A TROVE of “extremely personal” secret documents relating to socialite Ghislaine Maxwell are expected to be unsealed next week, which could implicate other prominent people in her alleged crimes and blow up the case.
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 the the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
She pleaded not guilty and was ordered to remain in prison pending trial in July 2021.
Meanwhile, New York District Senior Judge Loretta Preska ordered the sealed files to be made public in a 2015 case in which Epstein’s victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre accused Maxwell of libel for lying. about milking and grooming.
Giuffre also claimed she was forced to have sex with Epstein’s then-friend the Duke of York, as well as his lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, allegations both sides strongly deny .
Included in more than 80 documents to be released in the coming days, several depositions from Epstein’s accusers, as well as Maxwell’s 418-page deposition – his only official account of the couple’s association – related to the lawsuit settled in 2017 for an undisclosed amount.
Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and property manager, says she was asked “intrusive” questions about her sex life during the “confidential” discussion.
The content is expected to shed more light on Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein and will include the financier’s private jet flight logs and police reports from Palm Beach, Fla., Where he had a home.
Limited snippets of Maxwell’s 2016 deposition were released last August, a day before Epstein died by suicide in his prison cell while awaiting trial for allegedly running a sex trafficking business.
“I had no idea Epstein had sex with anyone when I was with him other than me,” Maxwell said, according to court documents.
She also denied having participated in a “program to recruit underage girls for sex massages.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Maxwell continued, adding that a “very small part” of his job was to find “professional adult massage therapists” for Epstein.
But questions remain about what really happened and who was involved – with prosecutors now placing their hopes in unsealing more documents for answers.
Epstein often invited VIPs – including celebrities, presidents and royals – to his various properties and aboard his jet.
Some of these people have been accused by some of Epstein’s victims of being involved in his sexual network with underage girls, but have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
The names of two mysterious “John Does” will also be revealed in the unsealed files unless Maxwell’s legal team succeeds on appeal.
The judge noted that neither “John Doe 1” nor “John Doe 2” objected.
The purpose of the unsealing is the context as provided by the plaintiff, the defendant and their legal teams before the trial in a civil action, and it is therefore not yet known whether Prince Andrew, Dershowitz, the sitting President or whoever either of Epstein’s little black books are mentioned, let alone compromised.
Dershowitz, a friend of Epstein’s who advised him as he secured a generous deal with Florida prosecutors on his conviction in 2010, said he welcomed the release.
“I am delighted that all documents are released, as I have nothing to hide,” he said.
Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents some of the financier’s victims, told the Mirror: “The unsealing of the Maxwell documents is a positive step.
“Secrecy favors predators. Transparency helps victims.
“Anyone who was associated with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell should be very concerned.
“In particular, Prince Andrew should move forward in cooperating with investigators as he promised to do months ago. “
In her ruling, Justice Preska 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.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan has said in a written order that she expects everyone involved in the case against Maxwell to exercise “great care” in abiding by rules designed to ensure a fair trial and that no further action is required.
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Epstein had already served a 13-month prison sentence in the late 2000s after pleading guilty to criminal charges in the state of Florida, including paying for the sex of an underage girl.
Several women have claimed that Maxwell helped recruit and prepare them before they were abused by Epstein as minors. At least two also alleged that Maxwell participated in the abuse.
Maxwell was arrested in early July in New Hampshire and faces 35 years in prison if convicted.