It’s getting juicy…a cache of documents in civil litigation against the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was unsealed last night, including correspondence with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The documents stem from a 2015 civil action brought against Maxwell by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has claimed that Maxwell lured her into Epstein’s orbit at 15 years old, under the guise of offering work as a masseuse at his Palm Beach estate. They include personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer.
Many documents in this case have been subject to an intense legal battle. Maxwell’s attorneys in the civil suit had argued to keep many records under seal, maintaining previously that “this series of pleadings concerns [attempts] to compel Ms Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life”.
Maxwell’s attorneys are fighting to keep the documents under seal arguing that they are “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media.”
Documents involving Maxwell’s deposition have not been released yet, as her lawyers are appealing their unsealing.
Federal authorities arrested Maxwell on 2 July and charged her for allegedly participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking. Maxwell, daughter of the late publishing baron Robert Maxwell, pleaded not guilty on 14 July. Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Her lawyers have said she “vigorously denies the charges” and is “entitled to the presumption of innocence”.
Maxwell is being held in jail pending trial, which is scheduled for next July.