A second woman – who says that Ghislaine Maxwell prepared her to be abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein as a teenager– testified on Monday that the British socialite “He told me that I was one of his favorites” after one of his encounters with Epstein.
The woman, who is testifying under the pseudonym Kate, is the second of four victims named in a 2021 indictment who takes the stand in Maxwell’s sexual abuse trial in Manhattan federal court. The trial started last week and is expected to last until January.
Kate said she was 17 and struggling to make friends after moving to Britain from France when she met Maxwell for tea at his London home in 1994, meeting through a 35-year-old man she was dating.
Now, having already passed 40 years of age, Kate recounted how she was an aspiring musician and Maxwell offered to introduce her to her boyfriend, who could help her in her career.
“I left there feeling excited and like someone wanted to be my friend,” Kate said.
Because Kate was over the age of consent in Britain, United States District Judge Alison Nathan instructed the jury that any sexual encounter she described It was not “illegal sexual acts.”
Even so, Prosecutors could use Kate’s testimony to corroborate patterns in Epstein and Maxwell’s behavior that other witnesses describe, including that the way Maxwell adored adolescent girls was a means of “priming” them for Epstein’s abuse.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges, and their attorneys say the memories of the four women have been corrupted in the decades since the alleged encounters.
Kate said that upon returning home several weeks after having tea, Maxwell’s boyfriend Epstein at the time was there.
Said massaged Epstein’s feet at Maxwell’s request, and that Epstein was impressed by how strong he was. A couple of weeks later, Kate said Maxwell asked her to come back to the house and give Epstein a massage. When asked by a prosecutor if she was a masseur, Kate said no.
Kate said Maxwell took her to a massage parlor. Epstein was there, dressed in a bathrobe. Maxwell closed the door and Epstein had a sexual encounter with Kate. She said Maxwell saw her after the match ended.
“She said ‘you had fun, you’re a good girl, I’m so happy you could come'”Kate testified. “She seemed really pleased and I was really pleased that she was pleased.”
“Later, Maxwell told me to find someone to perform oral sex on EpsteinKate stated, and said Maxwell told her that the financier needed to have sex “three times a day.”
Kate said that after she turned 18, she went to see Maxwell and Epstein at Epstein’s house in Palm Beach, where she and Epstein had a sexual encounter at the pool house.
Maxwell “told me I was such a good girl and that I was one of his favorites.”
Maxwell’s attorneys have said their client is being prosecuted only because Epstein is no longer alive. The globetrotting investor committed suicide in 2019 at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting sex trafficking charges.
Last week, jurors heard from a woman known as Jane who said Epstein sexually abused her since 1994 when she was 14 years old. Maxwell sometimes participated in their encounters, which often began as massages before escalating, Jane said.
With information from Reuters
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