Ghislaine Maxwell’s ex-assistant dishes on Epstein relationships

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Ghislaine Maxwell's ex-assistant dishes on Epstein relationships

Ghislaine Maxwell’s former executive assistant testified on Thursday that Jeffrey Epstein once had her send flowers to another woman — who dated the sex offender before allegedly moving on to Donald Trump.

Cimberly Espinosa — the first witness called by the defense in Maxwell’s federal sex-trafficking trial in Manhattan — told the jury about her time working side by side with the British socialite from about 1996 until 2002.

At first, Maxwell and Epstein “were a couple,” Espinosa testified, describing how the two were “flirty” with each other at the financier’s Madison Avenue office, where she worked before becoming Maxwell’s assistant.

However, Espinosa claimed Epstein asked her to send flowers to another woman, Celina Midelfart, during that time — behind Maxwell’s back.

Midelfart, a Norway native and granddaughter of the founder of Midelfart cosmetics, would visit Epstein’s office, and “I felt like Jeffrey liked her very much.”

“Yeah, they were together,” Espinosa said. “They were a couple.”

Ghislaine Maxwell speaks with Bobbi Sternheim as defense witness Cimberly Espinosa is questioned by lawyer Christian Everdell on Dec. 16, 2021.
Ghislaine Maxwell speaks with Bobbi Sternheim as defense witness Cimberly Espinosa is questioned by lawyer Christian Everdell on Dec. 16, 2021.
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Last week, Epstein’s private pilot David Rodgers testified that he believed Epstein and Midelfart were in a romantic relationship around 1996, when she was in her 20s or early 30s.

The blonde heiress is rumored to have been the woman Trump dumped in order to date his third and current wife, Melania Trump in 1998. Midelfart, however, has denied to the press that they were romantically involved.

Over time, Espinosa said Maxwell and Epstein “kind of went their separate ways” and began dating other people.


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Maxwell, for instance, started a relationship with American billionaire businessman Ted Waitt, Espinosa testified.

The 55-year-old California resident told the jury that she “looked up” to Epstein’s accused madam.

“I highly respected Ghislaine,” Espinosa testified. “I looked up to her very much.”

Espinosa, now an executive assistant to a CEO in the Golden State, said she learned a lot from Maxwell and had “fun” working for her, despite her being a “demanding boss.”

Defense attorney Christian Everdell, (left at podium,) questions the first defense witness Cimberly Espinoza, Ghislaine Maxwell's former assistant as Judge Alison Nathan, center, listens from the bench, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in New York.
Defense attorney Christian Everdell questions the first defense witness Cimberly Espinoza, Ghislaine Maxwell’s former assistant as Judge Alison Nathan, center, listens from the bench on Dec. 16, 2021.
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The former assistant described Maxwell as Epstein’s “property manager,” and detailed how she was tasked with at times arranging his travel or keeping his many homes stocked with his favorite foods from New York.

Espinosa testified about seeing other women cycle through Epstein’s Manhattan office, including Midelfart, British children’s book author Shelley Lewis and another of his associates, Gwendolyn Beck.

She also recalled seeing “Jane” — the first accuser to testify against Maxwell — claiming the girl looked “probably 18.”

Espinosa said she was told Jane was Epstein’s goddaughter and that, “I felt it was a loving relationship.”

Ghislaine Maxwell, left, sits at the defense table before the start of her trial with defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in New York.
Ghislaine Maxwell sits at the defense table before the start of her trial with defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim on Dec. 16, 2021.
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She described Epstein as a “giver,” saying he was “generous” and paid for the tuition of his employee’s children, while also handing out free tickets to see “The Lion King” on Broadway to his staff.

After Jane moved to California to act on a soap opera, Espinosa — who was a big fan of the show — said the actress mailed her photos of herself and the cast.

Espinosa denied ever seeing Maxwell or Epstein engage in inappropriate activity with underage girls.

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