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Ghislaine Maxwell defense working from familiar playbook in cross-examination of accusers

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NEW YORK — Attorneys for accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, echoing prior high-profile sexual abuse cases, launched a legal offensive against prosecution witnesses before presenting their defense. From opening arguments to cross-examination, lawyers for Maxwell — accused of procuring underage girls for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — focused on the witnesses’ past drug and alcohol use or mental illness, while suggesting in some cases they were motivated by money. “Now suddenly, after Epstein dies and she has a lawyer by her side, she now remembers all this horror that happened …

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