Epstein’s alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell fails to block release of key documents

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Maxwell, 58, is being held in a Brooklyn jail after pleading not guilty last week to charges that she helped Epstein recruit and possibly mistreat girls from 1994 to 1997, and perjured by denying knowledge of his abuses during depositions.

Preska said the presumption that the public had a right to access the documents outweighed Maxwell’s arguments for keeping them secret, including that they concerned “extremely personal” matters the publication of which could prove to be true. embarrassing or boring.

The judge gave Maxwell a week to file an emergency appeal, but said both sides should proceed as if the documents would be made public, perhaps within a week.

His lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Preska’s decision came after U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan dismissed Maxwell’s separate effort to prevent prosecutors, FBI agents and lawyers for some accusers from making out-of-court statements about his criminal case.

Nathan, who oversees the criminal case, said a gag order was not necessary to protect Maxwell’s right to a fair trial, but that she “will not hesitate” to act if necessary.

A trial is scheduled for July 12, 2021.

Epstein was arrested in July last year and has pleaded not guilty to several charges of sexual abuse. He was found hanged on August 10 in his prison cell at age 66, in a death deemed suicidal.

Prior to his arrest, Epstein had socialized over the years with many prominent figures, including British Prince Andrew, US President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton.

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