Judge Blocks Release of Ghislaine Maxwell Documents Batch
Maxwell lawyers get 2016 testimony temporarily blocked by appeals court
Child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, has scored a victory in court after her lawyers successfully convinced a judge to temporarily block the release of a batch of documents related to her case.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled in favor of British socialite Maxwell in a decision Friday.
The judge granted her request that sworn testimony she gave in April 2016 be temporarily blocked from public release.
The testimony was for a civil case, during which Maxwell denied knowing that Epstein - a convicted pedophile at the time - sexually assaulted underage girls.
Maxwell was subsequently charged with perjury over her statements, Bloomberg News reported.
The temporary court win for Maxwell came one day after a trove of court documents was released regarding the legal entanglements of Epstein.
Convicted sex offender Epstein was declared dead last August after being found hanging in a prison cell in New York City, where he was awaiting trial on federal child sex-trafficking charges.
Maxwell, 58, was Epstein’s girlfriend and has been accused of recruiting underage girls for Epstein for sexual purposes.
She was arrested July 2 in New Hampshire and remains held in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she awaits further court action.
Before the Court of Appeals granted Maxwell’s request Friday, she had argued that release of her 2016 testimony would damage her chances of receiving a fair trial, as well as taint a jury that would be selected for a trial scheduled for next year, Bloomberg reported.
Maxwell’s testimony was supposed to be released next Monday but U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska agreed to let Maxwell challenge the release in the appeals court.
A hearing on the matter was scheduled for Sept. 22, Bloomberg reported.
Meanwhile, the trove of bombshell documents released late Thursday revealed that former President Bill Clinton allegedly visited Jeffrey Epstein's notorious "Pedophile Island" with "two young girls."
As Neon Nettle previously reported, the information was revealed in a witness testimony after a trove of historic Ghislaine Maxwell court documents was released by a New York court late on Thursday night.
In the documents, Epstein's victim, Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, specifically identifies the former US president, by name.
She says she saw Clinton while he was visiting Epstein on his infamous private Caribbean Island, adding that he was there with two unidentified "young girls."