Portrait of American financier Jeffrey Epstein (left) and real estate developer Donald Trump as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1997.
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A woman who says she was sexually abused by late sex criminal and financier Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell testified Wednesday that Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump at his Florida club when she was 14 years old.
The woman, in testimony at Maxwell’s federal sex crime, trial did not allege any improper conduct by Trump when she met him at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Nor did the woman characterize what happened at that meeting, which she confirmed under cross-examination by Maxwell’s lawyer in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Maxwell is charged with procuring the woman, who was testifying with the pseudonym “Jane,” and other then-underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, a money manager who for years socialized with Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew,and other wealthy and powerful people.
Jane is the first of those accusers to testify at the trial, which began Monday.
Maxwell, who has been held without bond since her arrest in July 2020, has pleaded not guilty in the case.
Ghislaine Maxwell talks with her attorneys during her trial on charges of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, November 30, 2021.
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Epstein died in August 2019 while in a Manhattan jail from what has been ruled a suicide by hanging while awaiting his own trial on federal child sex trafficking charges.
Epstein’s arrest occurred a month before his death.
Trump said at the time that he was no longer friends with Epstein, and that they had not spoken for up to 15 years.
“I’m not a fan of his,” Trump said then.
But they used to be chummy.
In 2002, Trump told, “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy.”
“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump said then. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
, a Florida businessman at Trump’s request had organized a “calendar girl” competition at Mar-a-Lago.
“I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” the businessman, George Houraney, told the Times.
“At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him [Trump] and Epstein.”
“I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?'” Houraney recalled.
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