Ghislaine Maxwell received terrible news this week. One of her accusers will testify about the repugnant sexual act by the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The Daily Mail obtained a document where one woman, “Minor Victim 3,” will describe the meeting with Epstein as evidence of his sexual preference for young women and minor girls.
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Her attorneys have fought against this decision to include the testimony, saying that the witness was over the age of consent at the time. Also, they continued saying that there is a danger that the jury may convict Maxwell based on a “moral judgment of sexual activity which was entirely legal.”
Her sexual act was redacted in the letter from Maxwell’s attorneys.
Minor Victim 3 met Epstein and Maxwell in 1994 where she was 17, and the indictment states that Maxwell groomed and befriended the girl and arranged for many sexualized messages with Epstein.
Prosecutors believed the woman “can reasonably be characterized as a ‘victim of alleged sexual misconduct” and added that her testimony supports the conspiracy charges.
Moreover, the attorneys argued that the woman’s testimony couldn’t be included since she was over the age of consent in the UK, where it is 16.
They wrote that prosecutors “frequently pointed to a particular anecdote in Accuser-3’s testimony in which she claims that….”
“While some may find this morally reprehensible, or even repugnant, it is perfectly legal and does not in any way establish a ‘sexual preference’ for underage girls,” they added. “Moreover, to the extent, the government is seeking to introduce Accuser-3’s evidence to show Epstein’s sexual preference for ‘young girls’ – which would include women who are young, but still above the age of consent like Accuser-3 – that would mislead the jury and invite them to convict Ms. Maxwell based on a moral judgment of sexual activity which, in the case of Accuser-3, was entirely legal.”
We aren’t having that!
“Epstein and the defendant were not checking victims’ identifications at the door to ensure they were above the age of consent in whichever location they were at the time,” they wrote. “Just as Epstein’s prurient interest in girls did not switch off at midnight of their 17th birthday, neither did it toggle on and off as his plane crossed into jurisdictions with different ages of consent. Rather, Epstein and the defendant were engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to recruit girls for sexual abuse in multiple jurisdictions with differing ages of consent.”
Maxwell’s trial is scheduled to start this month.