A United States appeals court on Friday (July 31) temporarily delayed the release of a 2016 deposition about Ghislaine Maxwell's sex life, after she argued it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial against criminal charges that she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls.
Giuffre's testimony during the lawsuit was the centerpiece of the released documents, with Dershowitz one of multiple names mentioned accused of being tied to Maxwell and Epstein's activities. Maxwell was recently arrested on federal charges that she recruited at least three girls, including one as young as 14, for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s. Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre's deposition in the lawsuit compiles a disturbing picture of Maxwell's involvement, depicting her to be as monstrous & controlling as Jeffrey Epstein.
He has also been urged to come forward and be interviewed about his friendship with the disgraced financier, who took his own life while in prison last summer awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Giuffre claimed Jeffrey Epstein has three twelve-year-old girls brought to him from France - a "birthday present" from Jean-Luc Brunel.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during a press conference outside a Manhattan court in NY on August 27, 2019.
"Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands".
Maxwell denied the allegations during her deposition in the case in 2016, calling Giuffre an "absolute liar". She was to "give the prince whatever he demanded and report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse", the UK's Guardian newspaper reported.
A judge denied Maxwell be released on bail, and she's now in custody awaiting her trial.
The British socialite, who has pleaded not guilty, will go on trial in July 2021.
The indictment accuses Maxwell of luring the girls by asking them about their lives, schools and families and taking them shopping or to movies. Victims say they were farmed out to some of Epstein's wealthy associates.
Among the newly released documents were emails Ms Maxwell and Epstein exchanged in January 2015, when Ms Giuffre's allegations were getting a new round of media attention. She faces six counts, including perjury, and up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
US District Judge Loretta Preska had ordered the documents' release by Thursday, saying the public's right to see them outweighed Maxwell's interests in keeping them under seal.
One email, sent from Epstein's email address but written in Maxwell's voice, appeared to be a draft a statement or set of talking points for Maxwell to use in defending herself.
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".
"I have been the target of outright lies, innuendo, slander, defamation and salacious gossip and harassment", it says.