Judge bans lawyers from identifying Epstein abuse victims

Clay Curtis
August 1, 2020

The woman alleged that Epstein had instructed her, then a minor, to "report back on the details of the sexual abuse" by the prince, according to court documents filed in December 2014.

Ms Giuffre, who is also known as Virginia Roberts, also alleges she had sex with a mystery "prince" - a man whose name she did not know, according to the unsealed documents.

Documents about dealings between Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were publicly released on Thursday by a USA court.

Ms Giuffre over the years has told her story to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but no charges were brought based on her allegations and she is not one of the three alleged victims in the current criminal case against Ms Maxwell.

USA district judge Loretta A Preska had ordered the papers released but two depositions given by Maxwell in the civil lawsuit in 2016 were not produced after her lawyers appealed against the ruling. She remains in custody without the possibility for bail, deemed an "extreme" flight risk by prosecutors after her July 2 arrest on six counts of procuring minors for sexual abuse, to which she has pleaded not guilty. Maxwell is now awaiting trial in NY, charged earlier this month with sex trafficking of underaged girls with Epstein and perjury.

Epstein victims are fearful that sex tapes and photographs featuring them being abused could be described as part of the unsealed evidence and eventually shown in court during Maxwell's criminal trial, DailyMail.com can disclose.

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.

Among the newly released documents were emails Ms Maxwell and Epstein exchanged in January 2015, when Ms Giuffre's allegations were getting a new round of media attention. Dershowitz has repeatedly denied the allegation and the two have sued each other over it.

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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.

Friday's order also covers a second deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser that Maxwell also wanted kept under seal.

The indictment accuses Maxwell of luring the girls by asking them about their lives, schools and families and taking them shopping or to movies. He suggested she go outside and hold her head high, "not as an (escaping) convict".

But these years-old emails between the two also contradict a recent claim from Maxwell's attorneys in regards to the current federal sex trafficking case against Maxwell: that Maxwell and Epstein had not been in contact for more than a decade before his death in 2019.

"I would appreciate it if shelley would come out and say she was your g'friend - I think she was from end 99 to 2002", Maxwell wrote Epstein.

Ms Maxwell's lawyers have accused Ms Giuffre of leaking the deposition, and "in conjunction with the Government" setting a "perjury trap" for their client. Her criminal trial is scheduled for next July.

One email, sent from Epstein's email address but written in Maxwell's voice, appeared to be a draft a statement or set of talking points for Maxwell to use in defending herself.

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