Ghislaine Maxwell speaks from prison before trial about “creepy rats and guards”

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Maxwell said he stopped showering because “the creepy guards stand by and stare at me the whole time” and that he suffered “inhuman” isolation.

Maxwell’s lawyers have previously claimed that he endured prison conditions comparable to those of Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 film. The silence of the lambs, at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Jury selection began ahead of a trial that is expected to begin on 29 November.

Epstein committed suicide at the age of 66 in a New York prison in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, in what a coroner called a suicide.

Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring and aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls between 1994 and 2004. This week her defense team provided insight into their legal strategy for the case.

Jeffrey Pagliuca, Maxwell’s attorney, told the judge they intend to attack the credibility of prosecution witnesses and alleged victims, questioning why they did not come up with charges against Maxwell until after Epstein’s death. , as well as indicating previous “substance abuse”.

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The Maxwell team took a hit on Wednesday, however, when Judge Alison Nathan decided to allow one of the prosecution’s leading experts, Lisa Rocchio, a clinical psychologist with experience in traumatic stress, who explained to the court why some victims delay reporting abuse.

Dr. Rocchio talked about common patterns of soliciting children: starting with accessing and isolating a victim, then developing trust, rewarding them with gifts, and later desensitizing them to physical and sexual contact.

The prosecution claimed that the British would have chosen young women and girls for her ex-boyfriend Epstein to abuse.

The prosecution against Maxwell claims that she and Epstein allegedly “built friendships” with the alleged victims by taking them to the movies or shopping.

On Monday, Judge Nathan will hear whether to admit Maxwell’s “false memory” expert, who had previously testified for other high-profile defendants.

Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist who frequently testifies to “false memories” of traumatic events, was a defense witness at the Harvey Weinstein trial in 2020.

The government, however, argues that Loftus should not be allowed to offer views on the credibility of witnesses.

“Such views would be highly prejudicial and inflammatory, confuse and mislead the jury, and invade the jury’s core competence in determining the credibility of witnesses,” the prosecutors wrote.

Judge Nathan would also have to decide whether to exclude the testimony of one of the four alleged victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons but who are believed to be British.

Such a development so close to trial could undermine the government’s case.

The Telegraph, London

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