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Maxwell Trial Starts With Fight Over Role in Epstein Crimes

  • Defense attacks accusers, says Maxwell is Epstein ‘stand-in’
  • Prosecutors say Maxwell was a ‘partner in crime’ to Epstein
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Ghislane Maxwell Accuser Takes Stand in Sex-Trafficking Trial
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial kicked off with two starkly different narratives about who she is and why she has been charged with sex trafficking. 

Maxwell, 59, “is a convenient stand-in” for the failure to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes, defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim told jurors in a lower Manhattan courtroom Monday.