Unsealed court documents reveal Ghislaine Maxwell's connection with Epstein

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

A NY judge has unsealed 2,000 documents from a 2015 civil lawsuit filed against Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who is accused of luring girls to be sexually abused by convicted predator and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein kept her as a "sex slave" from about 1999 to 2002, before she escaped and fled to another country, according to a document.

Two documents that were not released as scheduled Thursday were depositions Maxwell gave in the civil lawsuit in 2016.

Maxwell, 58, was Epstein's girlfriend and has been accused of recruiting underage girls for Epstein for sexual purposes.

Among the materials released were email correspondence between the pair in early 2015, including an email in which Epstein told Maxwell she had "done nothing wrong".

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew allegedly lobbied the U.S. government on Jeffrey Epstein's behalf so he would receive a "favourable" plea deal for an underage prostitution case in 2008, according to newly-released court documents. "Our office is considering its options".

Alan Dershowitz has also vehemently denied accusations of his association with Epstein. He has even suggested the unsealed documents prove his innocence.

The testimony was in connection with a civil case in which Maxwell denied knowing that the late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted underage girls.

Giuffre says Epstein told her "everyone owes him favours".

Giuffre also accused Dershowitz of trying to help negotiate a plea deal for Epstein in 2008 for sexual abuse charges in Florida with the intent of trying to shield co-conspirators in the abuse ring.

In seeking to keep Maxwell's deposition sealed, her lawyers said in court papers on Thursday she had been promised confidentiality by Giuffre's lawyers and the presiding judge at the time, through an agreed-upon protective order, before answering many personal, sensitive and "allegedly incriminatory " questions about her dealings with Epstein.

Other unsealed materials included emails from Giuffre to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014, including when she expressed interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in pursuing a case against Epstein and proving "how much pedophilia occurred by Jeffrey and the many other monsters he obliged w underage girls".

"Ghislaine Maxwell brought me into the sex trafficking industry". In a 2003 Vanity Fair article, Epstein was quoted as saying Maxwell was his "best friend".

Lawyers for Maxwell said on July 10 in a court filing requesting bail in her criminal case that she had not been in contact with Epstein for "more than a decade". She was arrested July 2 in New Hampshire and remains held in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she awaits further court action.

It is not clear who Shelley is.

One email, sent from Epstein's email address but written in Maxwell's voice, appeared to be a draft a statement or set of talking points for Maxwell to use in defending herself.

"I have been the target of outright lies, innuendo, slander, defamation and salacious gossip and harassment", it says.

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