Ghislaine Maxwell loses late bid to block deposition's release, quickly appeals

Clay Curtis
August 1, 2020

In a previously undisclosed detail, Giuffre said in 2015 and 2016 that she was participating in an ongoing criminal investigation in which Maxwell, 58, was a "person of interest", Gee wrote.

Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail for her role aiding Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and eventually abuse of minor girls, in Manhattan Federal Court, in the Manhattan borough of NY on July 14, 2020 in this courtroom sketch.

Last year, a federal appeals court in NY granted the Herald's motion in part, releasing about 2,000 pages of previously-sealed documents, including limited excerpts from sworn testimony of Maxwell and Giuffre, who each sat for multiple depositions prior to the settlement.

"Ms. Maxwell's request for reconsideration hinges on her assertion that new developments, i.e., her indictment and arrest, present compelling causes for conserving the deposition transcripts sealed", Preska wrote within the order.

Prince Andrew pictured with Virginia Giuffre (centre) and Ghislaine Maxwell (right).

A USA judge on Wednesday denied Ghislaine Maxwell's last-ditch effort to keep a potentially damaging deposition from becoming public, as the jailed British socialite defends herself against criminal charges that she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls.

Maxwell's attorneys made their argument in a filing on Monday, saying that banning them from publicly identifying alleged victims or potential witnesses in the case will hinder their ability to investigate, prepare witnesses for trial and advocate on Maxwell's behalf.

Other exhibits to these filings include summaries of flight logs kept by Epstein's pilots, portions of police reports and other documents concerning the person identified as "John Doe 1".

Epstein, 66, was facing sex trafficking charges in Manhattan when he killed himself last August while awaiting trial.

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Meanwhile, prosecutors said on Tuesday some witnesses in the criminal case against Maxwell may face harassment and intimidation and could be reluctant to cooperate with the government if defence lawyers are allowed to discuss them publicly.

The dispute arose as lawyers on both sides tried to agree on the rules of secrecy about evidence prior to a July 12 trial, when Ms. Maxwell will face charges that she recruited three teenage girls for Mr. Epstein to abuse in London and the United States in the 1990s.

Preska ordered the paperwork unsealed in a courtroom listening to final week, however gave Maxwell's authorized crew per week to file an enchantment with the Second Circuit Courtroom.

"In her first deposition ..."

But Ms Preska said he could have made that argument for the last month. They questioned how the government got its hands on the information.

Maxwell sought to keep these records sealed, too.

In her memo Wednesday night, Preska additionally rejected Maxwell's request that she rethink her personal determination to unseal the paperwork.

Its release would therefore violate a protective order, she argued. Based on previous court records in the case, Maxwell and Epstein exchanged at least seven emails in the weeks following a court filing by Giuffre containing the allegations that she had been directed to have sex with several of their prominent associates.

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