Ghislaine Maxwell Loses Fight To Keep Her Jeffrey Epstein Testimony Sealed
A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Ghislaine Maxwell’s effort to keep secret her deposition in a civil lawsuit related to Jeffrey Epstein, according to The Miami Herald.
The three-judge Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held more than two hours of oral arguments last week, and issued a succinct Monday afternoon order holding that a lower court judge did not err in ordering the release of a 418-page deposition from April 2016 that could shed new light on the Epstein empire.
“We have reviewed all of the arguments raised by Defendant-Appellant Maxwell on appeal and find them to be without merit,” the judges wrote, also turning away a request for consolidation with Maxwell’s criminal case in the Southern District of New York. “We DENY the motion to consolidate this appeal with the pending appeal in United States v. Maxwell.”
- “The ruling affirmed a decision over the summer by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska to release hundreds of documents from a 2015 civil suit involving Maxwell and Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre,” the Herald reported, noting that the case was settled in 2017 and the Herald sued for the documents’ release the following year.
There is no determined timetable for when Preska will release the much-anticipated lengthy transcript of Maxwell’s 2016 deposition. The judge has already released many documents from the civil case and is weighing requests by two so-called John Does that their names be redacted from any document subsequently released because of the reputational harm it could cause them.
- Giuffre claims that Maxwell recruited her at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club where she worked as a spa attendant in 2000. Giuffre was 17 years old at the time.
- The Herald reported that Giuffre claims “she was abused by Epstein and that Epstein and Maxwell directed her to have sex with a number of their prominent friends, including Prince Andrew, former Sen. George Mitchell, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, hotel magnate Tom Pritzker and prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz, among others.”
- All of those men have denied the claims.