Ghislaine Maxwell wants to stop pictures of sex toys being shown at trial
Ghislaine Maxwell being portrayed as 'already guilty' says brother
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The socialite’s lawyers have said they do not want a jury to be told about “Twin Torpedo” vibrators found at Mr Epstein’s mansion in 2005. However, prosecutors want to show a picture of the sex toys as evidence in the sex trafficking case against her which is occurring this month. One said: “This photograph is corroborative of witness testimony, which is expected to describe the presence of sex toys.
“And that the defendant and Epstein used sex toys during their abuse.”
Ms Maxwell’s lawyers said the picture of the sex toys was “inadmissible” and “not relevant”.
Lawyer Jeffrey Pagliuca said: “No witness will identify these items as having been in Ms Maxwell’s possession or used in connection with any crime alleged in the indictment.”
Ms Maxwell was recently seen at a pre-hearing in New York.
Later this month she will be tried in the downtown Manhattan courtroom of US District Court Judge Alison J Nathan.
At the time of her arrest, Audrey Strauss, then the acting Manhattan US attorney, claimed Ms Maxwell “played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims”.
Following her arrest, he added that she also, “in some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse”.
The indictment against her has charged that she “would try to normalise sexual abuse for a minor victim by, among other things, discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when a minor victim was undressed.
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“She would also be present for sex acts involving the minor victim and Epstein”.
The trial will begin on 29 November.
Ms Maxwell is the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell.
She has been held on remand at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre since her arrest in July 2020.
She is accused of trafficking underage girls for multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.
US Federal prosecutors have charged her with conspiracy and enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
However, Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
She has firmly denied all of the allegations against her.
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