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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘Is Maxwell Herself a Victim?’

Bloomberg riled social media commenters Monday by asking whether alleged sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, a former companion of Jeffrey Epstein, is actually a victim.

THE QUOTE

Bloomberg shared an article to Twitter about the gender dynamics of Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, asking, “is Maxwell herself a victim?”

The article, published as Maxwell’s trial began in Manhattan federal court Monday, quoted high-powered lawyers evaluating the defense’s anticipated strategy of trying to portray Maxwell as another victim of Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender.

  • “The best jurors are those who can keep an open mind to Maxwell’s likely argument that she’s a scapegoat and on trial only because Epstein isn’t around,” said Lara Yeretsian, defense attorney who represented Michael Jackson.
  • Maxwell, 59, a wealthy British socialite, has pleaded not guilty to charges of recruiting and grooming four underage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
  • Epstein died in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-abuse charges.

THE REACTION

On the Twitter right, Bloomberg’s tweet fueled paranoia about a potential coverup of an underage sex trafficking ring that federal prosecutors have accused Maxwell and Epstein of running.

  • “Where’s the media outrage?” Richard Grenell, a former acting national intelligence director, asked Sunday of the trial.
  • Grenell complained about a ban on cameras in the courtroom, the “Obama-Biden judge” and powerful Democrats connected to Epstein and Maxwell.

SAME ENERGY

Earlier this month, The Spectator ran an essay under the headline “It’s hard not to pity Ghislaine Maxwell.”

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