The Thursday showbiz video of the day: Ghislaine Maxwell is

Highlights from the fifth day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial at Kingston crown court. The Scottish glamour model opens the day by claiming she did not arrange and do a sting for the undercover photographer…

The Thursday showbiz video of the day: Ghislaine Maxwell is

Highlights from the fifth day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial at Kingston crown court.

The Scottish glamour model opens the day by claiming she did not arrange and do a sting for the undercover photographer Gary Maunders. Maxwell insists she only knew about the plan when Maunders had secretly been arranging to meet her two weeks before he finally made the online arrangements with a female model, called “Lisa”, the prosecution says.

However, Maunders later told the jury that he was aware that Maxwell had known about the undercover operation at some point – and he told her about the plans for the cameras at his flat as early as January last year. He said Maxwell then made some other personal requests for him – including to support her relaunch as a “businesswoman” and to suggest they wanted to discuss her alleged gambling addiction.

Maxwell denies two counts of aiding and abetting false imprisonment, four counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and four counts of encouraging prostitution. She has pleaded not guilty to all of the offences.

• Shortly after this video was filmed by PA photographer Noel Whelan, McCaughey was overheard to say: “This part’s coming to an end for the defence case … It has nothing to do with you though, no. Do your job, this is just presenting evidence for the prosecution.”

• McCaughey tries to offer an apology to Maxwell’s mother, Anne Maxwell.

• Maxwell is asked by McCaughey whether she had helped Maxwell organise for him to meet another male model in January last year. Maxwell denies this.

• She claims she cannot remember what she was doing that January night and cannot recall Maunders saying he was going to be at work the next day.

• Maxwell is asked about the text message to Maunders that said: “I want to celebrate my 2nd Anniversary with my lover after dropping everything else I’ve ever done for you. Please say how wonderful we are,” she says.

• Maunders said this means he is thinking about meeting another male model, not that he was thinking about her.

• Maxwell says she knew Maunders only ever texted her through a text message service she paid for and is unsure if this still means he was texting her on that particular day.

• McCaughey: “Was this relationship with Mr Maunders genuine?” Maxwell: “This was a friendship, yes.

• McCaughey: “Then he is asking you questions about what you were doing and making statements like this to me, and discussing an interview you were doing with him and an adult nature of the relationship?” Maxwell: “These statements made about an interview with me were definitely made after the intention of having an interview with me.”

• After Maxwell says this, McCaughey says he is “offering damaging allegations which make no sense”.

• McCaughey says he then has another conversation with Maxwell about an “interview” he was having with her that night – but he says it was “not about an interview in any way whatsoever”.

• The prosecutor asks: “Do you think he wanted you to lie to a court?” Maxwell: “No.”

• McCaughey asks if Maxwell was aware that Maunders, “before he might have met Lisa, was trying to meet you”. Maxwell: “I wouldn’t have known. I thought I was just meeting him for a friendly drink.”

• McCaughey says Maxwell was willing to do things that could be viewed as assisting the police investigation. “Are you willing to do that?” Maxwell replies. “Yes.”

• The prosecutor asks: “Do you think Mr Maunders would be reasonably likely to hurt himself if he knew the police were going to look at the way he was running a business?” Maxwell replies: “No.”

• McCaughey asks: “Is that what Mr Maunders said that he needed you to do?” Maxwell says: “No.”

• McCaughey asks: “Is it my position that no physical force was needed in any way whatsoever to stop him from being able to stay at your place?” Maxwell: “No.”

• McCaughey asks: “Is it true Mr Maunders told you after that conversation that, if you refused to allow him to stay that night, he would go to the police with some information about you?”

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