Woman testifies to Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein began sexually abusing her at age 14

The woman, identified in court as the pseudonym “Jane,” said she and her mother met Epstein for tea in Florida after her 1994 introduction when he said he could give her advice. Then she herself began to visit Epstein’s house.

At first, Maxwell and Epstein made her feel special — spending time with her, asking about her family and interests, and taking her to do fun things, she said.

He said that Maxwell felt like an older sister for the first few months after getting to know her.

“That changed when the abuse started happening,” she said.

“Jane” describes in graphic detail the incidents of sexual abuse with Epstein that Maxwell would occasionally engage in in both Palm Beach, Florida, and Manhattan, when she was 14, 15, and 16 years old.

Maxwell on charges from 1994 to 1997 of conspiracy and abetting the travel of minors to engage in illegal sexual acts, and of engaging in criminal sexual activity for allegedly grooming and recruiting minor girls pleaded not guilty.

He has also been charged with one count of sex trafficking of a minor as well as one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking from 2001 to 2004.

Speaking several times with a trembling voice and wiping her eyes and nose with a tissue, “Jane” testified that Epstein and Maxwell gradually normalized sexuality for the then 14-year-old girl.

Sometimes, Epstein would masturbate on her and molest her, she said. Maxwell would occasionally join in, touching her and Epstein, she testified.

At least once, Maxwell “instructed” her how Epstein liked to be massaged while the three were in Epstein’s “massage room,” she testified.

“It seemed so casual, like it was so normal, like it was no big deal,” she said. “It confused me because it didn’t feel normal to me.”

“Jane” is referred to as Minor Victim-1 in the federal indictment detailing the charges against Maxwell.

Epstein died by suicide in August 2019 while awaiting trial. Maxwell’s lawyer says he was charged only because he had died.

The pair is said to have separated in the 1990s, although the socialite remained close to them.

Testimony began at the pilot stand on Monday

Maxwell’s trial began on Monday with the testimony of a pilot who flew Epstein’s plane. He said he remembered meeting “Jane”, but could not be sure that he actually flew on the private jet.

In the final half-hour of Tuesday’s court session, defense attorney Laura Meninger began cross-examining “Jane,” asking why she waited two decades to report her charges to law enforcement.

Meninger also asked him about the $5 million he received through the Epstein Victim Compensation Program.

“Jane” admitted that she dropped the 2020 lawsuit against Maxwell in accordance with the program agreement to receive financial payments.

The arguments are expected to continue on Wednesday as well.

On Tuesday, “Jane” said she first abused a boyfriend around 2007 when Epstein was arrested in Florida. Eventually he told many people, including his brothers and sisters, about his experience, he testified.

“Because how do you tell or describe this to a partner or one of your siblings when all you feel is shame and hatred and confusion and you don’t even know how you got there?”

“Jane” testified that she felt she could not tell anyone about the abuse when she was a child partly because her mother discouraged her from speaking her mind.

“My mom was so infatuated with the idea that these rich, affluent people took an interest in me,” she said.

“Jane” said that she continued to give Epstein sexual massage through her schooling in New York until she was at least 18 years old.

She told People that Epstein was her “godfather” and dropped everything to answer her calls when he arrived, she said.

Epstein began giving “Jane” cash shortly after the abuse began in 1994, and later paid for voice lessons, school, clothing and housing for her family, she said.

She said she could not describe how many times Maxwell participated in the abuse because it all runs together in her memory.

“It all started to feel the same after a while and you just got hooked on it,” she said.

The woman cut off contact with Epstein around 2002. Her mother was still living in an apartment in New York, which she had paid for at the time, she said.

Federal prosecutors are expected to call “Jane’s” past boyfriend to testify after he shared with her about his alleged abuse, but the judge has said she will rule that Wednesday morning.

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