Court Releases Over 400 Pages of Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition Transcripts
Depositions were taken as part of Maxwell accuser Virginia Roberts' lawsuit
400 pages of deposition transcripts that were sealed in the case involving sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, have been released following a court order on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska ordered the release of the documents, including transcripts of two days of depositions from 2016 of the British socialite, along with deposition transcript of an anonymous accuser.
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The depositions were taken as part of a lawsuit brought against Maxwell by accuser Virginia Roberts, who alleged her aiding Epstein in the abuse.
Giuffre’s attorneys’ May 2016 motion to the court to compel Maxwell to answer questions she previously avoided during the deposition are also among the documents.
“During her recent deposition, Defendant refused to answer numerous questions about allegedly 'adult' sexual activity related to Jeffrey Epstein."
"Because this activity is highly relevant to this case, Defendant should be ordered to answer questions about it,” wrote attorneys Sigrid McCawley, rad Edwards and Paul Cassell in their May 5, 2016 letter to the court.
“As the Court is aware, this defamation case involves Ms. Giuffre’s assertions that she and other females were recruited by Defendant to be sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein under the guise of being ‘massage therapists.’”
They wrote that Maxwell refused to answer questions regarding “what the alleged ‘massage therapists’ were doing at Jeffrey Epstein’s house and the sexual nature of those massages,” and also refused to speak to her own experience giving Epstein massages," court papers show.
“Defendant’s participation in massages with Epstein is a central part of this case,” the attorneys continued.
“Ms. Giuffre has explained that during her first sexual encounter with Jeffrey Epstein, it was Defendant who provided instruction on how to do it and how to turn the massage into a sexual event.”
Maxwell, during an April 22, 2016, deposition, denied ever given a massage to Epstein “with a female that was under the age of 18,” court papers show.
She also says she never saw Epstein getting a massage from a girl under 18 years old.
Maxwell is then asked if she’s ever told a person (name redacted) “that she would get extra money if she provided Jeffrey massages.”
“I was always happy to give career advice to people and I think that becoming somebody in the healthcare profession, either exercise instructor or nutritionist or professional massage therapist is an excellent job opportunity."
"Hourly wages are around 7, 8, $9, and as a professional healthcare provider you can earn somewhere between as we have established 100 to $200 and to be able to travel and have a job that pays that is a wonderful opportunity.”
Jeffrey Pagliuca, Maxwell’s attorney at the time, instructs her not to answer any questions involving her consensual sex.
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Maxwell says: “I’ve never had nonconsensual sex with anybody.”
“I just testified I never had non-consensual sex with anybody ever, at any time, at any place, at any time, with anybody,” she adds, according to court papers.
Maxwell's lawyers argued the documents should remain sealed to protect her right to a fair trial on charges she aided sex trafficking and abuse of teenage girls for Epstein in the 1990s.
They also noted that sections of the transcripts relating to perjury charges in the indictment she faces, which she pleaded not guilty.
“The premature revelation of this information would give the defendant the opportunity to interfere with the Government’s investigation before it is complete. Such information could allow her to contact and intimidate witnesses, destroy evidence relevant to the investigation, or alert other targets of the investigation,” prosecutors wrote.
Maxwell's lawyers argued that materials could be crucial to her defense and should be turned over sooner.
But prosecutors insist that showing some women were not abused by Maxwell could not be used to argue she didn't engage in abuse from 1994 to 1997.
“The Government has not charged Maxwell with being Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ and ‘principal facilitator of his abuse,'” they wrote.
Maxwell was arrested a year after Epstein was charged with sex trafficking.
Epstein committed suicide in his jail cell in 2019.