Judge orders disclosure of documents related to Ghislaine Maxwell, who provides for appeal

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NEW YORK – A U.S. judge on Thursday cleared the release of new documents following a 2015 civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein who faces criminal charges for luring girls to the financial deceased to sexual abuse.

Despite Maxwell’s objections, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan said the presumption that the public has a right to access the records outweighed Maxwell’s arguments to keep them sealed, including that they could be embarrassing.

Preska also said personally identifying information on the file, as well as the names of many “non-parties,” will be redacted.

The files will not be released immediately, after the judge gave Maxwell’s attorney a week to file an emergency petition with the Manhattan Federal Court of Appeals to block the release.

If the documents are released, they will likely shed more light on Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein, as well as Epstein’s own conduct.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre is pictured speaking on the BBC’s Panorama television show.

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