A federal judge on Monday shot down Jeffrey Epstein confidant Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to keep a passage from a 2016 civil deposition sealed that describes massages and sex toys.
US District Judge Loretta Preska previously released large components of the under-oath interview from July 22 in regard to a settled lawsuit from Jeffrey Epstein’s suspected victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, but his close confidant’s attorneys had requested the judge keep 20 lines of the document away from public eyes and ears.
However, on Monday Preska said that the court would not.
“It does not relate to private sexual activity of consenting adults, but only to massages,” Preska noted in her decision. “Any private interest she has in sealing this portion of testimony does not outweigh the presumption of public access that attaches to it.”
The British socialite’s attorneys had insisted that the snippet should be kept confidential to keep “private the details of her own consensual, sexual activity.”
The testimony is the foundation for one of two perjury counts against Maxwell in the criminal case, claiming that she wrongly denied ever giving her convicted pedophile boss or a minor a massage, as well as being aware of Epstein’s stockpile of sex toys at his Palm Beach mansion.
Maxwell’s lawyers contended that prosecutors procured the sealed deposition unlawfully and that its release by the civil judge would make it more difficult for them to get it stifled during the trial.
Her attorneys have already filed a motion requesting that US District Judge Alison Nathan, who is supervising the criminal case, throw out the indictment.
The other four counts say that 59-year-old Maxwell assisted Epstein in the 90s with enlisting three teenage girls for sex. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Epstein is said to have commited suicide under extremely suspicious circumstances in his jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Maxwell said she believes her arrest was because of Epstein’s suicide, arguing that she has unfairly become a scapegoat for the deceased billionaire.
“One does not need to engage in complex analysis to understand what has happened here: the government has sought to substitute our client for Jeffrey Epstein, even if it means stretching — and ultimately exceeding — the bounds of the law,” her attorneys wrote last week.
“The government’s sudden zeal to prosecute Ms. Maxwell for alleged conduct with Epstein in the 1990s — conduct for which the government never even charged Epstein — follows a history that is both highly unusual and deeply troubling,” they continued.
Thousands of documents unsealed in 2019 linked with a defamation case against Maxwell’s allegations listed dozens of distinguished names that the self-described victim, Virginia Giuffre, said she had been made to have involuntary sexual encounters with, from former Maine Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to financial manager Glenn Dubin and prominent MIT professor Marvin Minksy.
In the latest release of documents from the civil case, an unidentified witness described how Maxwell supposedly instructed a room of underage girls to “kiss, dance and touch one another in a sexual way” for Epstein’s pleasure.
“I remember her talking about, like strap-ons and stuff like that … how they would always be using stuff like that,” witness Anthony Figueroa said in unsealed documents, reiterating later how the sex would be “with the strap-ons and dildos.”
Maxwell is scheduled to stand trial in July on charges that she procured three teenage girls for her boss to sexually abuse, during the period of 1994 to 1997. Sometimes Maxwell even took part herself, according to the accusations of prosecutors.