Friday, October 30, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell testimony: 465 pages of fury, denials, glimpses into Jeffrey Epstein’s life


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No, said Ghislaine Maxwell, she didn’t remember where she met Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who says she was recruited from a job at Mar-a-Lago as a teenager to become a Jeffrey Epstein masseuse and eventually a “sex slave.”

Yes, she recalled women hanging around Epstein’s pool topless, but it was not that common and they didn’t appear underage, she swore.

No, despite claims to the contrary, she said she didn’t participate in orgies with Epstein and young girls, including a specific allegation that involved a 13-year-old.

The back and forth comes from a 465-page transcript released early Thursday of a deposition from 2016 given by Maxwell, the former partner and alleged recruiter for Jeffrey Epstein who was arrested this past summer on sex-related charges. It shows how deeply intertwined she was in what authorities labeled the sexual trafficking of minors.

Maxwell gave the deposition in a defamation lawsuit settled in 2017 that had been brought against her by Epstein accuser Giuffre. Much of the court record remained hidden from public view until the Miami Herald first sued in April 2018 for dozens of documents in the case to be unsealed.

An earlier batch of filings was released last summer. While Giuffre supported release of the transcript in July, Maxwell’s lawyers had put up obstacle after obstacle to block its release.

That ended Thursday, after days of wrangling over redactions, when the transcript of Maxwell’s deposition became public. Two more depositions from unnamed people referred to as Doe 1 and Doe 2 are expected to be released within the next month.(more...)

Ghislaine Maxwell testimony: 465 pages of fury, denials, glimpses into Jeffrey Epstein’s life

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