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Maxwell lawyers open defense in sex crimes trial

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New York (AFP) – Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers began their defense Thursday in her sex trafficking trial, calling the British socialite’s former assistant as a witness in an attempt to discredit one of her accusers. The 59-year-old Maxwell is accused of grooming underage girls to be sexually exploited by her long-time partner Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy American financier who killed himself in jail two years ago while awaiting trial. She has pleaded not guilty to six counts of enticing and transporting minors for sex. The first witness called by the defense was Cimberly Espinosa, who said she w…

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