Judge blocks identifying Epstein victims as allegations aired

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2020

Her deposition had been taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against the British socialite by Virginia Giuffre, who had accused Epstein of having kept her as a "sex slave" with Maxwell's assistance.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska had ordered the documents' release by Thursday, saying the public's right to see them outweighed Maxwell's interests in keeping them under seal. Ghislaine Maxwell isn't just accused of sexually abusing minors, but also being responsible for organizing and procuring women to perform sexual "massages" on powerful global figures.

The newly released documents also show email correspondence between Maxwell and an email address that appears to be Epstein from 2015, wherein Epstein complains about the negative attention he had received since he was charged with soliciting a prostitute in 2007.

According to the documents, Maxwell had remained in close contact with Epstein through email. This contradicted statements made by Maxwell's attorneys, who said she had not been in touch with Epstein for over 10 years in attempt to make bail.

Giuffre was pictured alongside the royal in Maxwell's London townhouse in 2001, hours after she claims she first met Andrew in Tramp nightclub in Mayfair.

She believed it was part of a broader effort by the NY sex predator to farm out young girls to powerful people to "ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political, and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information".

Prince Andrew allegedly lobbied the U.S. government on Jeffrey Epstein's behalf so he would receive a "favourable" plea deal for an underage prostitution case in 2008, according to newly-released court documents. The judge responded to the request by stating that "the court is troubled, but not surprised, that Ms. Maxwell has yet again sought to muddy the waters".

She pleaded not guilty to those charges and denies the allegations.

"Deciding to participate in or contribute to a criminal investigation or prosecution is a far different matter than simply making a public statement "relating to" Ms Maxwell or Jeffrey Epstein, particularly since such a statement might have occurred decades ago and have no relevance to the charges in this case".

Giuffre claimed in the suit and other litigation that Maxwell recruited her in 2000 to be a sexual servant to Epstein.

Her lawyers had argued that releasing the documents would make it "difficult if not impossible" for her to receive an impartial jury for her trial.

Among other men who she claimed sexually abused women and girls at Epstein's behest were former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former Senator George Mitchell, French modelling scout Jean-Luc Brunel and lawyer Alan Dershowitz. He suggested she go outside and hold her head high, "not as an [escaping] convict".

The 58-year-old is in custody in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center awaiting trial, which is tentatively scheduled to start in July next year.

In an email on January 24, 2015, Maxwell appears to try to distance herself from any intimate relationship she had with Epstein, a former hedge fund manager.

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