Ghislaine Maxwell to call on London pub landlord, 81, in grooming case

Ghislaine Maxwell to call on London pub landlord, 81, in grooming case

12/17/2021

Pictured: The London pub landlord who Ghislaine Maxwell thinks could clear her of grooming girls for Jeffrey Epstein

  • Kevin Moran, 81, runs The Nag’s Head in London, but will be called to stand in Ghislaine Maxwell’s high-profile grooming trial in New York next week
  • He is said to be a key witness her defence team hope will dispel accusations
  • A British woman using pseudonym ‘Kate’ claims Maxwell led her to Belgravia townhouse where a naked Epstein performed a ‘sex act’ on her in 1994

Ghislaine Maxwell is set to call on a London landlord to provide testimony in her defence during his high-profile grooming case, it was revealed today.

Kevin Moran, 81, pulls the pints at The Nag’s Head pub in London’s exclusive Belgravia district which is located opposite to the home where Maxwell used to live.

Mr Moran is expected to fly to the US to give evidence on Maxwell’s behalf, challenging claims by an accuser that she was taken to the property by her and forced to have sex with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein in 1994.

Mr Moran refused to comment when asked about his involvement in the case by MailOnline. 

Maxwell’s second day of defence got off to a rocky start on Friday when it emerged one witness refused to respond to a subpoena, another refused to testify pleading the Fifth Amendment and a third was not called.

Kevin Moran, 81, pulls the pints at The Nag’s Head pub in London’s exclusive Belgravia district which is located opposite to the home where Maxwell used to live 

Known for its strict banning of mobile phones, and a cash-only policy for orders under £15, The Nag’s Head stands across the road from a house that Maxwell once owned in the 1990s

Across the road is the £1.75m Belgravia townhouse that Ghislaine Maxwell once owned

Mr Moran has run The Nag’s Head for more than 30 years, which is considered one of the capital’s quirkiest and most charming pubs.

Known for its strict banning of mobile phones, and a cash-only policy for orders under £15, the pub stands across the road from a house that Maxwell once owned in the 1990s. 

Mr Moran’s relationship with Maxwell has not yet been confirmed, but he is understood to be a key witness that will be called forward by defence lawyers during her trial.

Christian Everdell said that the legal team had planned to call the landlord in order to confirm Maxwell did not live at the Belgravia property until 1997.

A witness using the pseudonym ‘Kate’ claimed Maxwell called her a ‘good girl’ after she gave Epstein a massage in a townhouse in London, Belgravia, while she was a teenager 

A British accuser using the pseudonym Kate alleges she was just 17 when Maxwell persuaded her to give Epstein massages at her Belgravia townhouse. 

She allegedly led the youngster to a room where a naked Epstein ‘engaged in a sex act’, before Maxwell asked her accuser afterwards: ‘How did it go, did you have fun? Was it good?’

Earlier this month the woman, now 44, took the witness stand at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in New York where Maxwell is on trial for allegedly sex trafficking children.

Giving evidence under the pseudonym Kate, she told jurors Maxwell once gave her a schoolgirl uniform and said: ‘I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffrey his tea in this outfit.’

Under questioning from the prosecution, Kate claimed that while in Palm Beach, Florida, she was told to wear a schoolgirl outfit to ‘take Jeffrey his tea’ by Maxwell (both pictured in 2005)

Ghislaine Maxwell’s second day of defense got off to a rocky start Friday 

But Everdell said that Mr Moran knew the previous owners of Maxwell’s home and Maxwell, and could verify that she didn’t live there until 1997 when she bought the property. 

Everdell said that it was a ‘critical issue’ but the pub owner could not be there until Monday at the earliest.

He was due to be flown in to bolster Maxwell’s defence case at the 11th-hour, but Judge Alison Nathan appeared exasperated by the last-ditch move to call a new witness. 

The previous night Maxwell’s lawyers had said they planned to call three women named Eva, Kelly and Michelle – but their plans fell apart before the jury were even brought in.

Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger told the court that the witness named Kelly had ‘refused’ to respond to their subpoena which they had issued two-and-a-half weeks ago.

In New York, the defence team was able to call ex-Miss Sweden Dr. Eva Andersson, 60, who is now married to hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin on Friday.

Glenn, 64, was previously accused of having sex with Virginia Roberts when she was an underage teen – allegations he has strenuously denied.

Dr Andersson said that she dated Epstein ‘off and on’ from around 1983 to 1990 or 1991, the time he began dating Maxwell.

The defense was able to call witness Dr. Eva Andersson, 60, an internist and former girlfriend of Epstein who is now married to hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin (pictured together) 

In 1994 Andersson married Dubin but said that she stayed friendly with Epstein and socialised with him and flew on his private plane, including with her three children.

In her testimony earlier in the trial, one Maxwell accuser using the pseudonym Jane claimed that an ‘Eva’ had taken part in sexual parties with her and other women at Epstein’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, during the 1990s when she was a teenager. 

Dubin denied any group sexual activity with the accuser named ‘Jane’. 

Maxwell’s lawyer Jeff Pagliuca asked Andersson if she was ‘comfortable’ with Epstein’s relationship with her children, and she said she was.

Epstein is said to have enjoyed an ‘uncle-like relationship’ with the couple’s children, and when Pagliuca asked if Epstein was ‘fond’ of her three children, one of whom was his goddaughter Andersson said: ‘Yes he was’. 

Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger told the court that the witness named Kelly had ‘refused’ to respond to their subpoena which they had issued two-and-a-half weeks ago.

She asked that the US Marshals force Kelly to attend the court, as is standard practice with witnesses who do not reply to a subpoena.

Judge Nathan asked: ‘Why am I hearing about it for the first time now?’

Menninger pleaded: ‘There’s been a lot going on. To be honest your honor, it’s a lot of work.’

Judge Nathan told her: ‘A non responsive witness is not a little thing’.

Menninger replied that Maxwell’s ‘life is on the line’ and they were only being given one and a half days to mount their defense.

Kevin and Isabel Maxwell arrive for their sister’s trial in Manhattan Federal court on Friday 

Judge Nathan said that the defense could make an application for the US Marshals to get involved but said that she was not inclined to delay the trial.

Christian Everdell, another of Maxwell’s lawyers, said that they planned to call the owner of the Nag’s Head pub in London, which was across the road from a house that Maxwell owned.

Everdell said that the man knew the previous owners of Maxwell’s home and Maxwell and could verify that she didn’t live there until 1997 when she bought the place.

Maxwell claims that the accuser known as Kate’s testimony that she was lured by Maxwell to her house before that time was wrong because she wasn’t living there then.

Everdell said that it was a ‘critical issue’ but the pub owner could not be there until Monday at the earliest.

The six charges against Maxwell: 

THE CHARGES

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)  

 Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)

Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)

Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)

Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Sex Trafficking of a Minor 

Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial. 

The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.  

THE ‘FACTS’ 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.

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