US District Judge Loretta Preska has ordered that potentially dozens of documents, testimony and other evidence could be unsealed, despite Maxwell’s objections.
Records from a 2015 civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, a socialite and associate of Jeffrey Epstein who has been accused of grooming and luring young girls into a sex trafficking ring with the late financier could be unsealed.
Maxwell’s attorneys have argued that the release of documents could expose other people linked to her and Epstein and
“inappropriately influence potential witnesses or alleged victims”
While investigating allegations against Epstein, The Miami Herald pursued the release of documents tied to a civil defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Maxwell in 2015. Those records could contain the names of high-profile figures with connections to Epstein and Maxwell, including Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and former president Bill Clinton, among others.
Maxwell was arrested earlier this month and accused of a scheme in which she allegedly ,
“assisted, facilitated and contributed” to Epstein’s “abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse the victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.“
It added some of the victims were as young as 14, with the abuse starting from “at least in or about” 1994 to about 1997.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against her and remains in a New York federal detention centre after a judge denied her bail, citing concerns that Maxwell could be a flight risk. A tentative trial date has been set for 2021.
Some of the records in the civil case were unsealed in August, one day after Epstein’s death, ruled as a “suicide.”
Excerpts from a 2016 deposition reveal that Maxwell sought
“adult professional massage therapists” for Epstein, who had homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach.
Yesterday when asked about Ghislaine Maxwell Trump replied,
“I haven’t really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly.”
Unsealed documents will redact the names of “Jane Does” who have accused Epstein of abusing them, and medical records will remain sealed, Judge Preska said.
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