Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Three More Jeffrey Epstein Accusers Set to Come Forward

The second week of Ghislaine Maxwell's sex abuse trial is set to see three more accusers taking the witness stand to give testimony against the British socialite who is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The trial in New York, which is expected to last six weeks, is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan. Prosecutors are expected to call three other accusers in the trial against Maxwell, 59, a longtime associate of Epstein who faces six counts of sex trafficking.

Maxwell has maintained her innocence in the case and has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The first week of the trial concluded with the prosecution calling its first nine witnesses, and the first of four alleged victims slated to testify against Maxwell.

The first accuser—using the pseudonym Jane for privacy reasons—testified that the alleged abuse she suffered during multiple encounters with Epstein made "my heart sink into my stomach."

The second woman, who is testifying under the pseudonym Kate, took the witness stand on Monday.

She said she was 17 and an aspiring musician when she first met Maxwell, who told her that her boyfriend could help boost her career, Reuters reported.

"I left there feeling exhilarated and like somebody wanted to be my friend," Kate testified, recalling her meeting with Maxwell in 1994 at her London townhouse.

When she returned to the townhouse weeks later, Epstein was present and Maxwell instructed her to give him a massage.

Weeks after that encounter, when Maxwell invited her again, Epstein was wearing a bathrobe and a sexual encounter occurred when Maxwell closed the door, Kate testified.

Judge Nathan reminded the jury before Kate's testimony that that any sexual encounters described were not "illegal sex acts" as at the time, she was over Britain's age of consent.

Jane last week testified that the alleged abuse by Epstein began in the mid-1990s when she was 14, and Maxwell was sometimes present during the encounters and participated at times. The alleged abuse continued for years, she said.

"Who was most frequently in the room when you had sexual contact with Jeffrey Epstein when you were 14 years old?" prosecutor Alison Moe asked.

"Ghislaine Maxwell," Jane answered, recalling one alleged incident with the pair, saying: "There were hands everywhere."

"It would be them leading me to a massage table and showing me how Jeffrey likes to be massaged," Jane recalled, testifying that Maxwell instructed her to touch Epstein in a sexual manner.

On Friday, prosecutors brought one of Epstein's massage tables into the Manhattan court. A photograph of the table was entered into evidence by prosecutors on Sunday.

Last week's final witness was Michael Dawson, a Palm Beach police sergeant who in October 2005 took part in a search of a South Florida estate owned by Epstein.

Epstein died by suicide in his Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at the age of 66 as he awaited trial on sex abuse charges.

Maxwell, daughter of late British media baron Robert Maxwell, could face up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. Her attorneys have argued that their client is only being prosecuted because Epstein is no longer alive.

Courtroom sketch of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial
This courtroom sketch shows Juan Alessi (R), Epstein's house manager, Judge Alison Nathan and Ghislaine Maxwell (L) during her trial on charges of sex trafficking, in New York City, on December 1, 2021. The 59-year-old daughter of late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison. JANE ROSENBERG/AFP/Getty Images