Ghislaine Maxwell’s Defense Team Challenges Accuser’s Memory, Asks Whether She Can ‘Cry On Command’

NEW YORK — The sex trafficking trial of Jeffrey Epstein pal Ghislaine Maxwell continued into its third day on Wednesday, with Maxwell’s defense attorney cross-examining one of the women accusing Maxwell of sexual abuse.

The former girlfriend of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is standing trial in federal court in Manhattan on six counts related to the sex trafficking of minors including sex trafficking of a minor, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. If convicted, Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison.

Maxwell’s defense lawyer Laura Menninger peppered the accuser, who is testifying under the pseudonym “Jane,” with questions for hours about how accurately she remembers her teen years, when the alleged sexual abuse occurred. Menninger compared what “Jane” told the FBI in previous years with her more recent statements, accusing her of contradicting herself on several topics, including on how involved Maxwell was in the alleged abuse.

Menninger quizzed “Jane” on details such as if she remembered whether she was 13 or 14 when she met Epstein. “Jane” testified that she met the purported billionaire investment manager at a performing arts summer camp in Michigan right around her 14th birthday in 1994.