The primary of what’s mentioned to be greater than 400 pages of deposition transcripts that had been sealed within the case involving Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, had been launched on Thursday morning following a Tuesday court docket order.
The paperwork had been unsealed after U.S. District Decide Loretta A. Preska ordered their launch by 9 a.m. Thursday. They embody transcripts of two days of depositions from 2016 of the British socialite, 58, and associated paperwork, together with the deposition transcript of an nameless accuser.
The depositions had been taken as a part of a lawsuit introduced towards Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who had accused her of aiding Epstein within the abuse of Giuffre earlier than she was an grownup. The lawsuit was finally settled.
Legal professionals for Maxwell, 58, had argued that the paperwork reflecting seven hours of interviews over two days ought to stay sealed, partially to guard her proper to a good trial in July on costs that she helped Epstein site visitors and sexually abuse teenage ladies within the 1990s.
They famous that parts of the transcripts relate to perjury costs within the indictment she faces. She has pleaded not responsible.
Maxwell has been incarcerated since her arrest in early July. If convicted, she may withstand 35 years in jail.
In the meantime, prosecutors filed papers late Tuesday to insist that 40 pages of supplies and 40 photos associated to ladies abused by Epstein after the interval addressed within the indictment shouldn’t be launched to protection attorneys till eight weeks earlier than trial.
“The untimely revelation of this info would give the defendant the chance to intervene with the Authorities’s investigation earlier than it’s full. Such info may permit her to contact and intimidate witnesses, destroy proof related to the investigation, or alert different targets of the investigation,” prosecutors wrote.
Maxwell’s attorneys have argued that the supplies may very well be vital to her protection and needs to be turned over sooner.
However prosecutors mentioned exhibiting Maxwell was not a part of the abuse of some ladies couldn’t be used to argue she didn’t be part of the abuse of minors from 1994 to 1997.
“The Authorities has not charged Maxwell with being Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ and ‘principal facilitator of his abuse,’” they wrote.
Maxwell’s arrest got here a yr after Epstein, 66, was charged with intercourse trafficking. He killed himself in August 2019 at a federal jail in Manhattan the place he was awaiting trial with out bail.
In 2008 in Florida, Epstein pleaded responsible to state costs of soliciting and procuring an individual underneath age 18 for prostitution. He spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and remained a registered intercourse offender.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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