Portrait of American financier Jeffrey Epstein (left) and actual property developer Donald Trump as they pose collectively on the Mar-a-Lago property, Palm Seaside, Florida, 1997.
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A lady who says she was sexually abused by late intercourse legal and financier Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell testified Wednesday that Epstein took her to fulfill Donald Trump at his Florida membership when she was 14 years outdated.
The girl, in testimony at Maxwell’s federal intercourse crimes trial, didn’t allege any improper conduct by Trump when she met him at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Nor did the lady characterize what occurred at that assembly, which she confirmed underneath cross-examination by Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger in U.S. District Courtroom in Manhattan.
However the lady, who was testifying underneath the pseudonym “Jane,” additionally stated she had competed within the 1998 Miss Teen USA magnificence pageant, an occasion related to Trump.
A spokeswoman for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Maxwell is charged with procuring Jane and different then-underage ladies to be sexually abused by Epstein, a cash supervisor who for years socialized with Trump, former President Invoice Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and different rich and highly effective individuals.
Jane is the primary of these accusers to testify on the trial, which started Monday.
Her account of assembly Trump was described in an interview she gave federal investigators, which Menninger requested her about Wednesday.
“Mr. Epstein launched you to Donald Trump, appropriate?” Menninger requested.
Jane replied, “Sure.”
Jane stated Epstein took her to Mar-a-Lago in a darkish inexperienced automotive.
Ghislaine Maxwell talks together with her attorneys throughout her trial on fees of intercourse trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York Metropolis, November 30, 2021.
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Epstein died in August 2019 whereas in a Manhattan jail from what has been dominated a suicide by hanging whereas awaiting his personal trial on federal baby intercourse trafficking fees.
Epstein was arrested a month earlier than his demise.
Trump stated on the time that he was now not associates with Epstein and that that they had not spoken for as much as 15 years.
“I am not a fan of his,” Trump stated then.
However they was once chummy.
In 2002, Trump informed New York journal, “I’ve recognized Jeff for 15 years. Terrific man.”
“He is plenty of enjoyable to be with,” Trump stated then. “It’s even stated that he likes lovely girls as a lot as I do, and lots of of them are on the youthful facet.”
The New York Occasions in 2019 reported that in 1992, a Florida businessman at Trump’s request had organized a “calendar woman” competitors at Mar-a-Lago.
“I organized to have some contestants fly in,” the businessman, George Houraney, informed the Occasions.
“On the very first get together, I stated, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I’ve 28 ladies coming.’ It was him [Trump] and Epstein.”
“I stated, ‘Donald, that is presupposed to be a celebration with V.I.P.s. You are telling me it is you and Epstein?'” Houraney recalled.
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