Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense attorneys on Monday portrayed her as a scapegoat staying accused mainly because of “the bad habits of gentlemen,” — a single in distinct — considering that prosecutors under no circumstances had a chance to put late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on demo.
Her attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, invoked the Bible at the get started of her opening assertion, arguing that gals have been condemned for crimes fully commited by men due to the fact the commencing of time.
“Ever due to the fact Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple,” claimed Sternheim. “Women have been blamed for the lousy habits of gentlemen.”
“Ghislaine is on trial here and you listened to about the conduct of Jeffrey Epstein. She is filling that hole. And filling an vacant chair,” stated Sternheim, adding that her customer was a “convenient stand-in” for the dead sex offender.
Sternheim also took aim at the 4 alleged victims in the case, claiming they had been taken advantage of by aggressive civil protection lawyers and, in some conditions, are seeking for a payday.
“Memory, manipulation and dollars,” Sternheim consistently told jurors would be lifted by protection attorneys as they seek out to sow question in the prosecution’s scenario.
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A single of the victims, Sternheim stated, was not released to Epstein by Maxwell, fairly by yet another accuser, Virginia Giuffre, and her claims hardly ever provided alleged crimes committed by Maxwell until eventually immediately after Epstein’s demise.
The cause her story switched, Sternheim mentioned, is simply because she was looking for income from an Epstein victims’ fund — and turned over info about Maxwell to prosecutors in an work to bolster that claim.
“In a lot of regards, he was like a 21st Century James Bond,” Sternheim stated about Epstein. “His thriller has stirred interest. His accusers have shaken the funds tree and hundreds of thousands of bucks have fallen their way.”
Protection attorneys will also poke holes in the prosecution by attempting to demonstrate two of the victims in the scenario were being above the age of consent when sexual contact involving them and Epstein took location, Sternheim stated.
A single of the victims, Sternheim mentioned, only satisfied Maxwell at the time when she was 16 many years outdated in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is earlier mentioned the age of consent in the point out.
One more one of the 4 victims was a lady who lived a “jetsetter” way of life ahead of she fulfilled Epstein and once dated a man additional than 2 times her age, who knew Maxwell from Oxford, Sternheim mentioned.
That victim, the lawyer ongoing, was over the age of consent in each position she fulfilled with Maxwell and Epstein.
Maxwell — who has been locked up since her July 2020 arrest — stands accused of supporting Epstein to “recruit, groom and eventually abuse” girls as youthful as 14, in accordance to the indictment towards her.
The 6 counts she faces — which includes sexual intercourse-trafficking of minors — stem from the allegations of 4 girls who say they have been abused by Epstein and Maxwell amongst 1994 and 2004 when they had been young adults.
Her demo in Manhattan federal court is established to resume on Tuesday morning.