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Documents unsealed from suit against Epstein's ex-girlfriend

Ghislaine Maxwell's secret sex files may stop fair trial lawyers

"All Ms Maxwell is asking is that this court have a fair opportunity to review the merits of the district court's decision before the deposition material is unsealed for all time".

Dozens of new documents related to Ghislaine Maxwell's dealings with Jeffrey Epstein were publicly released on Thursday, as the British socialite defends herself against criminal charges she aided the late financier's sexual abuse of girls.

US District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan had on July 23 ordered the release of large portions of more than 80 documents from a 2015 civil defamation lawsuit against Ms Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who accused Epstein of having kept her as a "sex slave" with Ms Maxwell's assistance. The stakes are much higher now.

The existence of the emails contradict a claim made by Maxwell's attorneys earlier this month that she had "no contact with Epstein for more than a decade".

The sealed deposition of Epstein's alleged victim, Virginia Giuffre, has been released as U.S. prosecutors are investigating sex crime-related charges against his long-time confidant, Ghislaine Maxwell. "Evidence of that conduct will not be admissible in Ms. Maxwell's criminal trial, because it is irrelevant and highly prejudicial", Mueller wrote.

The lawyers said this included when Maxwell responded "I don't know what you're talking about" when asked if Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages.

Prosecutors accuse the 58-year-old of recruiting and grooming girls as young as 14 to be abused by Epstein.

The cache of released materials also includes flight logs from Epstein's private jets, police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home, among other documents.

Maxwell, and all of the accused men, have denied those allegations for years.

Mr Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for abusing women and girls in Manhattan and Florida from 2002 to 2005.

The emails show that Epstein also sent a statement for Maxwell created to help her distance herself from his crimes and accusations.

Among the newly released documents were emails Maxwell and Epstein exchanged in January 2015, when Giuffre's allegations were getting a new round of media attention.

"You have done nothing wrong and i woudl [sic] urge you to start acting like it", Epstein wrote in the January 25, 2015 email.

Ms Giuffre over the years has told her story to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but no charges were brought based on her allegations and she is not one of the three alleged victims in the current criminal case against Ms Maxwell.

The deposition is scheduled for release on Aug 3, unless the appeals court orders a delay or further arguments.

She was denied bail and is being held in a Brooklyn jail after the judge overseeing her criminal case called her a flight risk.

Maxwell's lawyers repeatedly had tried to block their release, arguing that they could prejudice her trial.