Ghislaine Maxwell trial LIVE: Witness claims Epstein's 'madam' would name-drop stars like Donald Trump and Prince Andrew

GHISLAINE Maxwell has appeared in court for the sixth day of her sex trafficking trial.

The British socialite is accused of supporting convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the recruitment and abuse of girls.

The court in Manhattan on Monday was told that Maxwell would regularly name drop stars like Prince Andrew and Donald Trump in front of her alleged victims.

Neither the Prince nor Trump are accused of wrongdoing in relation to the case.

A witness – who alleges she was groomed by Maxwell for abuse byEpstein -told the court in New York that she first met Maxwell when she was 17.

Maxwell is currently charged with several felony accounts some of which include human trafficking charges.

She has denied all charges against her, and her lawyers argue she is being made a "scapegoat" for Epstein's crimes. They have painted the alleged victims as in it for the cash.

The trial is expected to last about 6 weeks in the Manhattan Federal Court Room. It is likely to tackle many aspects of her relationship with Epstein and those who worked for either Epstein or Maxwell.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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    Witness “Kate” testified on Monday that Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein gave her a schoolgirl outfit and asked her to serve Epstein tea while wearing it.

    This allegedly happened at Epstein's Palm Beach mansion in the early 1990s.

    “I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffrey his tea in this outfit,” Kate said Maxwell told her, as reported by the New York Post.

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    Ghislaine Maxwell was seen hugging her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during her sex trafficking trial on Monday in New York City.

    Ghislaine Maxwell hugs her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during the trial of Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jane RosenbergCredit: Reuters
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    Witness "Kate" is cross-examined by defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City on December 6, 2021.

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    Maxwell told Epstein “this is the girl that I told you about'" and "that I was strangely strong for my size”, Kate told the court.

    "She said, 'Why don't you give his feet a little squeeze to show him how strong you are?"

    She said Maxwell gave her massage oil and led her to a room where Epstein was wearing just a dressing gown and closed the door.

    Kate was asked by prosecutor Lara Pomerantz if Epstein initiated sexual contact to which she said: “Yes”.

    After the sexual contact with Epstein Kate said Maxwell bought her a Prada handbag for her 18th birthday.

    Because Kate was over the age of consent in Britain, Judge Alison Nathan instructed the jury that any sexual encounters she described were not "illegal sex acts."

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    Kate – who said she is a musician and singer – said she was 17 when she met Maxwell for tea at her London townhouse in 1994.

    Now in her mid-40s, she recounted how she was an aspiring musician at the time, and that Maxwell said her boyfriend could help with her career.

    As few weeks later, Kate again went to the house and she was introduced to Epstein by Maxwell, who described him as a “philanthropist” who liked to help people.

    The jury heard Maxwell told her his massage therapist had cancelled and asked could she step in.

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    Kate was asked by prosecutor Laura Pomerantz about Maxwell’s social circle to which she replied she “seemed to know everybody”.

    “She was friends with Prince Andrew, friends with Donald Trump,” she said.

    “Sometimes their names would just come up or she would be talking on the phone about them with me present.”

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    Maxwell would regularly name-drop Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, her trial was told.

    The claim was made by a British woman, who alleges she was groomed by the 59-year-old socialite for abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.

    The witness – known as Kate to protect her identity – told the court in New York that she first met Maxwell when she was 17.

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