Ghislaine Maxwell defense working from familiar playbook in cross-examination of accusers
Ghislaine Maxwell attends the ETM Children's Benefit Gala in New York on May 6, 2014. - Rob Kim/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — Attorneys for accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, echoing prior high-profile sexual abuse cases, launched a legal offensive against prosecution witnesses before presenting their defense. From opening arguments to cross-examination, lawyers for Maxwell — accused of procuring underage girls for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — focused on the witnesses’ past drug and alcohol use or mental illness, while suggesting in some cases they were motivated by money. “Now suddenly, after Epstein dies and she has a lawyer by her side, she now remembers all this horror that happened ...