Dozens of new documents related to Ghislaine Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein were released on Thursday as the British socialite defends herself against criminal charges she aided the late financier in sexually abusing girls.
On July 23, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan ordered the release of large portions of more than 80 documents in a 2015 civil libel lawsuit against Maxwell against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, which accused Epstein of l ‘having kept as a “sex slave” with the help of Maxwell.
On Thursday, Maxwell filed an emergency motion with the Manhattan Federal Court of Appeal to block the release of two additional documents, including an April 2016 statement related to his sex life and a statement by an anonymous accuser of Epstein.
Maxwell’s lawyers said making his testimony public could make it “difficult, if not impossible,” to find an impartial jury for his criminal trial.
Both depositions, along with documents that cite or disclose information they contain, were to remain sealed until at least Monday, according to the appeals court ruling.
Materials covered by Preska’s July 23 order included flight logs from Epstein’s private jets; and police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home, among other documents.
Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and to commit perjury by denying his involvement under oath.
She was arrested on July 2 and held in a Brooklyn jail after a judge called her a flight risk. Maxwell’s trial is scheduled for next July.
Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan prison, awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for abusing women and girls in Manhattan and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He also pleaded not guilty.