage for Dummies.”
AUSA: Did you bring friends to Jeffrey Epstein’s house?
Carolyn: Amanda Laslow, one year older than me.
Carolyn: Also Tatum and Julie… He asked me to bring younger people. I told him I don’t hang out with younger people but there were some people I could ask. When I bought them I got paid $600 and she got paid $300.
AUSA: What did they do?
Carolyn: Sex and oral sex.
In this section of testimony, Carolyn Doe confirms that Epstein/Maxwell’s abuse was based entirely on young age:
AUSA: What did you do with the money they paid you?
Carolyn: I was buying drugs.
[Now, witness is sobbing.]
AUSA: You need to say it into the microphone.
AUSA: Then what major event?
Carolyn: I had a baby.
AUSA: Did you go back to Jeffrey Epstein’s house?
Carolyn: Yes. I had gone there while I was pregnant —
AUSA: I’m asking about after you had the baby.
Carolyn: I needed the money. But I realized I was too old.
AUSA: Did you later pawn an Xbox that wasn’t yours?
Carolyn: I did. I did jail time. Then I did drug treatment and therapy. I take methadone and Xanax. And two others… I am constantly afraid of my children being trafficked.
AUSA: Are you in touch with the father, Sean?
Carolyn: No, not since the Xbox pawn shop thing.
AUSA: Have you worked for an escort service and had sex with men for money?
AUSA: What did Maxwell do it you?
Carolyn: She took pictures of me nude, and the stuff with Epstein.
AUSA: Who decided who you would sue?
Maxwell’s lawyer: Objection!
Judge Nathan: Sustained. [To Carolyn, who was speaking] Don’t answer, when I say Sustained.
And now, cross examination by Maxwell’s lawyer Jeffrey Pagliuca.
Pag: Sean was a friend of Virginia Roberts’ boyfriend Tony, right? And you all smoked marijuana together and drank alcohol?
Carolyn: We didn’t drink any alcohol.
Pagliuca: Virginia Roberts told you you could make $300?
Pag: When Roberts approached you about making this $500, Maxwell was not there, correct?
Carolyn: It was me & Virginia.
Pag: Maxwell was not involved in the conversation, right?
Alert: Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer Jeff Pagliuca just said the last name of this witness. Inner City Press caught it in time and is not tweeting. But AUSA Comey said nothing, nor did the Court.
Judge Nathan: We’ll break here.
It was a short but full day today, and we will keep you updated on the rest as more information and testimony come to light during the rest of the week. It is worth noting that the U.S. is now looking to rest its case in two weeks rather than the original timeline of five weeks. This is a development to watch.
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