One of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers testified Tuesday that she was just 14 years old when the British socialite had her undress, fondled her and told her she had a “great body” that financier Jeffrey Epstein would enjoy.
The woman, who was identified only by her first name, Carolyn, was the third witness to testify at the sex trafficking trial about being sexually abused by Epstein in encounters facilitated by Maxwell, his one-time girlfriend and, later, employee.
Carolyn offered some of the most explicit descriptions so far at the New York trial of Maxwell’s alleged grooming of underage victims, who prosecutors say were lured into “a pyramid scheme of abuse.”
Carolyn became emotional during her testimony and confirmed she used to be a frequent drug user. She said she was first taken to by her friend Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre. They were greeted by Maxwell, who said, “You can take her upstairs and show her what to do,” Carolyn testified.
She said Giuffre and Epstein had sex while she watched. She added she was paid $300 in $100 bills at the end of the encounter. “I was young and $300 was a lot of money to me,” Carolyn said. Maxwell knew she was only 14 at the time, but that didn’t deter her, Carolyn testified.
She told jurors that during one encounter in Epstein’s massage room in the early 2000s, Maxwell “felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks and she said I had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends.”
Maxwell, 59, has denied charges she groomed underage girls for Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019. Her lawyers say the government is making her a scapegoat for Epstein’s sex crimes.
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