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Defiant Maxwell says sex crimes charges ‘not proven’

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New York (AFP) – A defiant Ghislaine Maxwell said Friday that prosecutors had failed to prove her guilty of sex crimes, as her defense wound up in a trial that heard lurid claims she groomed minors for abuse by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. Speaking for the first time since her sensational trial opened late last month, the 59-year-old British socialite took the stand only to say she would not be testifying. “Your honor, the government has not proven its case beyond reasonable doubt so there is no need for me to testify,” Maxwell told New York judge Alison Nathan. Prosecutor Maurene Comey…

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