Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has stumbled upon “critical new information” that will impact both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil libel case, as they continue to fight to keep under seal potentially explosive documents, according to court documents filed Monday evening.
Lawyers for the former British socialist did not give details of what they might have discovered in the court file – they only revealed that they saw the information last Friday and that it was doing subject to a court protection order.
Last month, New York judge Loretta Preska ordered the disclosure of a multitude of documents relating to a libel lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein in 2015.
There will be more unsealed documents in the coming weeks, as non-parties and parties named in the documents are given due process to object to the unsealing.
The 58-year-old had fought tooth and nail to keep recent documents under seal, especially her testimony and that of a Jane Doe. In a flurry of last-minute deposits, she managed to keep the bomb depositions secret for a bit longer.
Now she is trying to delay the process of unsealing other unpublished documents, asking that they be put on hold for at least three more weeks.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has stumbled upon “critical new information” that will impact both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil libel case, as they continue to fight to keep them under seal. potentially explosive documents, according to court documents filed Monday evening.
Lawyers for the former British socialist did not give details of what they might have discovered in the court file – they only revealed that they saw the information last Friday and that it was subject to a court protection order.
Maxwell’s request came before her team complained about conditions inside Brooklyn Jail, where she is being held ahead of her trial next summer.
She was recently taken off suicide watch, but undergoes multiple searches every day and is under constant surveillance by guards, her lawyers said in a separate file Monday evening.
The searches and surveillance should end, her lawyers said, while demanding that she be released from solitary confinement and placed with other prisoners.
Last month, New York Judge Loretta Preska ordered a treasure trove of unsealed documents relating to a libel suit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein (pictured)
Her legal team says she is only subject to the “onerous” terms because her ex-boyfriend Epstein died pending trial, in what has been called suicide.
They claim that she “has never been suicidal and has never been diagnosed with risk factors for suicide”, but is still awake every few hours during the night and forced to wear special clothes. .
She was also forced to undergo body scans, lawyer Chris Everdell wrote in a letter to the judge and is being watched even calling her lawyers.
‘SP. Maxwell is treated less well than other inmates awaiting trial in similar situations, which has a significant impact on her ability to prepare a defense, ”he said.
His letter asks that Maxwell “be handed over to the general public and be granted the privileges accorded to other remand inmates.”
Everdell also requested that she be given more computer time to review the many documents relating to her case.
In addition, his team has asked for the names of three anonymous women who accuse him of treating and abusing them.
“Maxwell cannot prepare or receive a fair trial without this information,” argued his lawyers.
Jeffrey Epstein was first charged with sex trafficking in Florida in 2006, before being hit with a 53-page indictment by the FBI the following year.
Maxwell’s request came before her team complained about the conditions inside Brooklyn Jail, where she is being held ahead of her trial next summer. Her legal team said she was only subject to “onerous” terms because Epstein died pending trial, in what was deemed suicidal
She was recently taken off suicide watch, but undergoes multiple searches every day and is under constant watch by guards, her lawyers said in a separate file Monday evening. Pictured: The Brooklyn MDC where Maxwell is being held
In 2008, he was offered a controversial plea deal that sentenced him to 18 months in prison for soliciting underage prostitutes.
He was then arrested again in July 2019, charged with sex trafficking and transferred to a maximum security prison in Manhattan.
On August 10, he was found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and later died in what was officially classified as suicide.
Epstein was under suicide watch but was kidnapped just days before his death, on the condition that he was placed with a cellmate and constantly monitored.
But the day before his body was found, his cellmate was moved and not replaced, and the guards did not check him.
Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein’s “madam” by finding young women to abuse and then “training” them to comply with his wishes, was arrested on July 2 at a mansion he she owned in New Hampshire.
The socialite – who once mingled with celebrities, presidents and royalty at high-class parties – was transferred on July 6 to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, once described by a judge as “like a third World countries “.
The guards at the prison, which is different from where Jeffrey Epstein died last year, have been jailed for raping female prisoners, while the prison also lost power for an entire week in winter last year – leaving the detainees locked in dark and freezing cells.
In total, Maxwell faces six counts – four relating to child sex trafficking and two of perjury for lying under oath about trafficking in a previous trial.
If found guilty of all charges, she faces up to 35 years in prison.