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Epstein Victim Breaks Down on Stand After Maxwell Lawyers Accuse Her of Speaking Out for Money

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During the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on Wednesday, the first of her accusers — identified as “Jane” — broke down in tears on the stand during her testimony.

Maxwell faces several charges related to her alleged complicity and participation in the sex crimes committed by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

According to the Independent, Jane gave graphic testimony of her abuse by Epstein, which began when Jane was a mere 14 years old.

She claimed that Maxwell not only groomed her for sexual abuse but also participated in the abuse itself.

“I was abused pretty much every time that I would go over to his house, and it all started to seem the same after a while — whether it was just him or there were other women involved, or me and Jeffrey and Ghislaine, it all started to seem the same,” Jane said, according to the New York Daily News.

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“After a while, you just become numb to it.”

The defense team implied that Jane had ulterior motives for testifying against Maxwell.

An expert following the case told Law & Crime that the defense is arguing that “‘Jane’ was motivated to change her story by the creation of the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund.”

In total, Jane received roughly $2.9 million of a $5 million settlement.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe, hoping to undermine the defense’s implication, asked Jane about the money she had received.

“Jane, in your own words, can you tell the jury what that money meant to you?” Moe asked Jane.

It was then that Jane broke down.

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“I wish I never received that money in the first place because of what happened,” she responded.

If this emotional testimony was not enough to convince the jury, Jane’s boyfriend — another anonymous witness referred to as “Matt” — provided additional evidence to back up her claims.

According to Law & Crime, Matt testified that Jane “told him the same story years before the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund was created.”

Maxwell’s defense team declined the opportunity to cross-examine Matt.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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