Defense lawyers in Ghislaine Maxwell's criminal trial on Tuesday asked the judge to block the brother of an accuser from testifying because they believe he may have been coached on what to say during a phone call between the siblings.
Prosecutors had anticipated on calling "Brian," the brother of "Jane," who testified last week that Maxwell had befriended, recruited, and groomed her to have sex with Epstein and his high-profile friends when she was 14 years old. Prosecutors were expected to use Brian's testimony to corroborate Jane's recollection of events.
Prosecutors said they found out about the phone call Tuesday morning and notified the defense.
During the call, Jane called defense attorney Laura Menninger "an expletive that rhymes with 'front,'" Menninger said.
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Menninger also expressed concern that Jane told Brian what to say, though prosecutors argued that Brian was upfront about his conversation with his sister and insisted she did not go into detail about her testimony or what has happened during Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial. Prosecutors also said Maxwell's attorneys were free to ask Brian about what was discussed during cross-examination.
Judge Alison Nathan said she would consider the defense's request.
Jurors on Tuesday morning were also shown a number of pictures of the British socialite with Jeffrey Epstein, including one that showed the scantily-clad brunette rubbing the late disgraced financier's feet on board an airplane.
Other photos included one of Epstein holding Maxwell from behind while speaking on the telephone and another of the couple posing on a grassy field with a golden retriever in between them.
The photos were identified in court by FBI agent Kimberly Meder who testified she found them on CDs that were taken from Epstein's Manhattan townhouse during a 2019 raid. In one set, there were more than 20,000 photos.
During cross-examination, Meder said she didn't know if the images had been altered.
Maxwell, Epstein's onetime love interest, faces six counts of trafficking-related charges, including enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. She is also accused of conspiracy, including using one of Epstein's accusers to recruit other girls to participate in "paid sex acts with Epstein." She's also charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath during depositions in a civil lawsuit against her.
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She has denied all of the allegations against her and said she is a scapegoat for those who want to see Epstein punished for his bad behavior.