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Maxwell Prosecutors Rest After Casting Her as Epstein’s ‘No. 2’

  • Four women said Maxwell was integral to Epstein’s sex abuse
  • Jurors will return Dec. 16 to start hearing the defense case
The Federal Court in New York.
Photographer: Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg

Prosecutors in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial rested their case after two weeks of sometimes graphic testimony by four women who allege the British socialite lured them into abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.

The government’s case came to a close sooner than expected in what was originally scheduled to be a six-week trial. Jurors will return to the courtroom on Dec. 16 to start hearing the defense case. Maxwell’s lawyers said they will call witnesses but were having scheduling difficulties due to the approaching holidays.