Prosecution rests in Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial

Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. File Photo by Rick Bajornas

Dec. 10 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors rested their case Friday in the trial of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s facing sex-trafficking charges for allegedly helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.

The decision to rest came after 10 days of testimony in which prosecutors questioned multiple women who accused Maxwell of serving as an intermediary between them and Epstein. The court heard testimony from the last of the four accusers Friday — Annie Farmer.

Farmer, 42, testified she first met Epstein when she was 16 years old. Her sister had been working for him and he offered to help Farmer get into college. She said he took the two sisters to a movie in New York and “caressed” her hand and “rubbed” her leg, the BBC reported.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” Farmer said. “It wasn’t something that I was at all expecting.”

“I felt very uncomfortable. I wanted to stop.”

Defense lawyers said Farmer’s description of events was unreliable because she couldn’t produce any evidence of what happened, The New York Times reported.

Maxwell, 59, is expected to testify in her defense next week.

She pleaded not guilty to charges she procured underage girls for Epstein, her former boyfriend. She faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Epstein died in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on similar charges.


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