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NEW YORK (AP) — A British socialite criminally charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sexual abuse of teenage ladies testified in 2016 that she had no reminiscence of something amiss on his properties within the 2000s regardless of the accusations from dozens of ladies and ladies that they had been sexually abused by Epstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, stated throughout a July 2016 deposition for a defamation lawsuit that she realized about abuse claims “like everyone else, like the remainder of the world, when it was introduced within the papers.”
Requested if she tried to study whether or not the assertions had been correct, Maxwell was stopped by her legal professional from answering in a transcript launched late Wednesday together with different paperwork pursued by the Miami Herald.
Nonetheless, she indicated that she left employment with Epstein as a result of she “ceased to be completely satisfied within the job and I ceased to be completely satisfied spending time with Mr. Epstein.”
She stated he “grew to become harder to work with.” Requested to be extra particular, she stated: “Simply basic. Simply doesn’t work,” based on the transcript.
The quote was within the public portion of a transcript of a deposition that resulted from a since-settled lawsuit introduced towards her by one in every of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre. Dozens of pages had been blacked out totally and over 100 pages of the 193-page doc had redactions.
The redactions got here after U.S. District Choose Loretta A. Preska dominated that any testimony addressing Maxwell’s sexual relations with adults may stay sealed. Legal professionals for Maxwell had sought to maintain the doc sealed on the grounds it may have an effect on potential jurors for her trial subsequent July.
The transcript of a deposition of Maxwell that occurred earlier in 2016 was launched in October. In it, Maxwell was combative all through seven hours of questioning. Within the second deposition, her lawyer continuously warned her to not reply questions and even threatened to stroll out.
Within the first deposition, she had denied introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to underage intercourse companions and stated she couldn’t recall taking Giuffre out for an evening of clubbing with Andrew in London.. She additionally stated she had flown on Epstein’s personal planes with ex-President Invoice Clinton however refused to explain Epstein and the Democrat as pals.
Within the second deposition, she was adamant that she by no means noticed Epstein getting massages from youngsters who weren’t but adults.
“Did anybody ever complain to you that Mr. Epstein had demanded intercourse of them?” legal professional David Boies requested.
“By no means,” Maxwell responded.
Maxwell, who has acknowledged being Epstein’s girlfriend for a time within the Nineties, testified that she knew of solely three girls Epstein had sexual relations with on his properties in Manhattan, New Mexico, Florida, Paris and the Virgin Islands.
She stated she knew he obtained massages at his property on the Virgin Islands as a result of they occurred within the “grasp cabana” or on the seaside, the place anybody may see.
“I don’t have any recollection of a particular reminiscence, nevertheless it was simply on the seaside, so there wouldn’t be any privateness,” Maxwell stated, although she added that she by no means organized for any girls who came over him to offer him a therapeutic massage.
At one level, Boies stated he wanted “to ask you some questions on your sexual actions with Mr. Epstein.”
“OK,” Maxwell responded. The following web page of the transcript was blacked out.
Maxwell has been held with out bail since pleading not responsible in July to recruiting ladies for Epstein to abuse within the mid-Nineties. Epstein, a rich financier and convicted intercourse offender, killed himself in a Manhattan federal lockup in August 2019 as he awaited a intercourse trafficking trial.