Ghislaine Maxwell trial LIVE – Jeffrey Epstein ‘Madam’ latest news and updates as witness list cut before verdict

PROSECUTORS in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial cut the witness list before resting their case on Thursday, nearly a month earlier than expected.

Witnesses that took the stand included four of Maxwell's accusers as well two of Jeffrey Epstein's former pilots and a Mar-A-Lago staffer.

As they made their case, the prosecution showed the jury pictures of Maxwell giving Jeffrey Epstein a foot massage and a photo of the duo lounging in the Queen's cabin at Balmoral.

On Tuesday they revealed details of a cache of photographs and documents that were found during a raid on Epstein's Palm Beach mansion.

Among them was a picture of Maxwell and Epstein kissing, and another of Maxwell in the nude.

Maxwell's trial has been told she and Epstein had been in a relationship but remained "the best of friends" after they split, and prosecutors described Maxwell and convicted sex offender Epstein as being “partners in crime” in the abuse of girls.

Maxwell is being charged with several felony counts, some of which include human trafficking charges.

She has denied all charges against her, and her lawyers argue she is being made a "scapegoat" for Epstein's crimes.

They have painted the alleged victims as in it for the cash.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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    Nude picture of Maxwell shown

    Police photos showing what appears to be framed nude picture of Ghislaine Maxwell were shown to the jury at her sex trafficking trial.

    Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Palm Beach mansion as part of the case.

    Photos include images of a room in the property with a desk which appears to have a nude photo of Ghislaine sitting on it.

    It appears to be a now-famous photo of her lying on a beach, and above it there is a framed portrait of her hanging on the wall.

    The photo of her lying nude on a beach has been widely reported on after it was previously revealed to have been found at the mansion

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    Word doc says Maxwell was ‘best friends’ with Epstein

    FBI agents found a Word document, created by using the name ‘gmax’, which has been linked to Maxwell, that described the defendant’s relationship with Epstein.

    It read: “Jeffrey and Ghislaine have been together, a couple, for the last 11 years.

    “They are, contrary to what many people think, rarely apart. I almost always see them together.”

    It continued: “Ghislaine is highly intelligent and great company with a ready smile and an infectious laugh, will always put one at one’s ease and always makes one feel welcome.

    “Jeffrey and Ghislaine share many mutual interests and they have a lot of fun together. Jeffrey and Ghislaine compliment each other really well and I can’t imagine one without the other.

    “On top of being partners, they are also the best of friends.”

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    Documents found during police raid

    Prosecutors have detailed a cache of documents that were seized from Epstein’s New York mansion during a raid in 2019.

    A large safe containing binders of CDs, cash, computer hard drives, diamonds and passports was found.

    FBI agents left the house to obtain a warrant for the safe, but when they returned four days later everything from the safe was gone.

    The items were later returned in two suitcases by one of Epstein’s lawyers and the safe was later found buried in a closet.

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    Maxwell's brother claims she's being 'tortured'

    Kevin alleged in an interview with GMB that "what we're seeing and witnessing on a daily basis is not care, it's abuse."

    "She got fed a pack of crisps all day today. I consider this regime imposed on anyone, consecutively for 524 days, is abuse and is torture," he claimed.

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    Maxwell on the allegations

    The British socialite has repeatedly denied any involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes.

    Her spokesperson said “the allegations made against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue” and she “strongly denies allegations of an unsavoury nature, which have appeared in the British press and elsewhere, and reserves her right to seek redress at the repetition of such old defamatory claims”.

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    The prosecution has rested its case

    Prosecutors in the case against Gislaine Maxwell rested their case on Thursday, after more than 20 witnesses took the stand over ten days.

    The trial was expected to last six weeks but the prosecution moved quicker than expected.

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    How long could Maxwell face in prison?

    If convicted on all counts, Maxwell could face up to 80 years in prison.

    Depending on how the trial goes and whether she is convicted, she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.

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    Maxwell's introduction to Paris Hilton

    Christopher Mason claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly stopped in her tracks and said "oh my God" when she saw Paris Hilton, then 19 years old, at a party in the early 2000s.

    Maxwell saw the young socialite at a party and was stunned by her good looks, prompting her to tell a friend Hilton would be "perfect for Jeffrey," according to the Daily Mail.

    Mason recalled the moment in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.

    "A friend of mine was at a party and Ghislaine said, ''Oh my god, who is that?'' and was looking at this pretty, younger teenage girl," he said.

    "She said: ''Do you know her?''

    "My friend said: ''Yeah, she’s called Paris Hilton'' and Ghislaine said: ''Ohhhh she’d be perfect for Jeffrey. Can you introduce us?''"

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    Maxwell called Epstein "thoughtful, kind, generous"

    In 1992, Maxwell had a romantic relationship with American financier Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him up until his death on August 10 of 2019.

    After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a "kind generous loving man".

    She stated he had a "keen sense of humor and ready smile" as she tried to get charges against him dropped in Palm Beach.

    Ghislaine is quoted as saying in a document obtained by The Sun: "My experience of Jeffrey, is of a thoughtful, kind generous loving man, with a keen sense of humor and a ready smile – a man of principles and values and a man of his word."

    Maxwell is accused of luring children into the clutches of her former boyfriend and even taking part in some of the abuse – claims she strongly denies.

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    Prince Andrew braces for hearing

    Prince Andrew has ordered his legal team to cancel their Christmas plans so they can focus on his sexual assault case, royal sources have claimed.

    The Duke of York is said to have told the US team they must leave “no stone unturned” ahead of his hearing due to take place on January 4.

    Andrew strongly denies Jeffrey Epstein sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims that the royal abused her three times when she was under 18. 

    And sources close to him now say the Duke is “totally consumed” by the legal battle and has been staying up late in the night to talk constantly with lawyers in California.

    They told The Mirror: “The tension in the camp is palpable.

    "No one is really sure what Andrew’s involvement is other than asking a lot of questions, but he spends his days and nights poring over documents.

    “He is totally consumed by it, keeping most irregular working hours so he can be in contact with his team."

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    New photos emerge from trial

    A new photograph shows Epstein and Maxwell lounging on a bench on the deck of a log cabin on the grounds of the royal home.

    The never-before-seen image shows the pair at Her Majesty's Scottish home, where it has been reported Prince Andrew hosted multi-millionaire paedophile Epstein in 1999.

    According to reports, Prince Andrew hosted Epstein's entourage, including a model in her 20s.

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    Virginia Giuffre's shock surrogacy claims

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was recruited into Epstein's sex trafficking ring by Maxwell when she was just a teen, said the two pressured her to help the couple deliver a baby.

    New unsealed documents detail the alleged abuse, including Giuffre's allegations.

    By the time she turned 18, Giuffre claims Epstein lost interest in her.

    That's when Epstein allegedly asked Giuffre to be the couple's surrogate.

    She claims to have been offered a mansion in return for the baby, which would've been raised by Maxwell.

    Giuffre was able to escape instead of having to bear the child, ultimately fleeing to Australia where she now lives with her husband and children.

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    When was Ghislaine Maxwell arrested?

    Maxwell was arrested suddenly in July 2020 and has been held in prison ever since as she was deemed a flight risk.

    She has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in recruiting and grooming four teenagers for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

    Her attorneys say she is being scapegoated because Epstein is no longer alive.

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    Farmer believed she would receive tuition support

    Farmer said she believed Epstein would help her pay for her college education, and expected other students to be at the ranch – which there wasn't.

    While at the ranch, Maxwell offered to give Farmer a massage, Farmer testified.

    Farmer, now 42, agreed to receive the massage and got undressed, she said. Maxwell touched her breasts during the massage, Farmer said.

    "Once she pulled down the sheet I felt kind of frozen," Farmer said.

    Later on during the trip, Farmer said Epstein came into her room and climbed into bed with her.

    "Suddenly Epstein kind of opened my door, bounding into the room in a playful way, saying that he wanted to cuddle," Farmer said, adding that Epstein "pressed his body into me."

    She said she became uncomfortable and said she had to use the bathroom, which she described as an "excuse" to get away from Epstein.

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    Annie Farmer testifies in court

    Testifying at Maxwell's ongoing sex trafficking and abuse trial in New York, Annie Farmer says she met the disgraced financier and his alleged madam at just 16.

    Farmer – the only accuser taking to the stand under her real name – says Maxwell, 59, tried to coax her into a sexual encounter when she was a teen, alleging the pair plied her with gifts.

    She testified that Epstein took her to see the cinema with her older sister Maria – who was working for him at the time in New York – and during the film the multi-millionaire paedophile "caressed" her hand and then her leg.

    "I felt sick to my stomach. It wasn't something that I was at all expecting," she told the court. 

    She claimed that age of 16, she visited Epstein at his New Mexico ranch in the spring of 1996, where she met Maxwell for the first time.

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    Buckingham Palace denies Prince Andrew allegations

    Buckingham Palace denied the allegation in 2015 saying “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Duke was “categorically untrue”.

    “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.

    “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

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    Accusations against Ghislaine Maxwell

    Maxwell is accused of acting as a “madam” for Jeffrey Epstein, US court documents previously revealed.

    Prosecutors allege she had a history of giving powerful men access to women.

    A defamation case involving Virginia Giuffre claims Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and that she was recruited by Maxwell in 1999 where she was introduced to Epstein.

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    Cache of photos shows abuse ‘victims’

    On Tuesday, photos were released which are part of a cache seized from Epstein’s New York mansion around the time time he was arrested on sex abuse charges in 2019.

    The cache of digital photographs found on CDs also includes images of two of Maxwell’s accusers.

    They are depicted in various states of undress, prosecutors have said.

    The photographs also show several areas of Epstein’s eight-storey mansion, including the massage room where he allegedly sexually abused girls.

    Prosecutors have said the multi-millionaire financier’s abuse of teenage victims began as massages before escalating, with the term used as a ruse to get girls to touch him.

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    Prosecutors released more than 60 photos

    As part of the case, prosecutors have released more than 60 photos from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

    Some of the pictures shown to the jury include Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein kissing, and one that appears to be a nude photo of Maxwell.

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    Pilot claims Trump flew with Epstein

    Lawrence Visoski, Epstein’s former pilot who testified for the prosecution, was asked during cross examination about passengers aboard Epstein’s Gulf Stream plane.

    He confirmed former President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton had all flown on it. – along with other big names like Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

    He told the court he never saw any sexual activity on the flight, or any underage girls without their parents.

    “I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him,” the pilot told the trial.

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    Defense accused alleged victim of lying for cash

    Maxwell has previously claimed that one alleged victim, Annie Farmer, fabricated her accusations because she wanted money.

    One of Maxwell’s lawyers wrote: “The fact that plaintiff seeks money from the estate and from Ms Maxwell in the millions of dollars at the same time she is a government witness in an upcoming criminal trial on the same topic is reason enough to suspect that her newly asserted memories of abuse without corroboration are not based on the truth or a desire for ‘justice,’ so much as her desire for cash.”

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    Maxwell’s complaints in prison

    Accompanied by her repeated bail requests were complaints about alleged horrific living conditions at the New York prison she is being held at.

    Maxwell alleged that she had been given moldy salads, and that the prison cells are not hygienic, with smelly toilets.

    A judge denied her bail requests, citing Maxwell as a “flight risk.”

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    How long will the trial take?

    The trial was set to take six weeks. However, it has been reported that the prosecution is moving quicker than it expected.

    Maxwell has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in connection to her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

    She has pled not guilty to the charges, and was denied bail several times.

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    Celebrities connected to Epstein and Maxwell

    Notable politicians, billionaires, and celebrities have been connected to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwelll.

    Some of them include Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, and Woody Allen.

    Prince Andrew has been accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre. A judge dismissed criminal charges in 2015, but Giufffre is pursuing a sexual assault lawsuit.

    The case is scheduled to go on well into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.

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    Who is Virginia Giuffre?

    Virginia Giuffre is 38-years-old and from Sacramento, California.

    She is married to Robert Giuffre and has three children.

    She is known for being a public victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, and has allegedly been trafficked to Prince Andrew.

    Giuffre is an advocate of justice for sex trafficking survivors, and she created a non-profit organization called Victims Refuse Silence, which is based in the US.

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