Judge rules Ghislaine Maxwell deposition excerpt to be unsealed

Judge rules Ghislaine Maxwell deposition excerpt to be unsealed
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British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is most commonly known for her association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has lost her bid to keep a deposition excerpt secret.

Earlier this week, Manhattan District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that an excerpt from a 2016 deposition by Maxwell can be unsealed, stating that Maxwell had a “minimal” privacy interest in it, according to Reuters.

Preska rejected Maxwell’s effort to keep the excerpt out of the public eye, despite Maxwell’s fears that it would undermine her criminal trial on charges that she helped Epstein commit perjury.

“There is no reason not to unseal this portion of testimony,” wrote the judge. “While the court acknowledges Ms. Maxwell’s interest in a fair criminal trial, Ms. Maxwell can argue all her points to the presiding judge in her criminal trial, as she has already.”

Preska released portions of the July 22, 2016 deposition in the past, which came from a civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, one of the women who has accused Epstein of sexual misconduct. That lawsuit has been settled, according to Reuters.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment claiming that she aided Epstein in recruiting three teenage girls for sex between the years of 1994 to 1997.

Maxwell, who is now 59, previously stated that the 20 lines of testimony were the basis of one of her perjury charges.

That charge covered her denials to giving Epstein or anyone else a massage, knowing whether Epstein had sex in the 1990s and 2000s with anyone besides herself and two other women, and knowing whether Epstein possessed sex toys, according to Reuters.

She believes prosecutors acquired the deposition transcript illegally.

Epstein, who died by suicide in jail in 2019, was a convicted sex offender. He was arrested in July of 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.

Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 on charges relating to Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation.

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