Dozens of new documents related to Ghislaine Maxwell’s dealings with Jeffrey Epstein were publicly released on Thursday. Maxwell, 58, is defending herself against criminal charges that she aided in the late Epstein’s sexual abuse of girls.
On July 23, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan ordered the release of large portions of more than 80 documents from a 2015 civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who accused Epstein of having kept her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s assistance. On Thursday, Maxwell filed an emergency motion with the federal appeals court in Manhattan to block the release of two additional documents, including an April 2016 deposition related to her sex life and deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser. Lawyers for Maxwell said making her deposition public could make it ‘difficult if not impossible” to find an impartial jury for her criminal trial. The two depositions were expected to remain sealed at least until Monday, depending on how the appeals court rules. Materials covered by Preska’s July 23 order included flight logs from Epstein’s private jets; and police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home, among other documents.
Maxwell 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.
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