The woman, identified in court as “Jane,” said after that 1994 introduction that she and her mother met Epstein for tea in Florida when he said he could guide her. She then began walking to Epstein’s home on her own.
At first, Maxwell and Epstein made her feel special – spending time with her, asking her about her family and interests, and taking her to do fun things, she said.
During the first months of their acquaintance, Maxwell felt like an older sister, she said.
“It changed when the abuse started to happen,” she said.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiring and inducing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and transporting minors to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly treating and recruiting underage girls from 1994 to 1997.
She is also accused of sex trafficking of a minor from 2001 to 2004, as well as one count of conspiracy of sex trafficking.
Speaking in a shaky voice at times and wiping her eyes and nose with a tissue, “Jane” testified that Epstein and Maxwell gradually normalized the 14-year-old’s sexuality.
Sometimes Epstein would masturbate on her and molest her, she said. Maxwell was involved at times, touching her as well as Epstein, she said.
At least once, Maxwell “taught” her how Epstein liked to have a massage while the three were in Epstein’s “massage room,” she testified.
“It felt very relaxed, like it was very normal, like it wasn’t a big deal,” she said. “It made me confused because it didn’t feel right. “
“Jane” is known as Minor Victim-1 in a federal indictment detailing the allegations against Maxwell.
Epstein committed suicide in August 2019 while awaiting trial. Maxwell’s lawyer maintains that she was charged only because he died.
The couple reportedly split in the 1990s, although the socialite remained close to him.
The testimony began on Monday with the pilot on the stand
Maxwell’s trial began on Monday with testimony from a pilot who flew Epstein’s plane. He said he remembered meeting “Jane”, but couldn’t be sure she actually flew in the private jet.
In the last half hour of Tuesday’s hearing, defense lawyer Laura Menninger began cross-examining “Jane” by asking her why she waited two decades to report her allegations to law enforcement. .
Menninger also asked her about the $ 5 million she received under Epstein’s victim compensation program.
“Jane” admitted that she dropped a lawsuit against Maxwell in 2020 under the program agreement in order to receive financial payment.
Cross-examination is expected to continue on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, “Jane” said she first confided in a boyfriend about her abuse around 2007 when Epstein was arrested in Florida. Eventually, she shared her experience with several people, including her siblings, she said.
“Because how do you tell or describe all this to one of your peers or to your siblings when all you are feeling is shame, disgust and confusion and you don’t even know how did you get there? ”
“Jane” testified that she felt she couldn’t talk to anyone about the abuse as a child, in part because her mother had discouraged her from saying what she was thinking.
“My mom was so in love with the idea that these wealthy, well-off people were interested in me,” she said.
“Jane” said she continued to give Epstein sexualized massages at least while attending school in New York City when she was 18.
She would tell people that Epstein was her “godfather” and would drop everything to answer his calls when he reached out, she said.
Epstein began giving “Jane” money shortly after the abuse began in 1994, then paid for singing lessons, school, clothes and housing for her family, she said. declared.
She said she couldn’t determine how many times Maxwell was involved in the abuse because it’s all happening in her memory.
“It all started to look the same after a while and you just get numb,” she said.
The woman cut contact with Epstein around 2002. His mother still lived in an apartment in New York that he had paid for at the time, she said.
Federal prosecutors are expected to call “Jane’s” former boyfriend to testify after she shared with him about her alleged abuse, but the judge said she would rule this Wednesday morning.