During Monday’s closing arguments in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, a federal prosecutor linked her directly to pedophile Epstein and told the jury she was “dangerous” and a “sophisticated predator” who knew what she was doing, according to the New York Post.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe said it was “time to hold [Maxwell] accountable” for helping Epstein molest underage girls. “She was a grown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids. She caused deep and lasting harm to young girls.”
“When you’re with someone for 11 years, you know what they like,” Moe said, referring to the partnership they established to carry out the abuses that allegedly occurred at Epstein’s New York home, a Palm Beach mansion, and a New Mexico ranch.
Maxwell is accused of conducting the psychological grooming of four young girls, who were minors at the time, during the 1990s and into the 2000s.
The socialite created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that became increasingly sexual. She was in charge of arranging the underage girls’ encounters with the pedophile and even participated in the sexual abuse.
In addition, the prosecutor argued that the British socialite’s motivations were financial, as Epstein had been transferring money into her account. “You don’t give someone $30 million unless they’re giving you exactly what you want,” Moe told the jury.
Meanwhile, Maxwell’s attorney, Laura Menninger, called her an “innocent woman” unaware of Epstein’s abuses and has become the scapegoat because he is gone.
“Ghislaine is being tried here for being with Jeffrey Epstein. Maybe it was the biggest mistake of her life, but it is not a crime.” She also claimed that their lawyers manipulated the accusers into naming Maxwell as one of their abusers to receive a compensatory payment. “Memories have been manipulated in aid of the money,” he said.
Maxwell’s defense also claimed she was just an “employee” of Epstein, but this argument was rejected by prosecutors, who described her instead as the “lady of the house.”
Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
The 59-year-old Maxwell, who has been under arrest since July 2020, could face up to 70 years in prison if convicted of six counts of sex trafficking, enticement of a minor, and other charges.