A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that a 418-page deposition of accused Jeffrey Epstein trafficker and groomer Ghislaine Maxwell must be unsealed.
Lawyers for the former socialite had fought against its release, but the three-judge Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York found their arguments to be “without merit.”
Maxwell stands accused of procuring underage girls for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The deposition comes from a now-settled 2016 defamation case brought against Maxwell by one of Epstein’s alleged survivors, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
One of Maxwell’s lawyers had argued in June that the deposition contains efforts “to compel Ms. Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life.”
Those questions were only answered in the deposition, according to the lawyer, because his client had “a strong expectation of continued confidentiality.”
The deposition could become public in a matter of days.
Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held in prison, charged with multiple sex trafficking and sexual assault offenses, along with two counts of perjury.
It is alleged not only that she provided underage girls for Epstein, but that she participated in the abuse herself.
It was in July that a judge ordered the release of a trove of documents in the lawsuit against Maxwell.
Amongst those documents are police reports from Epstein’s home, flight logs from his private jets, and the deposition which lawyers claimed involved “intrusive questions” about Maxwell’s sex life.
A witness interview document claimed former President Bill Clinton visited Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
The witness – Giuffre – made statements in a transcribed conversation to that effect, though no definitive proof of her allegations has yet to surface.
“I remember asking Jeffrey [a] ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor,’” she said, according to the documents.
“He never told me what favors they were. I never knew. I didn’t know if he was serious. It was just a joke.”
Reports surfaced weeks ago that Clinton had allegedly invited Maxwell to a “cozy” dinner in 2014.
The former President’s advance team, according to a Daily Beast report, secured seating for Maxwell and her now rumored husband, tech CEO Scott Borgerson.
At the time, Epstein had already been convicted of procuring for prostitution a girl below the age of 18 in 2008, and Giuffre had publicly accused Maxwell of being involved in the trafficking.
Following Epstein’s arrest in 2019, Clinton’s press secretary Angel Ureña tweeted a statement in which he admitted to taking a “total of four trips” on the convicted sex offender Epstein’s plane.
An analysis by Fox News in 2016 showed former President Bill Clinton traveled on Epstein’s jet 26 separate times, and that several of those trips involved him ditching his Secret Service detail.
Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer representing several of Epstein’s victims, celebrated news of Ghislaine Maxwell’s deposition being made public.
“Everyone who was a part of the Epstein sex ring should be concerned,” he warned.
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