Ghislaine Maxwell's Attorneys Say Accuser's Testimony Doesn't Match Interview She Gave FBI

Defense attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell said the accuser's testimony in court didn't match interviews she had with the FBI, but the witness said her statements were never recorded, the Associated Press reported.

The witness used the pseudonym "Jane" for the trial to protect her identity. She testified in court Tuesday that the alleged abuse made "my heart sink into my stomach" when talking about her encounter with Jeffrey Epstein.

During the cross examination, Maxwell's attorney Laura Menninger said the FBI had documents from 2019 and 2020 that didn't match up with what the witness was saying in court.

Menninger said the documents claimed that Jane told the FBI her memory was "foggy" and she wasn't sure if Maxwell ever touched her or was there when Epstein assaulted her.

Jane responded at one point during the cross examination that she doesn't recall what the FBI had written down.

During her testimony, she described the first time she was allegedly abused by Epstein and said she was "frozen in fear."

She said she never changed her story and that her statements were never recorded.

"This was just someone jotting down notes. ... A lot of these are not correct," she said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Trial, Court Room
In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell is seated at the defense table while watching testimony of witnesses during her trial, Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in New York. Elizabeth Williams/AP Photo

Other documents claimed she said that no abuse occurred during a visit to Epstein's ranch in New Mexico. That contradicted her testimony about alleged encounters with Epstein.

She challenged the accuracy of the documents, saying her statements were never recorded.

At another point, she responded, "I don't recall saying what's written here."

She did not dispute other documents saying she had named several "model types" and other women she said witnessed participating in group massages with Epstein. She also confirmed telling the FBI she once flew on a private jet with Britain's Prince Andrew.

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to charges that prosecutors say show that she and Epstein were "partners in crime." The defense has countered by claiming she's being made a scapegoat for 66-year-old Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell in 2019 as he awaited his own sex trafficking trial.

On Tuesday, the accuser described numerous sexual encounters with Maxwell and Epstein that began in 1994 and continued through 1997.

Another time, she said she was taken to a massage room where he and Maxwell both took advantage of her. Other encounters involved sex toys or turned into oral sex "orgies" with other young women and Maxwell, she added.

On cross examination, the defense has also attacked the witness's credibility by asking why she waited over 20 years to report the alleged abuse by Maxwell to law enforcement. She said that she mostly avoided the subject for years because it was too painful.

The woman is the first of four alleged victims slated to testify against Maxwell at a trial expected to last about six weeks.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Trial, Sketch
In this courtroom sketch, Judge Alison Nathan, far left, listens as a witness using the pseudonym "Jane" testifies during Ghislaine Maxwell's trial, November 30, 2021, in New York. The woman testified that she had repeated sexual contact with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein when she 14 and that Maxwell was there when it happened. Elizabeth Williams/AP Photo