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Maxwell jury eyes Epstein’s plane trips

Maxwell jury eyes Epstein’s plane trips

Teala Davies, one of deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, attorney Gloria Allred, and another unidentified alleged victim and her baby, finish speaking to the press outside the US Federal Court on August 27, 2019 in New York.Photo: VCG

Jurors in British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex abuse trial deliberated for a third full day on Monday without reaching a verdict, after reviewing the testimony of one of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s personal pilots.

Maxwell, who turned 60 on Christmas Day, is accused of recruiting and grooming four teenage girls to have sexual encounters with Epstein, her ex-boyfriend and employer, between 1994 and 2004. Epstein killed himself in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.

Jurors on Monday asked US District Judge Alison Nathan to review the account of David Rodgers, who testified on December 8 that on several occasions in the 1990s, he flew Epstein’s private jet with Epstein, Maxwell and an individual known by the pseudonym Jane on board.

Jane said the encounters often took place at Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, estate, but that she traveled to Epstein’s homes in New Mexico and New York, where abuse also took place.

Jurors on Monday asked Nathan for a definition of the word “enticement” and for the transcript of the testimony of Jane’s ex-boyfriend. The questions indicated they were scrutinizing her account, as well as the details of the charges based on it.

Reuters