Ghislaine Maxwell's 2016 deposition transcript will be unsealed, appeals court rules
Oct 21 2020
A US appeals court on Monday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's effort to block the release of an April 2016 deposition concerning her relationship with the late financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Her lawyers had appealed a judge's July ruling to allow the release of the transcripts of two depositions in which she answered questions before the lawsuit was settled.
The depositions were taken in April and July 2016 in a civil case brought by one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre.
"I don't know what you're talking about", Ms Maxwell responded, her lawyer noted in making his arguments for secrecy.
The judges wrote the lower court "did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Maxwell's meritless arguments that her interests superseded the presumption of access".
The multiple anonymous women - "Jane Does" who accused Epstein of abuse but haven't publicly spoken out - will continue to have their names redacted in the documents, she said.
Maxwell is scheduled for trial next summer to face charges that she helped recruit girls - including one as young as 14 - for Epstein to abuse in the 1990s.
Sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell appearing via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail
But Ms Maxwell's lawyers said bad publicity from disclosing "intimate, sensitive, and personal details" from the deposition could undermine her ability to defend herself against criminal charges that she enabled Epstein's sexual abuses.
Giuffre said she was a teenager when Maxwell pulled her into Epstein's circle, where she was groomed and trafficked for sex with Epstein and other wealthy, powerful men. And in July, Maxwell, 58, was charged on several counts related to sex trafficking of minors and perjury.
Lawyers for Maxwell have not commented.
As Breitbart News reported, federal authorities have held Maxwell without bail since she was arrested at secret New Hampshire compound on July 2.
She has been locked up in a Brooklyn jail after U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who oversees the criminal case, called her an unacceptable flight risk.
The cases in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 20-2413, and U.S. v. Maxwell, No. 20-3061.
He was arrested in 2019 on child sex-trafficking charges, and roughly a month later, he was found unresponsive in his jail cell.