The move comes less than 24 hours after the unsealing of hundreds of pages of documents linked to a civil lawsuit of Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who sued Maxwell for defamation in 2015.
The order to temporarily withhold the sensitive testimony came on Friday, after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said it would delay the deposition's release while it heard further arguments from Maxwell, who insisted the material could prejudice a jury against her unfairly.
According to the documents, Maxwell had remained in close contact with Epstein through email.
FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.
Others were allegedly a part of Epstein's group included United Kingdom royal Prince Andrew, former Vice President Al Gore, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Epstein's former defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. "Our office is considering its options". He has even suggested the unsealed documents prove his innocence.
Epstein was found hanged in his cell in August past year while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. Some of Epstein's alleged victims have said Maxwell lured them into his circle, where they were sexually abused by him and powerful friends.
Titled The Billionaire Playboy's Club, it was written by Virginia Giuffre - who claims she had sex with Andrew on three separate occasions.
Maxwell is jailed awaiting trial in NY. The judge rejected the attempts and accused Maxwell's defense team of trying to "muddy the waters".
They included a deposition in which Giuffre described the alleged abuse, and also answered questions about errors she'd made previously in telling her story, including originally telling a court she was 15 when she met Epstein, when records showed she was at least a year older.
"Ghislaine Maxwell brought me into the sex trafficking industry".
Giuffre over the years has told her story to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but no charges were brought based on her allegations and she is not one of the three alleged victims in the current criminal case against Maxwell. In a 2003 Vanity Fair article, Epstein was quoted as saying Maxwell was his "best friend".
"Lawyers for the two anonymous Epstein accusers from the court documents wrote: "(They are) seeking documents regarding Epstein's lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. She faces six counts, including perjury, and faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
It is not clear who Shelley is.
On January 21, 2015, Epstein sent Maxwell what appears to be a statement she should use to defend herself.
"I have been the target of outright lies, innuendo, slander, defamation and salacious gossip and harassment", it says.