A pilot testified on Wednesday that considered one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers flew aboard the intercourse offender’s non-public airplane on at the least 4 events — three of them with Ghislaine Maxwell.
The testimony of David Rodgers, who served as Epstein’s non-public pilot for 28 years, appeared to again up the account delivered to the jury final week by a lady who is among the authorities’s chief witnesses in opposition to Maxwell in her prison intercourse trafficking trial.
The witness, referred to as “Jane” to guard her id, informed jurors that she first met Epstein and Maxwell in 1994 when she was 14-years-old and attending an arts camp in Michigan. She claimed that he started abusing her quickly after, typically with Maxwell’s participation. Jane additionally claimed to have ridden overseas Epstein’s non-public jets on a number of events, together with with Britain’s Prince Andrew.
On Wednesday, Rodgers pinpointed these dates, primarily based on a private flight log he maintained. The primary time he met Jane, he stated, was November 11, 1996, when she and Epstein flew from Palm Seaside to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. “She was a passenger on our flight,” Rodgers stated, including: “She’s flown with Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and different individuals as properly.”
In line with his log ebook, the trio flew from Teterboro to Santa Fe, New Mexico — the place Epstein owns a ranch — on Could 9, 1997. In one of the crucial affecting moments in her testimony, Jane informed jurors about an incident on the ranch when she sank into terror one evening after Maxwell ordered her to go to Epstein’s bed room.
The flight log additionally confirmed Jane flying on Could 3, 1998 with Epstein, Maxwell and hedge fund supervisor Glenn Dubin and his spouse Eva from Palm Seaside to Teterboro, Rodgers stated. She was listed once more on a March 2001 flight from Santa Fe to Palm Seaside.
Maxwell’s lawyer, Christian Everdell, sought to discredit Rodgers’ recollection on cross-examination, noting that solely Jane’s first identify appeared in his log for the primary three flights and that Epstein had an worker with the identical first identify. However Rodgers, who described Maxwell as “very energetic” and having a “nice character”, appeared to carry quick.
“I’ve solely flown two individuals with that identify and the second particular person I solely met in September 2003, so it couldn’t have been her,” he replied.
Rodgers stated that he didn’t imagine on the time that any of the ladies who flew unaccompanied on Epstein’s planes have been beneath the age of 18, and that he had not witnessed something that led him to imagine that sexual behaviour had occurred aboard.
The flight logs are related not solely to determine Jane’s credibility but additionally as a result of the intercourse trafficking prices in opposition to Maxwell allege that she helped transport women throughout state strains for Epstein to abuse.
Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing. Her legal professionals have claimed that Jane and different witnesses have been motivated by payouts from a sufferer compensation fund, or had misremembered occasions.
The logs confirmed one other distinguished Epstein accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, on at the least 32 flights. Maxwell was additionally current for a lot of of these flights.
Earlier on Wednesday, a former boyfriend of one other accuser informed jurors how he had repeatedly pushed her to Epstein’s home to supply sexualised massages, beginning when she was 14. She would emerge about an hour later, he stated, with hundred greenback payments.
“She was a baby,” stated the person, recognized solely by his first identify, Shawn.
Shawn additionally testified that his then-girlfriend, Carolyn, had informed him a couple of girl with an English accent at Epstein’s home who helped organize a number of the classes. Carolyn, who dropped out of college in seventh grade, known as her “Maxwell”, he stated, as a result of “she couldn’t pronounce [Ghislaine] . . . It was overseas to her.”
Maxwell faces greater than 70 years in jail if convicted on all counts. The fees in opposition to her embrace intercourse trafficking, intercourse trafficking conspiracy and prices associated to facilitating the journey of minors for sexual acts.
The federal government is anticipated to relaxation its case this week.