Maxwell accuser cries when asked about $2.9M Epstein payout

The first alleged victim to testify against Ghislaine Maxwell at her sex-trafficking trial cried Wednesday when she was asked about receiving some $2.9 million from a Jeffrey Esptein victim compensation fund.

The accuser, identified by the pseudonym “Jane,” paused for about 30 seconds and wiped tears from her eyes with a tissue after she was asked by a prosecutor to describe what cash meant to her.

“I wish I would have never received that money in the first place because of what happened,” the accuser responded, her voice breaking.

“In this country, compensation is the only thing you could get when you try to move on with your life and the pain and abuse and suffering I received … and try to fix myself,” she added.

Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe then asked her if she had any financial stake in the outcome of Ghislaine’s criminal trial.

“No,” the alleged victim told jurors in the federal courtroom in Manhattan.

Witness “Jane” previously settled a civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell.
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The accuser’s payout from the fund came up as she was questioned by the defense — in an attempt to undercut her credibility.

Jane was awarded $2.9 million from the Epstein compensation fund in 2020. She had to agree to settle a civil suit she brought against Maxwell and the dead financier’s estate to receive the payout.

Before she cried on the stand, Jane testified that she agreed to work with federal prosecutors because she wanted to get “closure” decades after her alleged abuse by Epstein and Maxwell.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, looks at her brother Kevin Maxwell and sister Isabel Maxwell during her trial in a courtroom sketch.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, looks at her brother Kevin Maxwell and sister Isabel Maxwell during her trial in a courtroom sketch.
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Defense lawyer Laura Menninger questions witness "Jane" 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 1, 2021.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense lawyer, Laura Menninger (left), questioned a $2.9 million payout witness “Jane” received from a victim compensation fund.
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“This is something I have been running from my entire life,” she said.


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“I am just tired of it. I was just hoping that I could help in any way to make that happen and find some peace … finally,” she added.