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Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Socialite pictured with Jeffrey Epstein at Queen’s Balmoral estate

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An image of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein together relaxing at the Queen’s log cabin at Balmoral was among photos released by prosecutors in a bid to show how the pair were “partners in crime”.

Prosecutors claim the photos seized from Epstein’s New York home in 2019 show how close the British socialite and the convicted sex offender were.

They also show a bare-chested Epstein getting his foot massaged by a smiling Maxwell sitting on an animal fur pouffe on his private jet - known as the Lolita Express.

Some appear to be taken by Epstein himself as his foot is pressed against Maxwell’s breast.

 (US District Court for the Southe)
(US District Court for the Southe)

In the photo taken on the Balmoral estate Maxwell casually rests her arm on his leg. It is unclear when the snap was taken but Prince Andrew reportedly hosted the pair in 1999.

The Queen has been pictured in the past seperately at the same log cabin.

 (Margaret Rhodes)
(Margaret Rhodes)

Other pictures show Maxwell and Epstein traveling the globe together; kissing on the cheek by the sea, lounging on superyachts and riding a motorbike together.

The images were obtained during an FBI raid on Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2019.

They emerged as Maxwell’s criminal trial entered its eighth day on Wednesday, after jurors heard testimony from three women who said they were teenagers when Maxwell set them up for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.

Prosecutors are expected to call one more alleged victim to take the stand, and may wrap up their case as soon as Thursday, about two weeks faster than they had originally forecast.

Maxwell on a super yacht (PA)
Maxwell on a super yacht (PA)

The defence would then have a chance to present a case. It is unclear whether Maxwell would testify, given the prospect she could face a lengthy cross-examination by prosecutors.

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Her lawyers have said her accusers' memories have been corrupted over the years, and that Maxwell is being scapegoated for Epstein's alleged conduct.

The globetrotting investor died by suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting his own sex abuse trial.

Jeffrey and Ghislaine embrace (PA)
Jeffrey and Ghislaine embrace (PA)

Two of the women who have testified, identified as Jane and Carolyn, said they had sexual contact with Epstein starting when they were 14.

Carolyn's case underlies Maxwell's sex trafficking charge, because she was allegedly paid for interactions with Epstein. She said the encounters began as massages before escalating.

In more than four hours of often tearful testimony on Tuesday, Carolyn recalled telling Maxwell about her troubled childhood, including that her mother was an alcoholic and that she was molested by her grandfather at age 4.

She also said she was nude and preparing to massage Epstein, when Maxwell once fondled her.

"What she did was wrong," Carolyn said.

Maxwell's lawyers have argued that Carolyn, Jane and a third woman who testified for the government, Kate, had incentives to implicate Maxwell because they received seven-figure settlements from a compensation fund for Epstein's victims.

Kate was described as a victim in the 2021 indictment against Maxwell, but U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled that her encounters with Epstein were not illegal because she was old enough to consent.

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