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“She came in and felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks and said I had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends,” the woman identified in court as “Carolyn” told the jury, according to NBC News.
Carolyn, now in her 30s, was the third accuser to testify against Maxwell, who is facing sex trafficking charges, and described the role the British socialite allegedly had in grooming her for sexual encounters with the now deceased financier.
According to her account, Carolyn was introduced to Maxwell and Epstein by Virginia Roberts Giuffre—an outspoken accuser of Epstein who has alleged both Maxwell and Epstein sexually trafficked her as a teenager.
Giuffre is not expected to testify during the trial.
Carolyn said that she agreed to go to Epstein’s Palm Beach home after Giuffre told her she’d be able to make some money by visiting “her friend,” CNN reports.
Giuffre dressed her in a provocative outfit and then took her through the kitchen of the home, where they met Maxwell, before going upstairs to Epstein’s bathroom to set up a massage table, she said.
Carolyn testified that Giuffre completely undressed, while she left her bra and panties on, before they began to massage Epstein. After 45 minutes, she said Epstein rolled over and began to have sex with Giuffre while she watched nearby on an “ugly” couch.
“I was sitting on the couch right in front of them,” she testified, according to NBC News.
After the incident was over, she found three $100 bills left for her on the bathroom sink.
In the years that would follow, Carolyn testified she returned to the home “over 100 times” starting around 2001 to have sexual interactions with Epstein, pose for nude photos or engage in sexual acts with Epstein and another woman.
“Something sexual happened every single time,” she testified, adding that on one occasion Epstein stopped using a sex toy on her after she pleaded with him to stop.
For each encounter, Carolyn said she was paid between $300 to $400, unless she brought another girl along and then her cut rose to $600.
She testified that she often used the money to buy drugs.
“Marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, anything that could block out for me to go to the appointment,” she said on the stand, according to CNN.
According to Carolyn, the appointments were often arranged by Maxwell, who she regularly saw in the home. She said Maxwell saw her naked in the massage room three times, including the time where she conducted her own personal inspection of Carolyn’s body and testified that Maxwell was aware she was only 14 years old, The New York Times reports. While she said the couple had wanted to take her to Epstein’s private island, she told them she was too young and her mother wouldn’t allow her to leave the country.
At the age of 16, she got pregnant and had a baby and stopped visiting Epstein’s home for a while.
When she returned to try to get money so that she could care for her child, she testified that Epstein asked her if she had any younger friends.
“That’s when I realized I was too old,” she said, according to CNN.
Under cross examination, defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca honed in on discrepancies between Carolyn’s testimony and statements she’d made during a 2007 meeting with the FBI and a deposition in 2009—including once stating that she had never had sex with Epstein.
“I replied no because I was not a willing participant,” Carolyn responded on the stand, according to The New York Times. “He had intercourse with me and I stopped it.”
Carolyn allegedly received nearly $450,000 in settlements.
After her alleged interactions with Epstein and Maxwell, Carolyn continued to live a troubled life and later pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and possession of stolen property. She also worked for a time as a paid escort.
Carolyn told the jurors that she still takes an opioid blocker for her past addictions and takes a medication related to schizophrenia.
She lives in constant fear, she said, that her own daughters could one day become victims of sexual trafficking.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
Her defense attorneys have contended that prosecutors have targeted her because they can’t go after Epstein, who died in his jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on his own sex trafficking charges.
For more on the case, watch Peacock’s “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell.”
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