World News – US – Deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell, indicted in Epstein case, revealed


Ms Maxwell, who fought to keep the testimony a secret, has repeatedly denied that she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit, prepare and sexually abuse teenage girls

For years, Ghislaine Maxwell has been a central but silent figure in a scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein’s long history of teenage abuse

On Thursday, however, Ms. Maxwell’s voice was first heard when a four-year-old deposition was released containing her response to the whirlwind of allegations surrounding Ms. Epstein: a series of escapes and denials

Alternately stubborn and elusive, Ms Maxwell, 58, dismissed nearly all the allegations of wrongdoing in the 465-page document, denying that she had helped Mr Epstein recruits, treats and ultimately sexually abuses dozens of teenage girls and young women

At one point, she was asked 10 times in a row if she believed that Mr. Epstein had abused minors – and each time dodged the question

“I just testified,” she said, “I have never had non-consensual sex with anyone, at any time, at any place, at any time, with anyone. it is « 

Ms Maxwell, Mister Epstein’s former romantic partner was the subject of a federal investigation into his sex trafficking ring after her suicide in prison last year Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged her with ‘having conspired with M Epstein, a financier, in his abuse of minors As the closest associate, she is said to have plenty of information about him and others who may have been involved

But his testimony left unanswered the question of who it might be: almost every name in it – except his and Mr. Epstein – have been redacted

As the deposition is replete with denials regarding various forms of sexual activity – including one involving a laundry basket of sex toys – Ms Maxwell explains that she has worked several jobs for M Epstein at her properties in New York and Florida She said she was responsible for hiring her pool attendants, gardeners, chefs, butlers, housekeepers and drivers All, she said. added, were « adults adapted to their age »

The repository also gives insight into how M Epstein has supported Ms Maxwell financially over the years She said he loaned her money to buy a townhouse and bought a car for her – although she admitted she didn’t remember of the brand or model She also said that M Epstein donated $ 50,000 to TerraMar, an ocean conservation charity she founded

Ms Maxwell further noted that Mr Epstein liked to have at least one massage a day and that more than one masseuse would be on call to perform them.But she declined to answer questions about whether the word ‘massage’ was a code word for sex, only saying it was « private sex between adults »

Ms Maxwell, the daughter of a publishing mogul and former member of the New York social scene, had fought for months to prevent the deposition from being released, along with a second – who both arose out of a 2015 civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre , one of them and M Epstein’s accusers

Although she argued the documents contained sensitive personal information, a Manhattan federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling on Monday that one of them could be made public After a wave of requests from his lawyers, the deposition was made public on Thursday morning

Ms Giuffre has accused Ms Maxwell in a libel lawsuit for recruiting her as a teenager to become a victim in M Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Program She claims to have met Ms Maxwell, when she was 17, at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla., Where Mr. Epstein also kept a house

Sir Trump’s name does not appear to appear in the deposition, although it is difficult to say if he was mentioned or not due to the heavy redactions

In a statement released Thursday, Ms Giuffre’s attorneys David Boies and Sigrid McCawley praised Ms Maxwell’s release for the deposition, calling it « a small part of the total evidence »

« As the evidence comes out, » the lawyers said, « it will be clear why Ms Maxwell and others who allowed Jeffrey Epstein are fighting so hard to keep him hidden »

When Ms Maxwell was arrested on July 2, prosecutors said that from 1994 to 1997, she contributed to the abuse of several teenage girls by Mr. Epstein – one as young as 14 – and in some cases participated in the abuse She was also accused of lying under oath in her depositions, which were taken in 2016 She pleaded not guilty to the charges

His arrest came almost exactly one year after Mr. Epstein himself was arrested and charged in New York with exploiting and sexually abusing dozens of girls and young women at his Manhattan mansion, his Palm Beach estate and other locations He died in prison for suicide apparent in August 2019 while his criminal case was still pending

Ms. Maxwell’s long association with M Epstein has now led to criminal charges and a lawsuit against her, but at the time of her testimony she admitted she was loyal to him

« Why did you continue to keep in touch with Jeffrey Epstein after he pleaded guilty? » SP McCawley asked him

« I think you have to be a good friend when needed, » Ms Maxwell said: « and I felt it was a very thoughtful and pleasant thing for me to help in a very limited way »

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