Ghislaine Maxwell gave schoolgirl outfit to British teen before Epstein sex acts, trial hears

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Ghislaine Maxwell left out a school uniform with a pleated skirt on a bed for a British teenager to wear before Jeffrey Epstein engaged in sex acts with her, because she “thought it would be fun”, a court heard.

The alleged victim, who was 17 when she first met Epstein, said Maxwell led her to a massage room at her London townhouse, presented her with oils and told her to “have a good time”.

Maxwell is accused of preying on vulnerable young girls and luring them to massage rooms to be molested by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

During her testimony on Monday at the Federal court in the Southern District of New York, the alleged victim, referred to only as Kate, told jurors the defendant had asked if she knew anybody who could come to her house and give Epstein oral sex because it was “a lot for her to do”.

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell in 2019 Credit: US Department of Justice/PA

The witness said that when she was 18, she went to Epstein’s Palm Beach house in Florida, where the schoolgirl outfit was waiting for her on her bed.

“I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffrey his tea in this outfit,” the witness recalled Maxwell telling her.

After a sexual encounter that followed, the British socialite “asked me if I had fun” and told her, “You are such a good girl,” she said.

Kate told the court she did not tell anyone about her experiences with them because she knew how “well connected” they were, and told the court how Maxwell had said she was friends with the Duke of York and Donald Trump.

Speaking about how she met Maxwell, Kate said her then boyfriend was friends with her and they met one evening in Paris.

Maxwell also told her that Epstein was “demanding” when it came to sexual massages, saying it was “very difficult to keep up” with his needs, the witness said. After agreeing to give him massages in London, she was later flown on commercial flights to Florida, where she said the interactions continued when she was 18.

She recalled that the first time she saw Epstein naked, Maxwell was standing right next to him. “I remember it so clearly because I was terrified and frozen,” she said.

By contrast, Maxwell’s demeanor was “almost like a schoolgirl,” she said. “Everything was fun. Everything seemed to be like a fun, silly joke."

Ghislaine Maxwell Credit: US Department of Justice/PA

Asked about wanting to testify anonymously, she said, “I have a huge amount of humiliation and shame around the events that took place” and wanted to protect her child from knowing details.

On cross-examination, a lawyer for Maxwell got the witness to acknowledge instances where she had spoken out publicly about Epstein and Maxwell using her real name. The lawyer also asked whether her history of drug and alcohol abuse affected her memory.

“It has not had an impact on the memories I have always had,” she said.

The jury also saw bank statements on Monday showing that between 1999 and 2007, roughly $30 million was transferred from Epstein’s accounts to those of Maxwell’s. About $7 million of that was used in the purchase of a helicopter, the records showed.

The trial continues.