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Witness takes the stand in Day Six of Maxwell’s trial

A witness under the pseudonym ‘Kate’ has taken the stand in Day Six of Ghislaine Maxwell‘s high-profile sex trafficking trial. 

Under questioning from the prosecution, Kate claimed Monday that she was 17 when she was introduced to Maxwell by a boyfriend on a trip to Paris. 

Kate, wearing a black cardigan, a dark blue blouse with white polka dots and a black skirt, is not one of the four women in Maxwell’s case, but has been brought in as a prosecution witness.  

She claimed Maxwell invited her to her townhouse in Belgravia where Jeffrey Epstein was wearing a robe. Maxwell told her Epstein’s massage therapist had canceled and asked if she could fill in. 

Kate claimed Epstein took off his robe to reveal his naked body and Maxwell handed her massage oil and closed the door. Kate said that Epstein initiated sexual contact with her. 

After the massage, Kate claimed Maxwell asked ‘How did it go? Did you have fun? You’re such a good girl.’

‘She sounded really pleased, and I was pleased that she was pleased,’ Kate said.  

‘Later Maxwell told me to find someone to give Epstein a b***job,’ Kate claimed, and said Maxwell told her he needed to have sex ‘three times a day.’ 

As she sat in the witness box her blonde hair was swept back in a bun.

She appeared nervous and before the hearing was sitting outside court with her eyes closed as she steadied herself.

Kate’s voice at times faltered but she spoke in a clear voice with a British accent.

Maxwell appeared impassive and mostly sat in her chair

A witness under the pseudonym ‘Kate’ took the stand Monday in Day Six of Ghislaine Maxwell’s high-profile sex trafficking trial 

Ghislaine Maxwell hugs her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during her trial Monday

Ghislaine Maxwell hugs her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during her trial Monday 

'Later Maxwell told me to find someone to give Epstein a b***job,' Kate claimed, and said Maxwell told her he needed to have sex 'three times a day'

‘Later Maxwell told me to find someone to give Epstein a b***job,’ Kate claimed, and said Maxwell told her he needed to have sex ‘three times a day’ 

Before Kate began to give evidence Judge Alison Nathan told the jury that because she was over the age of consent at the time she is ‘not a victim’ of the alleged crimes.

Judge Nathan said that the jury cannot convict Maxwell based on Kate’s evidence and cannot use it for assessing Maxwell’s ‘character’.

The jury can only use it for things that are ‘relevant to the issues before you’, the judge said.

As a result of the ruling Kate was not asked the particulars of her encounters with Epstein.

Kate said that in 1994 when she was 17 she was living in Belgravia in London with her mother who was ill and ‘under a lot of stress’. 

Kate said she first met Maxwell in Paris on a trip with a man she was dating: at the time he was 38 and made the introduction as he knew Maxwell.

Kate said of Maxwell: ‘We spoke about the evening and where we were headed, we spoke about where I lived. We spoke about the man I was dating. She was asking me about myself’.

Kate said that Maxwell was ‘very sophisticated, very elegant and had quite short dark brown hair. She was very impressive’.

Kate estimated that Maxwell was in her early 30s at the time. Kate gave Maxwell her phone number and a few weeks later she called her.

Kate said: ‘I was quite excited to be friends with her and she was friends with the guy I was dating. She seemed very excited and she seemed to be everything I wanted to be’.

The meeting took place at Maxwell’s house in Belgravia and Kate recalled lots of pictures of Maxwell and Epstein on the walls.

Kate told Maxwell she lived alone with her mother and that her mum had migraines and she had to give her massages.

Kate said that she had a place to study law at Oxford University, which Maxwell told her she had attended. Kate said she was a musician as well and said she might pursue that and talked about how she was into athletics.

Kate said she had a ‘really lovely time’ during her meeting with Maxwell. She sighed as she said: ‘I felt really special. I felt I had found a connection that could be really meaningful to me…she seemed as excited as I was to have a new friend. I left feeling exhilarated. Like somebody wanted me. Somebody wanted to be my friend’.

Maxwell told Kate about Epstein and said that he was a ‘philanthropist who liked to help young people and that it would be really wonderful for me to meet him’.

Kate said that at the time in her life she was feeling ‘lonely’ and having just moved to the UK from France she ‘hadn’t found a group of friends’

A few weeks later Maxwell invited Kate back again to her home to meet Epstein. Kate said there was an ‘urgency’ in Maxwell’s voice and she sounded ‘activated’ as she said Epstein was in town.

Kate said: ‘She said she would love it if I could over and meet him.’

She claimed Epstein took off his robe to reveal his naked body and Maxwell handed her massage oil and closed the door. On Friday, Epstein's massage table was brought into court

She claimed Epstein took off his robe to reveal his naked body and Maxwell handed her massage oil and closed the door. On Friday, Epstein’s massage table was brought into court 

A detective opened the dark green foldable table in front of the jury for them to see for the first time. Maxwell (pictured in a court sketch on Friday) reportedly showed no emotion

A detective opened the dark green foldable table in front of the jury for them to see for the first time. Maxwell (pictured in a court sketch on Friday) reportedly showed no emotion 

Defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at court during the sixth day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at court during the sixth day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial 

Kate arrived and Epstein was sitting in sweat pants and a hoodie and was on the phone. When he ended his call Maxwell said, according to Kate: ‘This is the girl I told you about’ and explained Kate was planning to go to Oxford and was a ‘really talented singer.’

Maxwell said Kate was ‘athletic and strong for my size’ – at the time she was 98lbs, she told the jury.

Kate said: ‘She said why don’t you give his feet a little squeeze to show him how strong you are?’

‘I massaged them. He (Epstein) seemed very approving and said you can go ahead and do my shoulders. He said I was very strong and that I seemed to know what I wanted’.

Kate’s next meeting came a couple of weeks later when Maxwell called her.

Kate said Maxwell told her that Epstein was due to get a massage but his massage therapist had ‘canceled and could I please do her a favor and help her by coming over as I had such strong hands?’

Asked by prosecutor Lara Pomerantz if Kate was a massage therapist then or now, and she said: ‘No.’

When Kate arrived at the house, she claims Maxwell told her Epstein ‘needed massages all the time and it was very difficult to keep up. She led me up the stairs and opened the door to a room that had a massage table in it. It was dimly lit. It was a small room, there was a massage table’.

Kate said that Epstein was in the room wearing a robe then he took it off and was naked.

Kate said she traveled to Epstein's Palm Beach mansion where she was given schoolgirl outfits to wear with a short skirt, white panties and white socks. Pictured is Epstein's Palm Beach mansion submitted by the prosecution as evidence

Kate said she traveled to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion where she was given schoolgirl outfits to wear with a short skirt, white panties and white socks. Pictured is Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion submitted by the prosecution as evidence 

Asked what Maxwell did, Kate said she was ‘in the doorway facing him’ and ‘gave me some massage oil.’

Asked if somebody closed the door, Kate said: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell’.

Pomerantz asked if Epstein initiated sexual contact with Kate and performed a sex act on her, and she confirmed he did.

Kate said that afterwards she went back downstairs to be met by Maxwell.

Kate said: ‘She said: ‘How did it go? Did you have fun? Was it good?’ She seemed very excited and happy’.

A few days later Maxwell called again and invited Kate back to her house again.

When Kate walked in the door she said Maxwell told her: ‘You did such a good job last time, he wanted you to come back’.

Kate went upstairs to the same room with a massage table laid out and this time Epstein was naked. Before closing the door, Maxwell told Kate: ‘Have a good time’.

Kate confirmed that again Epstein initiated sexual contact and performed a sex act on her.

Kate testified that when she came downstairs Maxwell told her: ‘Did you have fun? You’re such a good girl. I’m so happy you were able to come….he obviously likes you a lot’.

‘She seemed really pleased. I was really pleased she was pleased’.

Asked if Kate ever saw any other girls at Maxwell’s home, she said that one time she saw a blonde girl around her age having tea with Maxwell.

Maxwell was asking her questions similar to those she had been asked during their first meeting.

When Kate asked Maxwell about the girl, she replied she that ‘I think she will be a good fit for him (Epstein).’

On her 18th birthday, Kate said she received a Prada bag from Maxwell. She said this happened after having sex with Epstein.

Kate said on Monday that she was in her early 20s when she traveled to Epstein's private Caribbean island, calling it 'Little St. Jeff'

Kate said on Monday that she was in her early 20s when she traveled to Epstein’s private Caribbean island, calling it ‘Little St. Jeff’ 

Kate said she traveled to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion where she was given schoolgirl outfits to wear with a short skirt, white panties and white socks.

When asked why she put on the schoolgirl outfit, Kate said, ‘I didn’t know how to say no to that. I didn’t know anybody in Florida. I had never been to Palm Beach or Florida before. I wasn’t sure if I said no if I would have to leave or what consequence there would be for not doing it.’

She said Epstein engaged in a sex act with her, but did not go into detail.

‘[Maxwell] asked me if I had fun and told me I was such a good girl and told me I was one of his favorites,’ Kate said.

On Friday, the trial heard how schoolgirl outfits were found at Epstein’s New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019.

Alison Moe, one of the prosecutors, said: ‘The fact that Jeffrey Epstein had a couple of schoolgirl outfits on the same floor as his massage room may be legs but it directly speaks to a preference for underage girls’.

She added that it shows Epstein ‘maintained an interest in schoolgirls’ long after the period for which Maxwell is charged, that being 1994-2004.

Moe said: ‘Schoolgirl costumes, small ones, were found on the same floor of the house by the massage rooms where underage girls were abused’.

Kate said on Monday that she was in her early 20s when she traveled to Epstein’s private Caribbean island, calling it ‘Little St. Jeff’.

Kate admitted to receiving compensation from the Epstein Victim’s Fund, but said she is not planning to sue Maxwell.  


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