A judge says she was violated when she was sexually assaulted in her sleep at a Fairfax County mansion owned by real estate mogul Ghislaine Maxwell.
Maxwell, 64, is awaiting trial in D.C. on charges she sexually assaulted or molested at least five young girls. On Wednesday, the court heard a videotaped statement from a girl who said she was invited to orgy by Maxwell or a cousin of hers. She said she feared she would be raped but decided to attend after the cousin told her she could drink at the gathering.
“The video speaks for itself,” said Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh. “I have not seen a video as disturbing as this, I will tell you that.”
Morrogh told the court that Maxwell “knew she was violating a 14-year-old.”
A sheriff’s deputy later testified that he saw a 12-inch glass vase filled with red wine in the bedroom where the girl was staying, which likely indicated that the gathering began when she visited the home, as the assistant said she always did.
The young woman said she was never alone with Maxwell and always wore a head covering, said Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh.
That cover was off when Maxwell showed up at the house unannounced on Feb. 28, 2012.
“I was scared,” the young woman said she told Maxwell after she saw the glass vase.
The Washington Post is not naming the young woman.
The girl said she tried to leave the following morning, but later realized that if she went out Maxwell would know where she lived.
Morrogh said Maxwell “never once was willing to actually surrender or even confront the horror that she knew she was doing.”
Morrogh urged Judge Ellen Peters to revoke bail for Maxwell because of her refusal to face and accept the charges. Morrogh is seeking a 90-day bond revocation.
Maxwell, of Aberdeen, Maryland, is the daughter of the late Rev. Victor and Rhoda Maxwell, founders of Washington Generals basketball team. Her late father founded the International House of Pancakes.
Maxwell was arrested in February 2016 after a two-month investigation in which the Fairfax County Police Department alleged she was having sex with underage girls. Authorities have not alleged the girls are real.
At the time of her arrest, Maxwell was living in a home owned by her husband, Joseph Conrad, another prominent Washington-area real estate executive. Maxwell also owns the General Lodging Group in Potomac Falls, Maryland. Maxwell once worked as a model for John Galliano, the fashion designer who was ousted from the French fashion house Dior. Maxwell and her husband have been married for nearly three decades.
After the hearing, an attorney for Maxwell said the family considered allegations about sexual abuse against her “outlandish.”