Judge delays deposition release of Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidante

Ruben Fields
July 31, 2020

As attorneys for Maxwell sought to come to an agreement with prosecutors on secrecy rules- typical for a sex abuse case - in which both sides agree to keep the evidence confidential before the trial, the lawyers could not compromise on whether to extend the rules to the state's witnesses.

Prosecutors at the Southern District of NY claim she was lying when she said she was not to be aware of Epstein's assaults on women and underage girls.

The documents are part of a 2016 civil lawsuit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, and include emails and depositions by others, including Giuffre and an anonymous Epstein accuser.

But Preska said a criminal probe into Epstein's associates already "loomed large" when Maxwell opposed unsealing the deposition in June, and her arrest did not overcome the presumption the public deserved access.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.

Earlier this month, Maxwell was arrested in a luxury hiding place in New Hampshire and faced six federal charges by accusing her or recruiting Epstein's underage victims of physical assault. This week Maxwell's lawyers filed for what some are calling a gag order.

A federal judge delayed the unsealing of a deposition of Jeffery Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged accomplice to allow her time to appeal its release. Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell a day after the ruling was handed down.

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The latter found students able to return to in-class learning voluntarily, with disancing measures in place. Champion said. "We know that this continues to be a roller coaster for our families and staff".

Included in these documents are supposedly "intrusive questions about her sex life".

Maxwell made a last-minute bid Wednesday, July 29, 2020, to stop the public release of her 2016 testimony in a civil case.

Following the 2015 case, Maxwell has since been charged with two counts of perjury - stemming from her answers in the deposition - as well as four counts of child grooming.

Prosecutors, though, said "victims should be able to continue to come forward, in the ways and in the venues they themselves choose, without fear of reprisal, shaming, or other outcome arising from having their identities broadcast by defence counsel in this case".

"They set a perjury trap for Ms. Maxwell when (Giuffre) took her deposition". Maxwell also allegedly lied when she said she wasn't aware Epstein possessed sex toys or was having sex with anyone but her. Evan Ezray, a spokesman for Guiffre's lawyers, Sigrid MacCawley and David Boies, didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.

Lawyers for the British socialite, 58, have filed eleventh-hour paperwork in NY to prevent the files from being made public.

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