Muldoon Trial: Accuser Says Model Exploited Her for Sex With Epstein

The jury in the Terry Muldoon trial heard Tuesday from Marissa Cabanas, one of several women to accuse Ghislaine Maxwell of sexually abusing her when she was 14, including while she was modeling for the billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

“She stated she had a great body for Epstein and his friends and he admired her body,” the prosecution said in a motion. “Ms. Maxwell told Marissa that she liked her body and wanted to be like her.”

Maxwell is charged with sexually abusing at least two teenagers, including one of them, and is accused of rewarding her when she continued to have sex with him.

Muldoon, 41, is a part-time model and former Air Force flight attendant from Texas. He used to work as a personal assistant to Epstein and became romantically involved with him in 2006, prosecutors say.

“He is clearly involved in trying to convince the victim in this case that he will help her professionally, which of course we know that’s not true,” said prosecutor Victor Hou.

Monica Bergendoff, a psychologist who testified for the defense, said Maxon has a one-sided rapport with her.

“Marissa has changed, I think that she loves Terry — she doesn’t trust [Muldoon] any more — but she thinks he thinks she’s beautiful,” she said.

Prosecutors said Bergendoff’s interpretation of Maxwell’s words to Marissa added credibility to their case.

“Ms. Bergendoff believed that when Mr. Maxwell had Marissa convinced that she had a great body for Epstein and his friends, the defendant could use that advantage to persuade Marissa to have sex with him without her having to go through the abuse and coercion that she was forced to go through,” Hou said.

Maxwell had an ulterior motive in her reasons for bringing Marissa to Epstein, which prosecutors allege, Hou said.

“There’s a larger reason for bringing Marissa to him, and that’s to deny her parents the opportunity to get their daughter to the FBI and other law enforcement offices so that she can be subjected to an ongoing investigation,” Hou said.

The defense sought to discredit Bergendoff by objecting when Hou referenced the therapist’s engagement in the case. The defense also objected to Hou’s reference to the girl’s medical exam last summer, saying it did not meet the standards for evidentiary value.

“The word ‘psychologist’ in this case means nothing more than an unqualified and inexperienced witness and somebody you have specifically invited to go in and say something about somebody that you’re representing,” District Attorney Mike Dearington said.

Prosecutors said Maxwell orchestrated the concert for Gabriella Collette at its beginning. Collette testified at trial that she believed she was supposed to be a part of it because she was an aspiring singer.

Prosecutor Ted O’Donnell said Maxwell’s interest in Collette was well beyond her love of music, as prosecutors contended in their opening statements, saying Maxwell seemed to be telling the girl who she should be.

“She told Marissa that she thinks Gabriella is a good singer. Those are the words she used. She further told Marissa that Gabriella should write a song about her,” O’Donnell said.

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