Ghislaine Maxwell denied from keeping Epstein testimony secret

Newsdeck Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid to keep her Jeffrey Epstein testimony secret

By Reuters• 20 October 2020

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said there was a presumption the public had a right to see Maxwell's 418-page deposition, which was taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against her.

In relatively short order, attorneys for Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a letter motion with the Southern District of New York (SDNY) explaining that they would be able to comply with the document production order by the end of the day on Tuesday.

Lawyers for Giuffre and the newspaper were not immediately available for comment.

Maxwell's lawyers have previously said the deposition concerns attempts to "compel Ms Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life".

Maxwell's lawyers had said bad publicity from disclosing "intimate, sensitive, and personal details" from the deposition could undermine her ability to defend against criminal charges that she enabled Epstein's sexual abuses.

The multiple anonymous women - "Jane Does" who accused Epstein of abuse but haven't publicly spoken out - will continue to have their names redacted in the documents, she said.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of NY, allege that Maxwell committed perjury when she gave the two depositions.

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Authorities arrested Maxwell in July after she was found in New Hampshire and sent to a Brooklyn jail.

Epstein killed himself aged 66 in prison previous year while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

"The premature revelation of this information would give the defendant the opportunity to interfere with the Government's investigation before it is complete".

Maxwell's lawyers have argued that the materials could be important to her defence and should be turned over sooner.

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in 2013, was charged by federal prosecutors in early July for allegedly helping recruit, groom and ultimately sexually abuse minors. And in July, Maxwell, 58, was charged on several counts related to sex trafficking of minors and perjury.

In 2008 in Florida, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 but died by apparent suicide amid suspicious circumstances inside New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Center in August of that year. He spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and remained a registered sex offender.

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