Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime affiliate of Jeffrey Epstein, has beforehand testified she by no means noticed him obtain massages from anybody apart from herself at his residence in New York, the place prosecutors are pursuing legal costs that she helped him procure underage ladies for intercourse.
- Ghislaine Maxwell’s claims have been made in 2016, and have solely been launched by a US court docket this week
- The British socialite is accused of serving to convicted intercourse offender Jeffery Epstein lure underage ladies
- She is being held in a federal jail after having two bail requests rejected
The denial got here in a July 2016 deposition that Ms Maxwell gave in a settled civil defamation lawsuit towards her by Virginia Giuffre, considered one of dozens of ladies who’ve accused Epstein of sexual misconduct.
Greater than 100 paperwork from that lawsuit have been made public late on Wednesday night time within the US District Court docket in Manhattan.
Legal professionals for Ms Maxwell couldn’t instantly be contacted for remark by Reuters.
Ms Maxwell gave the deposition after Ms Giuffre’s attorneys deemed the British socialite uncooperative throughout earlier questioning, the place she rejected ideas she noticed Epstein have intercourse with ladies or helped organize unlawful sexual encounters.
In response to questions from Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies, Ms Maxwell mentioned she had seen folks give Epstein massages at his properties in Palm Seashore, Florida and the US Virgin Islands.
She mentioned she believed all have been skilled masseuses, and that Epstein “by no means had garments on” when being massaged.
Requested if something led her to consider she not needed to be round Epstein, she mentioned: “I ceased to be comfortable within the job and I ceased to be comfortable spending time with Mr Epstein.”
Ms Maxwell mentioned Epstein had grow to be “tougher to work with”.
Parts of the testimony have been redacted after US District Decide Loretta Preska — who ordered the paperwork’ launch — mentioned the extra “prurient” particulars about Ms Maxwell’s personal intercourse life might be stored secret.
The redactions included 20 strains of testimony that Ms Maxwell’s attorneys have mentioned are the premise for a perjury cost in her legal case, and which if disclosed might undermine her constitutional proper to a good trial.
Ms Giuffre needs that testimony made public.
Decide Preska has but to make her determination on whether or not that testimony can be made public.
Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not responsible to serving to Epstein recruit and groom three underage ladies for intercourse within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, and mendacity about her involvement below oath.
Her trial is scheduled for July 12.
Earlier this week, Ms Maxwell asked the judge in the criminal case to dismiss the indictment on several grounds, together with that she was shielded by Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution settlement.
Epstein agreed to plead responsible in 2008 to prostitution costs in Florida, register as a intercourse offender, and settle for a 13-month jail sentence.
Among the many different supplies launched on Wednesday have been paperwork referring to Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Regulation College professor who Ms Giuffre has mentioned Epstein pressured her to have intercourse with.
Mr Dershowitz has denied her claims, and he and Ms Giuffre have been suing one another for defamation.
Ms Maxwell is being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn, and has been denied bail twice following her arrest last July.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking costs.