Epstein’s floodgates open as judge orders explosive Ghislaine Maxwell docs unsealed

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A judge today ordered the unsealing of a vast slice of documents related to Jeffrey Epstein, which could shed light on his friendship with powerful men accused of having sex with his victims.

Judge Loretta Preska said 80 documents – which will be hundreds of pages long – are expected to be released to the public in a week.

The documents will include depositions from Ghislaine Maxwell, which could explain her alleged role in Epstein’s sex trafficking operation.

The documents include flight logs from Epstein’s private jets, a 2016 deposition testimony in which Maxwell’s attorneys said he was asked ‘intrusive’ questions about his sex life, and police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home.

They will also include communications between Maxwell and Epstein from January 2015, when Virginia Roberts made explosive allegations about them in court documents.

In the papers, Roberts claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions when she was only 17 under Epstein’s orders.

The case is separate from the criminal proceedings against Maxwell, 58, who is accused by federal prosecutors of procuring girls as young as 14 to be abused by Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty and is due to be tried next year.

A judge today ordered the unsealing of a vast slice of documents related to Jeffrey Epstein, which could shed light on his friendship with powerful men accused of having sex with his victims. The documents will include depositions from Ghislaine Maxwell, which could explain her alleged role in Epstein’s sex trafficking operation.

They include Epstein's jet flight logs, a deposition in 2016 in which Maxwell's attorneys said he was asked `` intrusive '' questions about his sex life.  The documents also include police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home

They include Epstein’s jet flight logs, a 2016 deposition in which Maxwell’s attorneys said he was asked “intrusive” questions about his sex life. The documents also include police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home

The case on Thursday was originally brought by Roberts, now a 36-year-old mother of three who lives in Australia and is called Virginia Giuffre.

She sued Maxwell in 2015 for libel because Maxwell accused her of lying.

Roberts said in court documents that Maxwell recruited her and other girls into a sex trafficking ring for “politically connected and financially powerful people.”

The case was settled in 2017 for an undisclosed amount, but media organizations have taken legal action to have documents in the case made public.

Judge Loretta Preska said 80 documents - which will be hundreds of pages long - should be released to the public in a week

Judge Loretta Preska said 80 documents – which will be hundreds of pages long – should be released to the public in a week

During the Manhattan federal court hearing, Justice Preska said Maxwell’s right to privacy was outweighed by the need for the documents to become public.

She went through the dozens of documents which included Roberts’ depositions and various dull-sounding legal papers.

The content could be explosive, however, and contain new evidence against the wealthy elite who socialized with Epstein.

After the ruling, Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger asked for two weeks for the unsealing so they could file an appeal in the Second Circuit in New York.

Menninger said: “There have been significant changes in regards to my client’s positions and perhaps known to anyone listening to this, as we were talking about a possible ongoing criminal investigation (before), since then Miss Maxwell was indicted and a trial was scheduled.

“Now we are in a very different position and have serious concerns about our clients’ ability to receive a fair trial given the intense media scrutiny of anything unsealed.”

Roberts’ lawyer Sigrid McCawley said she wanted the documents to be made public “as soon as possible”.

Judge Preska said if the Second Circuit had not ruled within a week, the records would have to be made public.

The case on Thursday was originally brought by Roberts, now a 36-year-old mother of three who lives in Australia and bears her married name Virginia Giuffre (pictured) She sued Maxwell in 2015 for libel because Maxwell accused her of lying. Roberts said in court documents Maxwell had recruited her and other girls into a sex trafficking ring for “politically connected and financially powerful people”

The documents will also include communications between Maxwell and Epstein from January 2015, when Virginia Roberts made explosive allegations about them in court documents.  In the papers, Roberts claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew (pictured together) three times when she was 17 under Epstein's orders

The documents will also include communications between Maxwell and Epstein from January 2015, when Virginia Roberts made explosive allegations about them in court documents. In the papers, Roberts claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew (pictured together) three times when she was 17 under Epstein’s orders

The lawsuit to disclose the documents was originally filed by the Miami Herald and their reporter Julie Brown, whose Epstein series titled “Perversion of Justice” in 2018 brought the case back to focus and led to his arrest in July. latest.

As a result, thousands of pages of documents are published on an ongoing basis.

Whenever a person’s name appears, they are notified and have the option to object to their name becoming public.

There were two John Does in the latter batch, but they did not complain when asked for comment, according to court documents.

The Second Circuit had previously ordered that 2,000 pages of documents be made public and they were released last August, the day before Epstein’s death.

The documents included the unpublished manuscript of a memoir by Epstein prosecutor Virginia Roberts detailing her years of abuse by her.

There were depositions from Epstein’s pilots, his former associates, and flight logs showing him traveling the world with his victims and famous people like Bill Clinton.

Among those who have been interested in the libel case are lawyers for a “John Doe” who appears to be someone who will be in the documents.

His identity is unclear, but powerful men who have been accused of involvement with Epstein include former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barack.

On the same day, Maxwell received another heavy blow when the judge in charge of his criminal case refused his request to gag the FBI, prosecutors and victims’ lawyers.

Judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell could still get a fair trial, but warned she “wouldn’t hesitate to take appropriate action” if someone got out of line.

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