Newly unsealed documents released in Ghislaine Maxwell case
More details emerge as court documents are unsealed in the publicized case of Ghislaine Maxwell who faces sex trafficking charges.
A federal judge has released documents from a now-settled defamation lawsuit that reveals disturbing details relevant to the Ghislaine Maxwell case.
The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled the documents from the case settled in 2017 containing emails between Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein to be unsealed and released on Thursday night. Maxwell and her legal team attempted to block the release by filing objections, claiming the documents threaten her defense.
Judge Preska disagreed.
“The Court is troubled — but not surprised — that Ms. Maxwell has yet again sought to muddy the water as the clock clicks closer to midnight,” Preska wrote in a filing denying a request for an emergency phone conference, according to the Miami Herald.
Although dozens of documents were revealed, her legal team did hinder the release of what could be key transcripts. NPR reports Maxwell’s deposition transcripts from 2016 and a transcript from “John Doe 1” is being held until Monday to give Maxwell’s defense team time to seek a stay in the appellate court.
According to NPR, the newly unsealed documents unveil a draft of the memoir penned by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre. It detailed her traumatic experiences as well as never-before-seen exchanges between the two alleged co-conspirators.
In one digital correspondence, Epstein assured his former lover she did nothing criminal.
“You have done nothing wrong and I (would) urge you to start acting like it,” he allegedly declared.
He urged her to “go outside, head high, not as an (escaping) convict. go to parties. deal with it,” he wrote, according to NPR.
Testimony from Giuffre, who brought the defamation case in 2015, detailed how both she and her father were brought to Epstein’s mansion and graphic details of Maxell’s involvement.
“So then Ghislaine told me that she wanted me to undress and began to take off my shirt and skirt, my white uniform from Mar-a-Lago, she also took off her shirt and got undressed, and so I was there with just my undies on, and she was completely bare,” Giuffre recalled according to The Miami Herald.
She also listed several men with whom she allegedly was forced to have sex with by Epstein and Maxwell, or claims to have witnessed engaging in sexual behaviors with minors. This includes a sworn statement about former President Bill Clinton.
The Miami Herald reports a file titled “Document 16” stated Giuffre alleged two young New York girls were on the island with Maxwell at the same time as Clinton.
David Copperfield, model Naomi Campbell, former Sony Records President Tommy Mottola, and Alexandra Cousteau were also linked to Epstein in the documents according to The Miami Herald. Previously released documents also claim the victims, including Giuffre, were forced to have intercourse with former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, among other names.
Giuffre also claimed she was prompted to have sex with defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, and Prince Andrew.
Epstein died by suicide in a jail cell awaiting trial on multiple sex trafficking charges last year.
theGrio previously reported that Maxwell was arrested in early July on counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. She was also charged with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.
She pleaded not guilty.
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