‘She was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing.’ Prosecutors slam Ghislaine Maxwell for ‘preying on vulnerable kids’ in scathing closing arguments at her sex trafficking trial

‘She was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,’ Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe (pictured) told the jury Monday

Prosecutors have labeled Ghislaine Maxwell a ‘sophisticated predator’ in their closing arguments this morning.

‘She was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,’ Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe told the jury Monday. ‘She ran the same play book again and again and again.’

‘She was a grown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids,’ she added. ‘Maxwell was the key to the whole operation.’

Prosecutors reiterated the allegations made during the weeks-long trial that Maxwell acted as Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘right hand’ who caused ‘deep’ and ‘lasting harm’ to young girls.

Four of Maxwell’s siblings – Kevin, Isabel, Ian and Christine – arrived to court to support their sister Monday.

Isabel and Kevin Maxwell have shown up daily to support Ghislaine.

Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome was also seen arriving with the hopes for a conviction.

Ahead of closing arguments, federal prosecutors released photos and videos into evidence, including video of a raid of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion in 2005.

There were several images of Maxwell accuser Annie Farmer, who testified last week that she was abused at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch when she was 16.

Also submitted was a photo of two boxes of the Twin Torpedo sex toy that was recovered by the FBI at Epstein’s home.

Prosecutor Moe said that the evidence included testimony from housekeepers, victims and bank receipts which showed Epstein wiring $30million to Maxwell.

She said that the evidence was ‘clear and consistent and it shows only one conclusion: Maxwell is guilty.’

Moe said she wanted to talk the jury through eight different reasons why they should convict Maxwell.

The first was that she and Epstein were ‘partners in crime’, the crime in question being the ‘sexual exploitation of young girls’.

Moe said: ‘Maxwell was Epstein’s right hand and for many years they were in a romantic relationship. They were partners.’

Moe told the jury about an essay that Maxwell had written in which she talked about how she had been with Epstein for 11 years and that they were ‘great partners and best friends’.

Moe told the jury: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, when you are with someone for 11 years you know what they like. Epstein liked underage girls. He liked to touch underage girls. Maxwell knew it. Make no mistake, Maxwell was crucial to the whole scheme. Epstein could not have done this alone’.

Moe said that a single, middle aged man showing an interest in teenage girls would come off as ‘creepy’.

She said: ‘That sets off alarm bells. But when that man is accompanied by a posh, smiling, respectable, age appropriate woman, that’s when everything starts to seem legitimate’.

When that woman asks the girls to give that man a massage, it ‘lures them into a trap’.

Moe said: ‘It allows that man to get away with molesting these girls. Maxwell was key to the whole operation’.

Moe told the jury about photos that had been introduced into evidence including one of Maxwell and Epstein swimming naked in a pool.

Another, which had been made public, showed Maxwell massaging Epstein’s foot with her breasts.

Moe said: ‘What you are looking at are two people in a sexual relationship. They were partners’.

Further evidence they were partners came from the 58-page household manual from Epstein’s Palm Beach home which Moe said Maxwell wrote.

She said: ‘These were the rules that Maxwell put in place…this makes clear she was the lady of the house’.

Moe said that the idea put forward by the defense that Maxwell was ‘just an employee’ was nonsense.

She said: ‘Of course Maxwell knew what was going on in that house. She had an iron grip on what was happening there’.

Moe told the jury about testimony from Juan Alessi, the former Palm Beach house manager, who said that after Epstein’s massages with young girls, he had to clean off the sex toys and put them in a basket in Maxwell’s bathroom.

Maxwell wrote a list of 13 different kinds of oils and lotions to be used during the massages.

Moe said: ‘Again and again the evidence shows you how closely Maxwell was involved in Epstein’s so called massages.

‘She managed all the details right down to the lotions and oils. She was in on the whole thing’.

Among the instructions in the household manual was the command to staff to ‘hear nothing, see nothing and say nothing.’

Moe said that the jury knew ‘exactly why’ Maxwell wanted such rules in place: ‘It’s because she was Epstein’s partner in crime. In that house behind closed doors Maxwell and Epstein were committing horrifying crimes’.

The second reason why the jury should find Maxwell guilty is that she ‘ran the same playbook’ with all of her victims, Moe said.

She said that the similarities between the four accusers in the case were ‘incredibly powerful evidence of the defendant’s guilty’.

Maxwell helped to select victims who were ‘vulnerable’ and struggling, Ms Moe said.

Jane was 14 years old and her father had just died. Annie was 16 and wanted to go to college. Kate was 17 and was ‘dazzled’ by Maxwell. Carolyn was living with an alcoholic mother and had been abused when she was four.

Maxwell and Epstein would invite them to his house in New York, his ranch in New Mexico or his home in Palm Beach to ‘isolate’ them.

Moe said: ‘That was by design. It was Maxwell’s design. Maxwell was hanging out with these girls and isolating them and befriending them’.

Once the girls were alone Maxwell began to ‘normalize’ talk about sex and then sexual contact, Moe said, citing the massage that Maxwell gave to Annie Farmer.

In fact Maxwell touched the breasts of three of the accusers, Moe said.

She told the jury: ‘They were kids in massage rooms on massage tables…it’s powerful evidence of the defendant’s guilt’.

All the girls described interacting with the ‘same woman,’ Moe said.

She said: ‘They knew her as charming, sophisticated….a woman who moved in social circles that were intimidating.

‘The relationships Maxwell cultivated with these girls were essential to the scheme….Maxwell helped established a close relationship that became the cover for sexual abuse.’

Moe said that reason number three for a conviction was Jane’s story.

She claimed that Maxwell and Epstein recruited her at the age of 14 at and arts camp in Michigan and flew her around his homes where she was repeatedly abuse.

One of the first instances of normalizing sex was Maxwell being topless by the pool at Epstein’s Palm Beach home.

Moe told the jury: ‘By the way, you know that’s true because you have seen Maxwell topless by the pool too’, referring to the photo they had been shown

Moe said that such behavior had a ‘purpose’ which was ‘setting the stage for what came next’.

Maxwell became Jane’s ‘big sister’ and made it seem like this was all ‘casual’ and ‘normal’, Moe said.

She said: ‘None of it was normal. It was not OK. It was deeply disturbing. They were molesting an underage girl. That’s what Maxwell did’.

Moe said that Maxwell played an ‘essential role’ in the massages and, as Jane testified, she was the person who was ‘most frequently in the room when Epstein molested her’

The abuse went on for years and Maxwell and Epstein saw Jane ‘literally growing up in front of their eyes’, Moe said.

She said: ‘She turned 15, 16 and 17. They maintained a coercive relationship that went on until her early 20s’.

As she wrapped up her two hour and ten minute closing statement, Moe mocked the defense opening that Maxwell was being blamed for something a man did.

In fact Maxwell ‘made her own choices’, Moe said.

Moe agreed with the defense claim that the case was about ‘memory, money and manipulation’ only ‘not in the way’ they described.

In particular she urged the jury to think about the $300 that Carolyn was paid for massages with Epstein and compare it to the $30m that Epstein gave to Maxwell.

Moe dismissed the evidence of ‘false memory’ expert Elizabeth Loftus, a defense expert witness, as a ‘total distraction’

Maxwell’s lawyers had to discredit the victims because the truth was that their testimony was ‘devastating’ against her.

She said: ‘Your common sense tells you that the witnesses are not lying and cannot be all misremembering the same thing.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail – By DANIEL BATES AT THE THURGOOD MARSHALL UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE, NYC