Things have not been going well for Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of now-deceased convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, since she was arrested on charges alleging that she was involved in his sex crimes.
According to Reuters, lawyers for the Epstein ally were unsuccessful in arguing that dozens of “extremely personal” documents related to a settled civil suit against her should remain sealed.
Maxwell’s lawyers make the case
In a separate ruling, her attorneys lost another federal court battle over a denied request for a gag order on prosecutors, FBI agents, and attorneys for alleged victims.
If imposed, the order would have prevented such individuals from speaking about the case outside of a courtroom setting.
According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled this week in a Manhattan, New York, federal court that roughly 80 documents included in the 2015 defamation lawsuit by alleged victim Virginia Roberts Guiffre should be released publicly.
The documents are believed to include flight logs from Epstein’s private jet as well as testimony Maxwell provided during a 2016 deposition. Some of that testimony, her lawyers argue, contained personal information.
While Preska disagreed with the argument and ordered the documents unsealed, she did grant a temporary stay on her own order to allow Maxwell’s attorney an opportunity to file an emergency appeal with a higher circuit court.
The judge’s ruling
The judge ordered lawyers on both sides to proceed as though the records would soon be publicly released, according to The Guardian.
During the recent hearing, Maxwell’s legal team asserted that she was compelled “to answer intrusive questions about her sex life” during the deposition, describing them as “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media.”
Preska, however, determined that “any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from the disclosure of Miss Maxwell’s mostly non-testimony about behavior that has been widely reported in the press is far outweighed by the presumption of public access,” as reported by the New York Post.
While Guiffre has been outspoken in her allegations that Maxwell recruited her at age 15 to be a “masseuse” and “sex slave” for Epstein, Maxwell has flatly denied the charges against her.
The known evidence in this case and the allegations against Maxwell are disturbing enough. The latest decision seems to indicate there will soon be even more sordid details available for public consumption.