Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is now facing charges of sex trafficking and perjury that could result in a life sentence if she is convicted. Recent reports, however, indicate she might not be the only one who should be concerned about what the prosecution uncovers.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska announced this week that a lawsuit by one of Maxwell’s accusers can be made public — and some of the material reportedly pertains to former President Bill Clinton and his family.
“Not the job of the court”
According to reports, Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a defamation suit in 2015 after Maxwell claimed she was lying about being abused. That case was settled two years later.
During litigation, Giuffre’s attorneys reportedly obtained information about money provided by the Clinton Global Initiative to the TerraMar Project, a nonprofit organization established by Maxwell. The Clinton Foundation issued a press release in 2013 touting its connection to that and other nonprofit groups.
“In 2013, the TerraMar Project committed to launch the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) to mobilize the international community and the public at large on the importance of the Oceans and the Seas and to ensure that the 193 UN Member States recognize and incorporate oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted in 2015,” the statement declared.
Maxwell’s attorneys objected to the release of material that could impact her criminal trial, but Preska dismissed such concerns.
“It is not the job of the court to police press coverage,” the judge concluded. “Tabloid fodder doesn’t diminish the importance of materials that could reasonably affect the court’s decision on a motion.”
“He owes me favors”
Preska previously ordered the release of other documents in which Giuffre claimed that Clinton and Epstein had a familiar relationship, reports noted.
“You know, I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing [on Epstein’s private island] kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me favors,'” Giuffre said at the time.
Her testimony is not the only evidence signaling a personal connection between the disgraced financier and former president. Fox News reported in 2016 that flight logs show Clinton made at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s private plane.
The Sun published images showing both Epstein and Maxwell receiving a White House tour and shaking hands with Clinton during his presidency.
It remains to be seen whether the forthcoming release of new documents further implicates the Clintons in this continuing saga.