Ghislaine Maxwell loses offer to keep Epstein’s testimony a secret | United States and Canada

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On Monday, a US appeals court dealt Ghislaine Maxwell a hard blow by refusing to block the publication of a statement she had made regarding her relationship with the late financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.Manhattan’s Second U.S. Court of Appeals said there was a presumption the public had a right to see the April 2016 deposition, which was filed in a civil libel suit now settled. by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers.

In its unsigned order, the appeals court also said that US District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan did not abuse her discretion by rejecting Maxwell’s “baseless arguments” that her interests superseded that presumption. .

Maxwell’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment, especially if they were planning a new appeal.

The British socialite had argued that she believed the 418-page deposition was confidential and that its publication could compromise her ability to defend herself against criminal charges that she allowed Epstein’s sexual abuse.

Protester holds up Jeffrey Epstein sign outside New York Federal Courthouse in 2019 [Stephanie Keith/Getty Images]

His lawyers have said that bad publicity resulting from the disclosure of “intimate, sensitive and personal” details of the deposition would violate Maxwell’s right not to self-incriminate and jeopardize a fair trial because jurors could blame him.

The appeals court separately rejected Maxwell’s request to vary a protection order in her criminal case and let her use confidential government-produced documents to try to persuade Preska not to open the deposition.

Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and prepare underage girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sex acts in the mid-1990s, and not guilty of perjury for having denied any involvement in the deposition.

Giuffre said she was a teenager when Maxwell dragged her into Epstein’s circle, where she was treated and trafficked for sex with Epstein and other rich and powerful men.

The pressure to unseal the deposition came from Giuffre and the Miami Herald newspaper, which had done investigative work into Epstein’s conduct, his accusers, and his 2007 efforts to avoid federal sex trafficking charges.

Lawyers for Giuffre and the newspaper were not immediately available for comment.



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