Maxwell jury has no verdict after second day of deliberations

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Maxwell jury has no verdict after second day of deliberations

She won’t be home for Christmas.

The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial failed to reach a verdict Wednesday — pushing deliberations into next week as jurors head home for the long holiday weekend.

On Wednesday afternoon, the panel requested transcripts for three witnesses who testified in the case against the accused Jeffrey Epstein madam as it entered its 16th hour of deliberations across three days.

The jury asked for testimony from Maxwell accusers Jane and Kate, as well as Epstein’s longtime housekeeper Juan Alessi, in a note sent at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

About an hour later, the panel was dismissed for the day until Monday.

Jane, a key witness for prosecutors, alleged she was recruited by Epstein and Maxwell, whose birthday is on Christmas Day, at the age of 14 at a Michigan summer camp for the arts.

After she was lured into their orbit, Jane said she was abused by both Maxwell and Epstein and participated in group sex sessions with numerous other women at the age of 14.

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Witness Jane accused Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell of sexually abusing her and 14-year-old girls at a summer camp in Michigan.
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Kate, another accuser who took the stand, told jurors that Maxwell asked her to recruit other girls she knew to give Epstein oral sex.

“She would ask me if I knew anybody to come and give Jeffrey a blowjob because it was a lot for her to do,” Kate told jurors on Dec. 6.

During a trip to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, Kate told jurors that Maxwell had arranged for her to have a schoolgirl outfit for her to wear as she brought Epstein tea.

Juan Alessi, meanwhile, testified about his longtime employment at Epstein’s Florida estate – including how he cleaned up sex toys after the financier’s massages.

“I remember finding a large dildo,” Alessi told jurors on Dec. 2. “It looked like a huge man’s penis with two heads.”

He recalled wrapping up the sex toy and taking it to the sink and running water over it before putting it in a wicker basket inside Maxwell’s bedroom closet.

Jurors will return to Manhattan federal court to continue deliberating Monday. They are weighing six charges against the disgraced British socialite — including sex trafficking, which carries as much as a 40-year sentence.

Isabel Maxwell, sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrives at the court amid jury deliberations on Dec. 22, 2021.
Isabel Maxwell, sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrives at the court amid jury deliberations on Dec. 22, 2021.
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Empty seats are seen as the jury continues deliberations during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 22, 2021.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial will continue after Christmas as the jury didn’t reach a verdict.
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She faces up to 70 years if convicted on all counts.

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