Ghislaine Maxwell: the judge delays the unveiling of a deposition of the former alleged accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein

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U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska dismissed Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to block the release of 2016 civil trial depositions on Wednesday, but delayed the unsealing until Monday so Maxwell could ask an appeals court to reconsider the case, according to court documents.

Maxwell, 58, was indicted by federal prosecutors in early July for allegedly helping to recruit, prepare and ultimately sexually abuse minors as young as 14 as part of a multi-year criminal enterprise with Epstein. She pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to imprisonment pending trial. She is also charged with two counts of perjury.

The deposition that Maxwell’s legal team is fighting to keep sealed relates to a 2015 libel case brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claimed that Epstein sexually assaulted her as a minor and that Maxwell had contributed to these abuses. The case was settled in 2017.

Maxwell denied knowing if Epstein had a plan to recruit underage girls for sex during the deposition.

Unless an appeals court rules against her, the deposition and related documents will be unsealed on Monday. The additional documents Judge Preska ruled on last week will be released on Thursday as scheduled.These documents include emails and depositions from other people, including Giuffre and anonymous women who also claim to have been abused by Epstein.

In her ruling last week, she said the public’s right to access information outweighed Maxwell’s “boredom or embarrassment”.

“In the context of this case, in particular its allegations of sex trafficking of young girls, the court finds that any embarrassment or minor annoyance resulting from Ms. Maxwell’s non-testimony … is largely outweighed by the presumption of public access”, she told me.

However, in that decision, Preska said some information would remain sealed. Several medical records included in the court records will remain sealed, and the multiple anonymous women – “Jane Does” who accused Epstein of abuse but did not speak out publicly – will continue to have their identities redacted in the documents, he said. she declared.

CNN’s Kara Scannell contributed to this report.

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