Documents detailing Ghislaine Maxwell's ties to Jeffrey Epstein released

Clay Curtis
July 31, 2020

"Absent a stay from this court, it will forever let the cat out of the bag", Maxwell's lawyers wrote, noting another judge's recent refusal to block publication of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's memoir because copies had already been circulated.

Giuffre, who claimed that Maxwell had recruited her to work as a masseuse for Epstein, said in her deposition that the British socialite had sex with underage girls "virtually every day" when she was around her on Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.

(L): Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a file booking photo.

She said the women "still maintain a significant privacy interest that must be safeguarded".

Shortly before the email, Virginia Roberts Giuffre had accused Maxwell of procuring young girls to have sex with Epstein.

The papers, many of which were expected to be unsealed before midnight, are part of a mostly secret defamation lawsuit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre in 2015.

Maxwell has been held in a Brooklyn jail after a judge denied bail, calling her a flight risk.

Among the newly released documents were emails Maxwell and Epstein exchanged in January 2015, when Giuffre's allegations were getting a new round of media attention.

Among the materials released were email correspondence between the pair in early 2015, including an email in which Epstein told Maxwell she had "done nothing wrong".

In one email between Epstein and Maxwell in 2015, Epstein appears to be composing a draft statement for Maxwell to release publicly. It said she had been the target of "false allegations of impropriety and offensive behaviour that I abhor and have never ever been party to".

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"You have done nothing wrong and I would urge you to start acting like it".

Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his NY jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial.

Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.

Maxwell was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at her home in New Hampshire on July 2, and has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in New York City since.

Numerous documents unsealed by the court Thursday had been available publicly before.

Maxwell, the daughter of late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking minors for Epstein, who she was intimately involved with in the 1990s.

'They have alleged these materials are needed to prove their allegations that, after Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement his performance was delayed while he used his significant social and political connections to lobby the justice department to obtain a more favorable plea deal'.

"Ms. Maxwell's two deposition transcripts were designated "Confidential" and subject to the protection of the protective order", Gee said in his filing.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska upheld the documents' release during a hearing Wednesday despite protests from Maxwell's lawyer, Ty Gee, she had been the victim of a "perjury trap" during the lawsuit.

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