NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell was a dangerous and sophisticated predator who caused “deep and lasting harm” to young girls by recruiting and grooming them to be sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein, a prosecutor told jurors Monday during closing arguments.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe told the jury that Epstein could not have preyed on teenage girls for more than a decade without the help of the British socialite, who she described as the “lady of the house” as Epstein abused girls at a New York mansion, a Florida estate and a ranch in New Mexico.

Ghislaine Minwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s associate charged with sex trafficking in women, is shown here wearing an oversize loan coat in courtroom sketches in New York City. This was December 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
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“Ghislaine Maxwell was dangerous,” Moe told jurors who were spaced apart in a courtroom where numerous pandemic precautions were taken. “Maxwell and Epstein committed horrifying crimes.”

The prosecutor said Maxwell was a “sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing. She ran the same playbook again and again and again.”

“She manipulated her victims and groomed them. Young girls suffered lasting and grave harm from her. It is time to hold her accountable,” Moe said.

The summation was delivered at start of the fourth week of a trialOriginally, it was expected that this would take place for six weeks.

It will be followed by defense arguments, when Maxwell’s team will once again go back to the idea that she was made a scapegoat after Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan federal jail cell in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.

Maxwell, aged 59, was accompanied in court by four of his siblings. They sat together in the second row.

Moe, dressed in a white sweater and a black mask, faced Maxwell as she sat at her defense table. She wrote notes and occasionally turned the pages of the notebook.

The prosecutor told jurors that Maxwell was a “posh, smiling age-appropriate woman” who provided cover for Epstein’s “creepy” behavior.

Maxwell, since July 2020’s arrest has been held in jail without the possibility of being released on bail. Judge Alison J. Nathan has denied her bail repeatedly, despite her lawyer’s arguments that the pledge of her $22.5 million estate and a willingness to be watched 24 hours a day by armed guards would guarantee her appearance in court.

After two dozen witnesses from the prosecution testified, closing was reached. four women who say they were abused by EpsteinMaxwell helped them as teens.

Ex-employees of Epstein who have fond memories were present for the defense. The defense presentation also featured testimony by a memory expert who stated that memories can be corrupted with time.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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