Video Of Raid On Epstein's Palm Beach House Released By Prosecutors In Maxwell Trial
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Federal prosecutors have released a video of a raid on Jeffrey Epstein's Florida mansion that took place in 2005, as part of a slew of new exhibits that have been made public as part of Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial.
The hour-long video shows Palm Beach police officers inside Epstein's home with guns out.
While inside, they come across various odd looking paintings of naked women hanging on the wall and a portrait of Maxwell herself, holding a dog inside a marble-walled room. Maxwell also appears to feature topless in a photo.
The video of the raid was first published in August 2019, after Epstein had committed suicide behind bars while he awaited trial on his own sex-trafficking charges.
According to Palm Beach Sgt. Michael Dawson - who took the stand during Maxwell's trial - the police were looking for massage tables and oils and sex toys, as well as journals and correspondence, during the raid.
The footage is one of a number of materials that were made public on Monday (20 December), just before the government and Maxwell's defense attorneys began their closing arguments in the high-profile case over her alleged involvement in sex trafficking for the millionaire.
Other exhibits also included several photos of a young Annie Farmer, one of Maxwell's accusers.
She testified on Friday that the disgraced British socialite had given her a nude massage and groped her at Epstein's New Mexico ranch when she was a teen.
Farmer is the only accuser to have testified using her full name. She claimed in court that she was lured to the ranch after meeting Epstein through her sister a few months earlier because she thought the duo viewed her as a 'student they may want to help'.
Maxwell's attendance at the ranch apparently convinced Farmer that it would be fine to go to the ranch, given that she understood her to be Epstein's girlfriend at the time.
Several others have alleged that Epstein sexually abused them inside his Florida home under the guise of massages.
Two of the other alleged victims, Jane and Kate, testified using pseudonyms while the fourth, Carolyn, took the stand using just her first name.
What they have in common is that all of them stated that they were teenagers when they were lured in by Maxwell and Epstein, before being sexually exploited - with the alleged incidents taking place during the 1990s and early 2000s.
For her part, Maxwell has pleaded not guilty. The 59 year-old decided not to testify at her trial, telling the court that she didn't believe that prosecutors had not proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, she's facing up to 70 years in prison if she's convicted on all six counts that she's up for, including sex-trafficking of minors and enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
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