Ghislaine Maxwell trial update LIVE – Prince Andrew faces lawsuit as Jeffrey Epstein 'island' claims emerge during trial

PRINCE Andrew is asking for accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre's lawsuit to be thrown out, as Ghislaine Maxwell could take the stand in her bombshell trial, once it resumes on Thursday.

The Duke of York and his legal team said his accuser has a  “tendency to change her story," as they fight to get the case tossed.

Giuffre has alleged that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17, and that one of the assaults occurred on Jeffrey Epstein's paedo island.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial rested on Friday after a number of witnesses were called over 10 days, including four alleged accusers and two of Epstein's former pilots.

As they made their case, the prosecution showed the jury pictures of Maxwell giving Jeffrey Epstein a foot massage and a photo of the duo lounging in the Queen's cabin at Balmoral.

Maxwell is being charged with several felony counts, some of which include human trafficking charges.

She has denied all charges against her, and her lawyers argue she is being made a "scapegoat" for Epstein's crimes.

Maxwell will have the chance to take the stand herself, however, defense lawyers usually advise their clients against doing so.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who flew on the 'Lolita Express?'

    Former Epstein pilot Lawrence Visoski testified that former President Donald Trump was aboard Epstein’s distinctive Gulf Stream plane.

    The Sun reported in 2019 that Prince Andrew flew on a ­private jet with Epstein and his alleged 17-year-old sex slave Virginia Roberts.

    Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell travelled on the Lolita Express on a number of occasions, flight logs show.

    According to flight logs obtained by Fox News in 2016, former US president Bill Clinton was a passenger on the jet.

  • Jennifer Korn

    What was the 'Lolita Express?'

    Jeffrey Epstein was alleged to have used the plane to court underage girls and fly them between his residences across the US.

    The luxury Boeing 727 aircraft was owned by Epstein, though what exactly happened on the flights remains a close guarded secret.

    Victims of Epstein say he organised orgies on board the three-engine commercial jet.

    The luxury aircraft boasted deluxe furnishings, a spacious galley, expansive cabin lounge and a master bedroom.

    The pilot of the plane reportedly undertook around 1,000 flights during his time flying Epstein and others.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Epstein's aircraft fleet

    Epstein’s aircraft fleet included a Hawker Siddeley 125, a Gulfstream G2B and a helicopter.

    There was also a Boeing 727, which is more than 130ft long, that was dubbed the “Lolita Express” amid claims he used it to fly underage girls around the world.

    That plane was fitted with an office dubbed “the red room” because of its furniture, a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a lounge area with a huge round sofa, plus a “full decked-out” kitchen.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Pilot testified he flew Virginia Roberts Giuffre

    David Rodgers is the second pilot to testify in the trial.

    He testified on Wednesday that he flew Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Epstein and a Maxwell accuser, a total of 32 times in the early 2000s.

    Most of the flights were from airports near Epstein’s properties in Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, and US Virgin Islands.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Virginia Giuffre’s shock surrogacy claims

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was recruited into Epstein’s sex trafficking ring by Maxwell when she was just a teen, said the two pressured her to help the couple deliver a baby.

    New unsealed documents detail the alleged abuse, including Giuffre’s allegations.

    By the time she turned 18, Giuffre claims Epstein lost interest in her.

    That’s when Epstein allegedly asked Giuffre to be the couple’s surrogate.

    She claims to have been offered a mansion in return for the baby, which would’ve been raised by Maxwell.

    Giuffre was able to escape instead of having to bear the child, ultimately fleeing to Australia where she now lives with her husband and children.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Buckingham Palace denies Prince Andrew allegations

    Buckingham Palace denied the allegation in 2015 saying “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Duke was “categorically untrue”.

    “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.

    “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Prince Andrew braces for hearing

    Prince Andrew has ordered his legal team to cancel their Christmas plans so they can focus on his sexual assault case, royal sources have claimed.

    The Duke of York is said to have told the US team they must leave “no stone unturned” ahead of his hearing due to take place on January 4.

    Andrew strongly denies Jeffrey Epstein sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims that the royal abused her three times when she was under 18. 

    And sources close to him now say the Duke is “totally consumed” by the legal battle and has been staying up late in the night to talk constantly with lawyers in California.

    They told The Mirror: “The tension in the camp is palpable.

    “No one is really sure what Andrew’s involvement is other than asking a lot of questions, but he spends his days and nights poring over documents.

    “He is totally consumed by it, keeping most irregular working hours so he can be in contact with his team.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Virginia Roberts’ claims

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre – as she’s now known – has claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew in a toilet when she was 17, after he had allegedly plied her with vodka in a posh London club.

    The royal has vehemently denied the accusations against him, branding them “false” and “without foundation”.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who is Virginia Giuffre?

    Virginia Giuffre is 38-years-old and from Sacramento, California.

    She is married to Robert Giuffre and has three children.

    She is known for being a public victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, and has allegedly been trafficked to Prince Andrew.

    Giuffre is an advocate of justice for sex trafficking survivors, and she created a non-profit organization called Victims Refuse Silence, which is based in the US.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Maxwell and Epstein were ‘partners in crime’ say prosecutors

    Prosecutors have described Epstein and Maxwell as being “partners in crime” in the abuse of girls.

    The couple shared a bedroom at the Palm Beach mansion, with Maxwell helping in the running of the property.

    Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at the infamous property as part of the case.

    Other images include one that appears to be framed nude picture of Maxwell and were shown to the jury on Monday.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Maxwell’s brother says she thinks Epstein was murdered

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother, Ian, alleged that the accused madam believes disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein did not take his own life.

    Epstein was found hanged in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial for child sex charges in 2019.

    On Friday, Ghislaine’s older brother was asked about Epstein’s suicide.

    “I don’t buy a lot of the conspiracy theories at all. It so happens one of the conspiracy theories about my father is that he was murdered rather than committed suicide or died by accident,” Ian said.

    “And I would venture to believe that she may also think that Epstein was murdered… I do happen to think my sister does think that he was killed.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Maxwell allegedly name-dropped Trump, Prince Andrew

    A witness known as Kate told the court in New York last week that Maxwell would name-drop celebrities.

    Kate was asked by prosecutor Laura Pomerantz about Maxwell’s social circle to which she replied she “seemed to know everybody.”

    “She was friends with Prince Andrew, friends with Donald Trump,” she said.

    “Sometimes their names would just come up or she would be talking on the phone about them with me present.”

    Neither are accused of wrongdoing in relation to the case.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Maxwell’s New York socialite history

    Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York in the early 1990s after her father, the media mogul Robert Maxwell, died.

    She started dating Jeffrey Epstein in 1992 and remained in a close friendship until his fall from grace.

    The court heard during the December 8 and 9 trial that Maxwell and Epstein were in a romantic relationship.

    Prosecutors said that Maxwell and Epstein were “partners in crime” in the abuse of the girls.

    Maxwell would fly on his private jet, live with him in his mansions and eventually got her own five-story Manhattan townhouse.

    After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a “kind generous loving man."

  • Jennifer Korn

    58-page rule book

    Maxwell’s trial has heard Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged “madam” acted as the “Lady of the House” for the multimillionaire.

    And as part of that role, she is said to have handed out a 58-page rulebook to staff which included chilling instructions such as “see nothing, hear nothing”.

    Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, who worked at the paedo’s mansion in Palm Beach from 1990 to 2002 took the stand on day five.

    And he revealed Maxwell once handed him a hefty booklet with a checklist detailing the tasks he was to carry out to “maintain the house” – something he said he found “degrading”.

    The book, which was submitted into evidence and was written by a “Countess”, the court heard, was released showing yet more strict rules staff members were told to follow.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Creepy ‘schoolgirl outfit’ claim

    An alleged victim told a court that Ghislaine Maxwell laid out a schoolgirl outfit for her to wear while serving tea to Jeffrey Epstein.

    The former actress, who was giving evidence at Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial under the pseudonym “Kate”, said she the socialite when she was 17.

    After being invited to her home in Belgravia, central London, the teen gave massages to Epstein, where he initiated sex acts, the New York court heard.

    Kate, now 44, also testified that Maxwell once gave her a small schoolgirl’s costume and told her to wear it while serving tea to Epstein, which she did.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Maxwell’s brother claims she’s being ‘tortured’

    Kevin alleged in an interview with GMB that “what we’re seeing and witnessing on a daily basis is not care, it’s abuse.”

    “She got fed a pack of crisps all day today. I consider this regime imposed on anyone, consecutively for 524 days, is abuse and is torture,” he claimed.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Where is Ghislaine Maxwell now?

    She has been detained since July 2020 at a Brooklyn detention center, where she has complained about her alleged ill-treatment.

    Her trial began on November 29, 2021, and is not expected to conclude until after the holiday season.

    She has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in relation to her relationship with pedophile financier Epstein.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Defense has accused alleged victim of lying for cash

    Maxwell has previously claimed that one alleged victim, Annie Farmer, fabricated her accusations because she wanted money.

    One of Maxwell’s lawyers wrote: “The fact that plaintiff seeks money from the estate and from Ms Maxwell in the millions of dollars at the same time she is a government witness in an upcoming criminal trial on the same topic is reason enough to suspect that her newly asserted memories of abuse without corroboration are not based on the truth or a desire for ‘justice,’ so much as her desire for cash.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Farmer believed she would receive tuition support

    Farmer said she believed Epstein would help her pay for her college education, and expected other students to be at the ranch – which there weren’t.

    While at the ranch, Maxwell offered to give Farmer a massage, Farmer testified.

    Farmer, now 42, agreed to receive the massage and got undressed, she said. Maxwell touched her breasts during the massage, Farmer said.

    “Once she pulled down the sheet I felt kind of frozen,” Farmer said.

    Later on during the trip, Farmer said Epstein came into her room and climbed into bed with her.

    “Suddenly Epstein kind of opened my door, bounding into the room in a playful way, saying that he wanted to cuddle,” Farmer said, adding that Epstein “pressed his body into me.”

    She said she became uncomfortable and said she had to use the bathroom, which she described as an “excuse” to get away from Epstein.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Annie Farmer testifies in court

    Testifying at Maxwell’s ongoing sex trafficking and abuse trial in New York Friday, Annie Farmer said she met the disgraced financier and his alleged madam at just 16.

    Farmer – the only accuser taking to the stand under her real name – says Maxwell, 59, tried to coax her into a sexual encounter when she was a teen, alleging the pair plied her with gifts.

    She testified that Epstein took her to see the cinema with her older sister Maria – who was working for him at the time in New York – and during the film the multi-millionaire pedophile “caressed” her hand and then her leg.

    “I felt sick to my stomach. It wasn’t something that I was at all expecting,” she told the court. 

    She claimed that age of 16, she visited Epstein at his New Mexico ranch in the spring of 1996, where she met Maxwell for the first time.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who is Scott Borgerson?

    Scott Borgerson is the CEO of CargoMetrics.

    He lives in a £2.3million ocean-front mansion in Massachusetts, and his company was valued at $100million in 2020.

    He has been linked to Ghislaine Maxwell, and it is alleged that he is the British socialite’s “secret” husband.

    However, Borgerson has repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming that he and Maxwell are just old friends.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Does Ghislaine Maxwell have kids?

    Ghislaine Maxwell does not have any children of her own, but is reportedly the stepmother to her husband’s children from his first marriage.

    According to reports, Maxwell secretly wed tech millionaire Scott Borgerson in 2016.

    Maxwell’s own family didn’t know about the wedding until her bail hearing, according to her brother, Ian.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s romantic history, continued

    According to a 2009 deposition, several of Epstein’s household employees testified that Epstein referred to Maxwell as his “main girlfriend.”

    It is unclear exactly when or if their relationship went from romantic to platonic before he was jailed for soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.

    Following his initial release, the two were no longer seen in public together.

    Maxwell was then linked to the founder of Gateway Computers, Ted Waitt. The two attended Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding together in 2010, and Maxwell reportedly helped Waitt to renovate a luxury yacht, Plan B, before they eventually split.

    While the exact time and date of the wedding is unknown, Maxwell and Borgerson have been married since 2016.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s romantic history

    While Maxwell has not been married prior to her nuptials with Scott Borgerson, she has been linked to a series of high-profile men over the years.

    In the 1990s, Maxwell dated Count Gianfranco Cicogna, an Italian aristocrat and millionaire. According to reports, the two ended on bad terms.

    Following her relationship with Cicogna, Maxwell began dating Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself while behind bars in 2019.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Maxwell called Epstein “thoughtful, kind, generous”

    In 1992, Maxwell had a romantic relationship with American financier Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him up until his death on August 10 of 2019.

    After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a “kind generous loving man”.

    She stated he had a “keen sense of humor and ready smile” as she tried to get charges against him dropped in Palm Beach.

    Ghislaine is quoted as saying in a document obtained by The Sun: “My experience of Jeffrey, is of a thoughtful, kind generous loving man, with a keen sense of humor and a ready smile – a man of principles and values and a man of his word.”

    Maxwell is accused of luring children into the clutches of her former boyfriend and even taking part in some of the abuse – claims she strongly denies.

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