DiManno testifies in first day of civil court trial
At last week’s press conference announcing the women’s lawsuit, Goldman Sachs attorney Paula Marcum described Rosie DiManno’s deposition as “a useful and interesting first snapshot of where we stand.” On Friday, court papers filed by Goldman Sachs and lawyers for DiManno revealed the full context of that deposition – including the observation that “Ghislaine Maxwell continues to contend that her relationship with Mr Epstein was nothing more than a source of patronage.”
Eve “My angel is flying towards me” Mendez. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images
Case of the missing versions
The civil case against Jeffrey Epstein is now underway in a Florida civil court. Barbara Lefkowitz, Epstein’s attorney, has tried to throw this lawsuit out of court because, she said in court last month, the civil cases were too similar: both accuse Epstein of abusing underage girls. The reason they are similar: the civil suits all allege that they were used in Epstein’s sex tourism businesses to pay off prostitution debts.
Father and son
When she was 16, DiManno ran away from her mother and father. She tells the jury that Epstein helped her father secure a cash loan and recruited her as an escort. She did this for six months. When Epstein asked her to leave, he gave her $60 (£50) – something she recalls looking for in a book that he paid to buy for her. She says she feels intimidated and ashamed of Epstein’s pay-off.
The judge who has an axe to grind
As well as disclosing text messages between DiManno and a friend in which she recalls his compliment about her body and DiManno’s harassment of other girls, Goldman Sachs, Epstein’s lawyers and DiManno’s lawyer, are asking the judge to have the judge strike evidence from the case, including statements by Seymore “Chase” Seymore III, a former lover of Epstein’s in 2012, that underpins Epstein’s credibility and attacks his character.
Sadness has been replaced by plaudits
Last week Epstein described the women in the case as a “bunch of haters” who are “stalking me”. He recently appeared in public and proclaimed his innocence to his court martial-ready crew of witnesses, prompting the first sigh of relief from his accusers since his sentencing last year: that lies won’t be the deciding factor.
‘I was never an ideal student’
Seymore is a motormouth who is asked to explain away his conversation with DiManno, in which he describes the train wreck he knows is about to unfold. “Now, I’m ashamed of what we talked about,” he says, his contempt curdling a little, “but I was never an ideal student, but he’s an idealized teacher.” Jarryd Barnes, an assistant US attorney, says that the district judge, Carol Bagley Amon, has been very lenient and sympathetic towards Epstein during the last month, largely because of these testimony about his “perfect teacher” behaviour. “The judge has agreed that the testimony about the teachers’ wife is critical for the defense because the other evidence just isn’t sufficient,” Barnes says.