[BREAKING] Judge Orders Release of More Maxwell Records (Minus the Naughty Parts)
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the unsealing and release of dozens of documents in a now-settled civil suit involving Ghislaine Maxwell, the jailed and accused co-conspirator of the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but also ruled that the more ‘salacious’ portions of testimony about her sex life will remain private.
The hearing, which was briefly interrupted by QAnon conspiracy theorists, involved the potential release of 156 new documents in a settled lawsuit between Maxwell and Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The biggest point of contention was a July 2016 deposition by Maxwell that was was forced on her after she was deemed unresponsive when she sat before Giuffre’s lawyers in an April 2016 deposition. Much of that testimony had been made public in October and had to do with Maxwell’s sexual behavior and that of Epstein.
The first batch of documents released in late July featured an email from 2015 in which Epstein scolded Maxwell, telling her she’d “done nothing wrong and i [sic] would urge you to start acting like it.”
The judge determined that Maxwell’s sex life was adult consensual behavior that should remain her private business despite the public’s obvious unquenchable thirst for any details regarding Epstein and Donald Trump, who may yet face charges after being implicated as one of Epstein’s co-defendants. The judge gave all parties until Jan. 27, absent an appeal by Maxwell’s lawyers over the redacted portions, to unseal and make public a voluminous number of documents.
A federal judge ordered the unsealing of documents related to Ghislaine Maxwell’s civil defamation suit, in a hearing briefly interrupted by proponents of the QAnon conspiracy theory https://t.co/7oSNCBdlb8
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 19, 2021
Also being made public are Palm Beach County police documents and all references in documents to Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity lawyer who represented Epstein and with whom Giuffre alleges she was forced by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex. Dershowitz strongly denies the allegation and also has dueling defamation suits with Giuffre.