Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Judge blocks identifying Epstein victims as allegations aired

Newly-released documents describe Ghislaine Maxwell’s abuse of one of Epstein’s alleged victims Jeffrey Epstein told Ghislaine Maxwell in 2015 she'd done "nothing wrong," unsealed documents show
Deanna Wagner | 01 August, 2020, 17:26

Jeffrey Epstein, who died by apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail previous year, had lots of powerful connections including presidents, royals, and businessmen.

In a deposition conducted on May 3, 2016, Giuffre said that Richards wanted to reopen the investigation into Epstein, but could not because "his hands were tied" by people up above "the chain of command". On Thursday, Maxwell filed an emergency motion to stop them becoming public.

When asked by King whether she thought there should be men panicking over what Maxwell might tell authorities, Giuffre said she would "really hope they are". The highest-profile man to be involved in the case is Britain's Prince Andrew, who vehemently denies charges of sexual abuse brought by Epstein's alleged sex slave. "Go to parties. Deal with it", Epstein wrote back.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after last-ditch scrambles by Maxwell to keep potentially embarrassing information, which her lawyer said could make it "difficult if not impossible" to find an impartial jury, out of the public eye.

"I remember asking Jeffrey what's Bill Clinton doing here kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me a favor", Giuffre told attorneys in a 2011 recorded conversation about her claims against Epstein.

Giuffre says in her deposition that Epstein and Maxwell were "joined hip by hip".

Giuffre was pictured alongside the royal in Maxwell's London townhouse in 2001, hours after she claims she first met Andrew in Tramp nightclub in Mayfair.

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Maxwell's arrest drew worldwide attention because she was allegedly directly involved in Epstein's child trafficking enterprise.

Maxwell, who dated Epstein for a brief period in the 1990s, is in custody while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors for her former partner.

The documents form part of a 2015 libel case against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's alleged madam, which have been kept under lock and key until now. "Go outside, head high, not as an escaping convict". More documents are expected to be released Monday, including parts of Maxwell's deposition.

Lawyers for Maxwell said on July 10 in a court filing requesting bail in her criminal case that she had not been in contact with Epstein for "more than a decade". Later that year, Roberts sued Maxwell for defamation - a pivotal lawsuit that is the source for these newly unsealed court documents. He had also pleaded not guilty. The judge responded to the request by stating that "the court is troubled, but not surprised, that Ms. Maxwell has yet again sought to muddy the waters".

"Ok with me. You have done nothing wrong and I woudl (sic) urge you to start acting like it". A day later, Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan federal jail cell of an apparent suicide while awaiting trial.

Much of what appears in the documents unsealed late Thursday in NY has previously been reported, including Giuffre's claim that Epstein and Maxwell turned her into a "sex slave" and trafficked her to a long line of wealthy and powerful men.

On January 21, 2015, Epstein sent Maxwell what appears to be a statement she should use to defend herself.