By TOM HAYS
NEW YORK (AP) — A British woman testified Monday that Ghislaine Maxwell pressured her into providing Jeffrey Epstein sexual massages when she was nonetheless a teenager, assuring her she would have “fun” with him.
The lady — testifying at Maxwell’s sex-abuse trial in New York Metropolis making use of the pseudonym “Kate” to secure her privateness — explained 1 episode in the course of the mid-1990s at Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida estate in which Maxwell remaining out a schoolgirl’s outfit with a pleated skirt for her to don for the financier.
“I believed it would be enjoyment for you to get Jeffrey his tea in this outfit,” the witness recalled Maxwell telling her.
Right after a sexual experience that adopted, the British socialite “asked me if I had fun” and instructed her, “You are these kinds of a superior female,” she mentioned.
The witness was the second woman to take the witness stand in opposition to Maxwell in federal court in Manhattan. But contrary to the to start with, she was at the age of consent in Terrific Britain and the United States in the course of her sexual get in touch with with Epstein, so the choose barred her from detailing particular intercourse functions.
Maxwell, 59, has denied prices she groomed women as young as 14 for Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019. Her lawyers say the govt is building her a scapegoat for Epstein’s alleged sexual intercourse crimes.
The female who testified on Monday claimed she met Maxwell at age 17 through a buddy of hers she experienced dated on and off, and was eager to be good friends with the British socialite. Maxwell explained to her Epstein, then her boyfriend, was a philanthropist who could aid her with her singing job, she mentioned.
Maxwell also explained to her that Epstein was “demanding” when it arrived to sexual massages, expressing it was “very difficult to preserve up” with his needs, the witness said. Following agreeing to give him massages in London, she was later flown on professional flights to Florida, the place she reported the interactions ongoing when she was 18.
She recalled that the initially time she saw Epstein naked, Maxwell was standing ideal following to him. “I try to remember it so clearly for the reason that I was terrified and frozen,” she said.
By contrast, Maxwell’s demeanor was “almost like a…