NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein who was charged with sex trafficking after the financier’s death, will not take the stand in her own defense.

Alison J. Nathan, U.S. District Judge asked Maxwell to appear in court on Friday afternoon. She explained that Maxwell was entitled to testify in her defense or decline.

“Your honor, the government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt so there is no reason for me to testify,” Maxwell responded.

Maxwell’s lawyers have offered a spirited defense, portraying her as a scapegoat targeted by the governmentEpstein was killed in federal prison while waiting for his own trial on sex trafficking.

Maxwell, aged 59, pleaded not guilty in the absence of charges for sextrafficking. interactions with four teenage girlsFrom 1994 to 2004. This span was 1994 to 2004. Maxwell was romantically involved with and then later worked for Epstein.

While she won’t testify before the jury, Maxwell has seemed active in her defense throughout the three weeks of the trial, frequently writing notes to her lawyers and hugging them as she enters and leaves court each day.

That defense called another of Jeffrey Epstein’s one-time paramours to the stand earlier Friday: a former Miss Sweden, New York City doctor and tabloid fixture who told the jury that she trusted the financier with her young daughters and denied taking part in a group sexual encounter with a key accuser.

Eva Andersson-Dubin, 60, testified that she dated Epstein “off and on” from 1983 to the early 1990s, before he dated Maxwell.

Epstein and Andersson Dubin were friends even after their breakup. She married Glenn Dubin in 1994 and had three kids with him.

One of the key accusers in the Maxwell trial, identified in court only as “Jane” to protect her identity, testified that a woman named “Eva” joined a group sexual experience with Epstein.

On Friday, Andersson-Dubin was asked by one of Maxwell’s attorneys if she had ever been in a group sexual encounter with Jane.

“Absolutely not,” she responded.

Asked if she had ever been in a group sexualized massage of Epstein with Jane, she responded: “I have not.”

Later, Andersson Dubin confessed to memory issues during cross-examination.

“It’s very hard for me to remember anything far back,” Andersson-Dubin said. “My family notices it, I notice it. It’s been an issue.”

The Dubins have denied knowing anything about Epstein’s sexual misconduct, but were publicly supportive of Epstein when he initially was prosecuted and convicted of sex crimes in Florida in 2008. Another Epstein accuser whose allegations are not part of Maxwell’s trial, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, has said that she was trafficked to Glenn Dubin,She is also surrounded by powerful men, many of whom deny her accounts.

As the Dubin children — including two daughters — grew up, they sometimes joined their parents on flights with Epstein, Andersson-Dubin said.

She testified that Epstein was fond of her children and the children viewed him like an uncle, sometimes calling him “Uncle F,” an apparent abbreviation of his name, minus the “J.”

When Andersson-Dubin was asked by a defense lawyer if she ever witnessed any inappropriate conduct between Epstein and teenage girls, she responded: “I did not.”

The testimony came on the second day of Maxwell’s defense presentation, which could be completed as early as the end of Friday. Nathan said that closing arguments may be held Monday. The jury will likely receive the case on Monday to commence its deliberations.


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