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United States court unseals Maxwell-Epstein emails

Ghislaine Maxwell standing in front of a laptop Ghislaine Maxwell speaks at the Arctic Circle Forum in Reykjavik

"Not all accusations or public statements are equal", US District Judge Alison J. Nathan wrote in her ruling in the case facing Ghislaine Maxwell.

Giuffre has recounted how she had a job at 16 handing out towels in a spa locker room at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida before Maxwell lured her to work as a masseuse for Epstein, when he began sexually assaulting her.

Maxwell's lawyers, Mark Cohen and Laura Menninger, didn't immediately respond to email messages sent after business hours seeking comment about Maxwell's email correspondence with Epstein or about the allegations in the unsealed documents.

"Jeffrey did a lot more of that than she did", Giuffre said.

The exchange is part of several hundred pages made public from a 2015 defamation case that Giuffre brought against Maxwell, after Maxwell denounced Giuffre's claims as "obvious lies".

Newly unsealed court documents provide a fresh glimpse into a fierce civil court fight between Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, and one of the women who accused the couple of sexual abuse.

She confirmed that Epstein did boast about Clinton owing him favors, though she did add that she couldn't tell if Epstein was serious when making this claim, noting that he "would laugh it off".

A well-connected figure, she is said to have introduced Epstein to many of her wealthy and powerful friends, including Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew desperately lobbied the USA government to give his pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein the sweet deal that saw the billionaire serve just 13 months in a local jail.

In an email on January 24, 2015, Maxwell appears to try to distance herself from any romantic relationship she had with Epstein, who befriended countless celebrities over the years.

She pleaded not guilty to those charges and denies the allegations.

"You have done nothing wrong and I would urge you to start acting like it", Epstein wrote in January 2015, as more allegations of sexual abuse against him surfaced. Head high, not as an esacping (sic) convict.

Epstein died in prison on 10 August 2019 as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on 2 July in New Hampshire on six counts related to enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury. Prosecutors said she also joined in the abuse. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in NY hasn't ruled on her request.

Though numerous documents released Thursday night contain claims that have already been reported in the shocking, years-long case, the 2011 transcript has never been published before.

Giuffre says she saw former US President Bill Clinton at Epstein's private estate on the Virgin Islands, but she does not accuse him of wrongdoing.

Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, described the psychological toll of his abuse in portions of a newly-released deposition from May 3, 2016.

Maxwell, 58, is accused of helping Epstein recruit and abuse underage girls, including one as young as 14, in London and the United States during the 1990s.