NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Ghislaine Maxwell on Wednesday misplaced her bid to exclude a psychologist who has studied the “grooming” of sexual crimes victims from testifying at her upcoming trial.
Prosecutors have stated they might name Lisa Rocchio, a psychologist who focuses on treating sufferers who’ve suffered sexual abuse, as a witness at the trial.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not responsible to prices that she groomed underage women for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.
Jury choice within the case is below means and opening arguments are anticipated to kick off on Nov. 29 in Manhattan federal court docket.
Certainly one of Maxwell’s attorneys, Jeffrey Pagliuca, stated on Wednesday the protection intends to query the credibility of witnesses primarily based on any prior histories of substance abuse or failures to disclose their accusations towards Maxwell promptly.
Throughout a listening to on Wednesday, Rocchio stated adolescents have been significantly seemingly to disclose sexual abuse later in life. She stated false allegations of sexual abuse can happen, however that they signify a “very small minority” of accusations.
Legal professionals for the British socialite had stated Rocchio’s opinions are inadmissible, arguing they have been primarily based primarily on her private expertise as a practitioner and lacked scientific backing.
They stated they plan to name their very own specialists who would argue that the suggestion Maxwell dedicated “grooming by proxy” – by profitable the alleged victims’ belief so as to manipulate them into having encounters with Epstein – had no assist within the scientific neighborhood.
Following questioning, U.S. District Decide Alison Nathan stated she would largely enable Rocchio’s testimony, in a blow to Maxwell’s protection.
Epstein, who counted former President Invoice Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew amongst his associates, died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at the age of 66 whereas awaiting his personal trial on sex crimes prices.
Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York;
Enhancing by Noeleen Walder and Matthew Lewis
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