Ghislaine Maxwell’s long-awaited, high-profile trial began this week. Fox News reports that on Thursday, Christina Oxenberg testified that Maxwell was “determined to marry her boss, Jeffery Epstein.”
The testimony lends weight to the assertion that Maxwell was highly motivated to please Epstein.
Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and a second cousin to Prince Andrew. In her book, titled “Trash: Encounters with Ghislaine Maxwell,” published in October of this year, Oxenberg profiles her impressions of Maxwell.
The Amazon profile of the book reads: “In December 2018, Oxenberg was in Palm Beach when she read about the horrors of the Epstein and Maxwell case and how Ghislaine had allegedly referred to her victims as ‘trash.’ The word triggered Christina, forcing her to look into her own past and the abuse she suffered. What’s more, she was flooded with memories of her encounters with Ghislaine, and realized she had a moral duty to share these with the FBI. So she did, and now she’s sharing them with us.”
Oxenberg claims that Maxwell asked her to ghostwrite an autobiography for her. Recounting that event and the motivation behind it, Oxenberg said Maxwell hoped the book would “elevate her status…in Jeffrey’s eyes,” noting that she said, “’And this way, he will marry me. I want him to marry me.'”
After testifying in court today, Oxenberg, 58, told Fox News, “Jeffrey paid her very well. She started working for him pretty much immediately after her father died. I think she saw him as her savior. She wanted everyone to believe they were a couple. She wanted to marry Jeffrey. I have no idea if Jeffrey knew about this. My suspicion is that he did because he [wasn’t] a dummy.”
Maxwell has pleaded “Not Guilty” to all charges.
She is charged with being an accomplice in multiple instances of sexual abuse against teenage girls.
Maxwell’s defense team claims she has been made a “scapegoat” for Epstein, who cannot stand trial as he died under suspicious circumstances when in custody at a New York jail in 2019.
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