Ghislaine Maxwell’s first accuser known as ‘Jane’ took the stand Tuesday to testify that she was 14 years old when she first had ‘sexual contact’ with Jeffrey Epstein.
Tuesday afternoon, the woman, using the pseudonym Jane, said Ghislaine Maxwell was in the room during the alleged abuse. Wearing a gray wrap-around sweater, a black dress, and black boots, she pushed back her jet-black hair and took off her mask after the judge reassured her that the sketch artists could not draw her likeness.
She detailed to Prosecutor Alison Moe how Jeffrey Epstein would have her ‘straddle his face’, ‘pinch his nipples’ and described the first sexual encounter that took place in 1994 when he took her into a pool house and ‘proceeded to masturbate on me.’
Jane said Epstein was talking to her about ‘what I wanted to do’ with her life and said that she had to choose between being an opera singer or an actress or a model. She recalled: ‘He said I know everybody, I know agents, photographers, I can make things happen but you have to be ready for it.
‘The conversation ended abruptly, we were in his office, and he said follow me’.
They went outside to the pool house and Epstein sat on a couch to the right-hand side.
‘He pulled his pants down, he pulled me on top of himself and he proceeded to masturbate on me. Then he just got up and went into the bathroom and cleaned himself up and acted as if nothing had happened.’ she said.
‘I was frozen in fear. I had never seen a penis before let alone something like this. I was terrified and I felt gross. I felt ashamed’.
Despite this, she continued spending time with Epstein and Maxwell, and shortly after, she had her first sexual encounter with Maxwell.
Epstein and Maxwell were talking when ‘all of a sudden they said follow me’ and led her to Epstein’s bedroom in his Palm Beach home.
‘They came into the bedroom and took their clothes off. They started sort of fondling each other and kind of casually giggling,’ Jane said. ‘I was just standing there and he asked me to take my top off and then their hands [were] everywhere and Jeffrey proceeded to masturbate and Ghislaine was rubbing him and kissing him and fondling.’
Jane said Maxwell was ‘very casual’ about the encounter and acted ‘like this was entirely normal. I was confused. When you are 14 you have no idea what is going on.’
The prosecutor asked, ‘Did Maxwell touch your body?’
‘Yes,’ Jane replied, saying the sexual abuse happened ‘every time I visited his house’.
When asked if Epstein touched her, Jane replied, ‘Yes. Everywhere.’
The woman spoke in a strong, deep, voice that only faltered when she was describing in graphic detail the sex acts Epstein and Maxwell allegedly did to her.
Maxwell did not appear to react to any of the woman’s testimony, including when Jane pointed her out in court to identify her.
As her visits to Epstein’s home became more regular, Jane said that both Epstein and Maxwell would instruct her on how to massage him.
Jane said: ‘He liked it very hard, like rubbing his shoulders very hard, twisting his nipples hard’.
Jane would later say that Epstein liked her to twist his nipples when he came.
Asked what Maxwell’s demeanor was like during this, Jane said: ‘It seemed very casual, it was very normal. It’s not a big deal’.
Jane said it made her feel ‘confused because that did not feel normal to me because I had never seen anything like that and it was very embarrassing….when you’re 14 you have no idea what’s going on’.
Asked if Epstein touched her body, Jane said that he touched her ‘breasts, vagina’.
Moe asked if Epstein used sex toys, telling her: ‘I’m sorry to ask you this but could you please describe what happened’.
Jane appeared to come close to tears as she said: ‘He liked vibrators, they were different sizes, even a back massager. He’d put it on my vagina, even if I said it hurt’.
Asked where Maxwell touched her, Jane said it was ‘mainly my breasts’.
Moe asked where Epstein liked to be touched and Jane said that it was ‘from head to toe’ and that this happened ‘every visit to his house’.
Moe asked if there were times when other people took part in sex and Jane said yes, adding that it usually happened in the massage room or the bedroom in Epstein’s Palm Beach home.
She said that Maxwell would encourage others to ‘start taking their clothes off, Jeffrey would get on the massage table and it would turn into this orgy’.
Jane said: ‘It was kissing, oral sex with each other, oral sex with Jeffrey, full on intercourse’.
Asked if sex toys were used, Jane said yes and that vibrators were used on girls’ vaginas.
Moe asked the gender of the other people in the orgy and Jane said: ‘Female’.
Asked their age, she said: ‘Older than me but I don’t know’.
Moe asked how often this kind of sex sessions took place when she was aged between 14 and 16 and she said: ‘Almost every visit with him. (I was going) every two weeks’.
Jane said that she traveled with Epstein and Maxwell about 10 times when she was aged between 14 and 16 and flew to his homes in New York and New Mexico.
She found his New York mansion ‘creepy’ because of all the pictures of naked girls on the walls, she told the jury.
Jane described how she first came to know Epstein in 1993. She was ’12, going on 13′ and living in Palm Beach, Florida with her family when tragedy struck – her father, a composer, died of leukemia.
His employers had canceled his health insurance and when he did their family ‘went into complete bankruptcy and lost everything’, Jane said.
The following summer, relatives cobbled together the money to pay for her and her brothers to go to Interlochen, a summer arts camp in Michigan.
It was nine months after her father died, Jane said.
She remembered that one day she and her classmates were ‘on a bench eating ice cream’ when a ‘tall, thin woman approached us’.
Jane said: ‘She was walking a cute little Yorkie and we asked if we could pet the dog. We started chit-chatting and the rest of my classmates had to go to class’.
Shortly after a man came to join Jane and Maxwell. Jane said: ‘I was still eating my ice cream…he seemed very interested to know what I thought of the camp. They said they were big benefactors of this camp and gave out different kinds of scholarships and wanted to know the students’ perspective’.
When Jane said she was from Palm Beach, Epstein replied: ‘What a coincidence! We live there too. What are your parents names? (I said) my father has just died’.
Epstein said that he ‘definitely’ knew her mother and then asked for her number which Jane handed over.
She seemed surprised but handed it over and the conversation ended with ‘nice to meet you’.
Around a month later, when Jane was back at middle school, somebody from Epstein’s office called her home and asked her and her mother round for tea at his mansion in Palm Beach
Their visit lasted around 30 minutes and Epstein told Jane’s mother that he was ‘very impressed’ with her and wanted her to come back next time and sing for him.
So began Jane’s regular visits to Epstein’s house where Maxwell would often be at home.
Jane said she was ‘confused’ by the exact relationship between the two of them and initially thought they were married but later wasn’t sure.
She said that Maxwell was approximately the same age as her older sister .
Prosecutor Moe asked: ‘How old were you when you first started spending time with Epstein and Maxwell?
Jane said: ‘Fourteen’.
An early incident which left Jane ‘shocked’ was one day when she went out by the pool and saw Maxwell and four other women topless. Jane ‘hadn’t seen that before’, she told the jury.
Jane described Maxwell as ‘a bit odd and quirky’ and said she ‘used to tease me, but she was nice’.
Jane said: ‘I think she may have said I’m like an older sister (to you)’. At the time Jane’s older sister was 27 and Maxwell was in her early 30s.
Epstein began to give Jane money as she left the house after each visit, which were around every week or two, telling her that her ‘mother was having a hard time, it’s not a big deal’.
Epstein began to buy Jane clothes and other things.
She gave Jane advice about her boyfriends, once telling her: ‘If you f* them once you can f* them again because they are grandfathered in’.
Jane said: ‘I giggled because I didn’t understand what grandfathered meant’.
Epstein and Maxwell took her to Victoria’s Secret to buy her underwear: Jane said she bought the ‘basic white kind’ that younger people buy.
Maxwell and Epstein would brag about knowing famous people like Donald Trump and Bill Clinton which left Jane feeling ‘intimidated’, she told the jury.
She said she traveled to his other homes about ten times in New York and New Mexico on Epstein’s private plane and described the décor.
‘Art, sculptures. Pictures of famous people, presidents. I thought some of the art was odd – naked women, creepy animals,’ she recalled.
She said the abuse at his New York home would happen in the massage room.
During the trips to New Mexico, Jane said she spent most of her time at his Zorro Ranch ‘in the middle of nowhere’.
She recalled a time when she was 15 and someone came into her room and said, ‘Jeffrey wants to see you’ and escorted her to see him.
Sobbing, Jane said, ‘I did not want to go see him.’
Earlier on Tuesday, Larry Visoski, Epstein’s chief pilot who flew the pedophile financier for more than 25 years, said he was introduced to Jane in the cockpit of the ‘Lolita Express’ in the mid to late 90s.
‘Mr. Epstein brought her to the cockpit. She had piercing powder blue eyes,’ Visoski said.
Maxwell’s attorney Christian Everdell asked during cross-examination, ‘And beyond the striking blue eyes, you have said she had large breasts, right?’
Visoski answered that she was ‘a mature woman.’
When asked if he remembers Virginia Roberts, Visoski replied, ‘Yes. A shorter woman with dirty blonde hair.’
‘She didn’t look young. I mean, whatever you decipher is the definition of young. But she was a woman in my category,’ he added.
Despite being called as a prosecution witness, Visoski’s testimony appeared to aid the defense.
‘I never saw any sexual activity, no,’ Visoski said, but admitted that he could not see everything that went on. Asked if he ever saw any sex toys, condoms, or clothing strewn about the plane, he said no and denied seeing any sexual activity of any kind.
On Monday during opening statement, Maxwell’s defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim began by introducing ‘Jane’ as a ‘talented musician and a singer from a musical family.’
She took aim at Jane and attempted to discredit her account.
She described Jeffrey Epstein as a ‘patron of the arts and a supporter of young talent, sponsored musicians and artists and actresses and others.’
Epstein, Sternheim said, became Jane’s benefactor and paid for her schooling, vocal lessons and even cosigned for an apartment on Wall Street where Jane lived with her mother and brothers.
‘A month before Epstein’s arrest in 2019, Jane did not want to be involved in any criminal case regarding Epstein,’ Sternheim said. ‘But after Epstein was found dead, she changed her mind.
‘When money was on the line, she changed her mind. She hired a lawyer, she became a client, they got in touch with the government and said she changed her mind.
‘Why? Because assisting the government would help a claim with the Epstein fund.’
Sterheim added that once Epstein died and Jane had a lawyer by her side she suddenly ‘remembers all this horror that happened to her and places Ghislaine at the center of it all.’
‘Hundreds of things that happened to her that no one knew about, not her mother, not her brothers, not her teachers, not staff at the house, not her coaches, all of this that the government claims happened and she didn’t skip a beat, nobody ever noticed anything amiss.’
Sternheim said that ‘Jane’ is a now a successful actress on a soap opera and has been on sitcoms, reality shows, movies, podcasts and drama series.
‘She is a consummate actress. She is a pro at playing roles. And as her scripts and characters change, so has her story that you will hear in this courtroom,’ Sternheim said.
‘I ask you to examine her testimony, and you will find internal inconsistencies. When money was on the line, she tagged Ghislaine.’
Sternheim revealed that Jane received $5million from the victims fund.
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