January 18, 2022

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Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilot testifies on day two of court case

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, Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilot testifies on day two of court case, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is entering its second day with prosecutors questioning a longtime pilot of the deceased billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

In testimony on Monday afternoon, Lawrence Visoski, the pilot, said the British socialite had often contacted him to schedule flights for Epstein. 

Visoski described Maxwell as an office assistant of Epstein’s who frequently flew on his private planes, but also said their relationship appeared to be “more personal than business.”

Maxwell,59, is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls to give Epstein erotic massages that a prosecutor described in her opening statement on Monday as a “ruse” for sex abuse.

Maxwell’s lawyers have claimed the British socialite is being made a scapegoat for “the behaviour of a 21st century James Bond”. 

Her defence team has also painted the four accusers, who will appear as witnesses in the case, as unreliable with each claiming large sums of money from Epstein’s victim fund. 

Assistant US attorney Lara Pomerantz, who opened for the prosecution, said Maxwell was a “predator” who manipulated young girls and “served them up to Epstein”.  

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other crimes, including two perjury charges that will be tried at a later date.

She faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Epstein died in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-abuse charges.

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3:45PM

Judge excuses juror from case after spouse surprises him with surprise Christmas holiday

US District Judge Alison Nathan said she had excused one juror from the case because his spouse had surprised him with a planned trip around the Christmas holiday.

As a result, 12 jurors and five alternates, instead of six, will continue hearing testimony from pilot Lawrence Visoski, in the expected six-week trial, which began on Monday.

Visoski’s testimony is providing the remaining jurors with a sense of the lifestyle Epstein and Maxwell lived between 1994 and 2004, the period in which prosecutors say Maxwell lured four underage girls for Epstein to abuse.

3:23PM

Maxwell was ‘number two’ in hierarchy of Epstein’s operations, says pilot  

Lawrence Visoski, the first witness in the sex trafficking trial of Maxwell, has described the British socialite as the ‘number two’ in the hierarchy of Epstein’s operations. 

Resuming his testimony on Tuesday afternoon, the former pilot for Epstein was asked where Maxwell stood in the hierarchy of Epstein’s world. 

Visoski said Maxwell “was the number two” and added that “Epstein was the big number one.”

She was the one that pretty much handled most of the finance, my expenses, spending in the office.”

The testimony supports what Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz told jurors in her opening statement Monday when she said Epstein and Maxwell were “partners in crime.”

Pomerantz said Maxwell recruited and groomed girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.

3:14PM

Maxwell’s sister arrives 

Isabel Maxwell, Ghislaine’s sister, has also now arrived at the courthouse.

On Tuesday Isabel, was the sole member of the Maxwell clan to turn out in support.

Even husband, American entrepreneur Scott Borgerson, was notably absent.

, Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilot testifies on day two of court case, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Isabel Maxwell arrives for her sister’s trial

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Jeenah Moon/Reuters

3:00PM

Pictured: Pilot Lawrence Visoski arrives at court

Lawrence Visoski, Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilot has been pictured arriving at the courthouse for the trial for Ghislaine Maxwell. 

Mr Visoki testified on Monday that Maxwell often contacted him to schedule flights for Epstein.

Maxwell’s defence team will cross-examine Visoski after prosecutors finish their questioning today. 

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Jeffrey Epstein’s former pilot, Lawrence Visoski, 

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Jeenah Moon/Reuters

2:47PM

Maxwell a ‘bullseye’ for anger from victims, defence attorney claimed

Maxwell’s legal team is aiming to spear accusers’ stories as “thin,” and their memories as “unreliable.”

In opening statements on Monday, defence attorney Bobbi Sternheim argued their recollections have faded or been “corrupted” by forces including media attention and the prospect of “a big jackpot of money” in potential civil suits against Epstein’s estate.

Sternheim had cast Maxwell as a “target” being blamed for the late Epstein’s crimes.

The lawyer dubbed Maxwell a “bullseye” for “anger from women who were or who believe they were victimized by Epstein,” whose death left “a gaping hole in the pursuit of justice.” 

Maxwell is “filling that hole,” Sternheim said.

2:33PM

Prosecutors to present flight logs showing names of Maxwell and alleged victims

In her opening statement on Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz said prosecutors would present flight logs that included the names of Maxwell and some of the alleged victims.

“The defendant and Epstein made young girls believe that their dreams could come true,” Pomerantz said.

“They were exploiting kids. They were trafficking kids for sex.”

Maxwell’s defense attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, said on Monday there was nothing inherently wrong with having private jets.

Sternheim reminded jurors that during jury selection, they had indicated to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan that they “would not be biased by affluence or opulence.”

Epstein’s private planes “were used as commuter jets. Guy friends; past, present, and future girlfriends; and an array of other very interesting people – academics, politicians, scientists,” Sternheim said. “

There were families on the flights and children on the flights.”

2:31PM

‘We interacted quite often,’ says pilot

Lawrence Visoski told the court on Monday afternoon that Maxwell often contacted him to schedule flights for Epstein.

Visoski described Maxwell as an office assistant of Epstein’s who frequently flew on his private planes, but also said their relationship appeared to be “more personal than business.”

“We interacted quite often,” Visoski said of himself and Maxwell.

Visoski’s testimony provides jurors with a sense of the lifestyle that Epstein and Maxwell  lived between 1994 and 2004, the period in which prosecutors say she lured four underage girls to Epstein.

Visoski said he frequently shuttled Epstein and guests between Epstein’s properties in New York, Florida, New Mexico, Paris and private islands in the Caribbean.

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