Maxwell tells court she won't testify in her sex trafficking trial, concluding defense's case

Maxwell said there was "no reason" for her to testify because government has not proved its case beyond reasonable doubt

Updated: December 20, 2021 - 8:41am

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Ghislaine Maxwell said Friday she would not testify in her New York trial in which she's facing federal charges for allegedly helping the late Jeffrey Epstein’s sexually abuse underage girls.

"Your honor the government has not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt and so there’s no reason for me to testify,” the 59-year-old Maxwell, a former Epstein girlfriend, told the judge at her trial in Manhattan federal court, according to CNBC.

Maxwell's defense lawyers on Friday rested their case, following the prosecutions in which four women alleged Maxwell recruited and groomed them for sex with Epstein, paying their travel and at times participated in sex acts.

Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan federal jail cell in August 2019 awaiting trial on similar charges.

Prosecutors said they will not present evidence or testimony to rebut the defense’s case, CNBC also reports