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Maxwell Defense Opens With Attempts to Undermine Accusers

  • Defense may wrap up as early as Friday, sooner than expected
  • Maxwell’s former assistant, memory expert, testified Thursday
This courtroom sketch shows Ghislaine Maxwell, left, conferring with her defense attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, before the start of her trial in New York on Dec. 9.

This courtroom sketch shows Ghislaine Maxwell, left, conferring with her defense attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, before the start of her trial in New York on Dec. 9.

Photographer: Elizabeth Williams/AP Photo
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers began their defense of the British socialite by calling her former personal assistant and a memory expert, in an attempt to undermine her accusers’ accounts of their alleged sexual abuse.

And in a surprise move, they said they may finish their case to the jury as early as Friday, depending on whether the judge allows them to call other witnesses. Last week, Maxwell’s team said they may call as many as 35 witnesses.