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Ghislaine Maxwell’s 2016 Deposition Unsealed

Ghislaine Maxwell’s 2016 Deposition Unsealed

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and business partner of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is currently in jail in Brooklyn, New York awaiting trial for her role in his sex trafficking empire and other illegal transgressions committed while in his employ. Maxwell, who is a British citizen, is facing charges she trafficked girls as young as 14 for her former boyfriend to abuse. The U.S. also says she participated in some of Epstein’s alleged assaults and lied during portions of her sworn testimony in depositions. She has denied wrongdoing.

Now a judge has unsealed a 2016 deposition Maxwell sat for, in which she denies procuring young girls for sex and tries to duck the line of questioning. The hundreds of pages of testimony show Maxwell, who was also friends with Donald and Melania Trump, acting contentiously, pushing back against questioning by an opposing lawyer, or simply refusing to answer questions. Maxwell rejected claims that she recruited a woman to carry Epstein’s child, that she brought girls to Epstein’s home to give him massages or that she’d threatened others if they made Epstein’s secrets public.

From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)

The transcripts from 2016 are the only substantive public record from Maxwell about what she said she did for Epstein. Trump himself isn’t bothered by Maxwell’s incarceration, nor what she knows about his connection to Epstein, brushing off her charges as “no big deal” and famously wished her well at a press conference soon after she was taken into custody.

Maxwell comes across as defiant and openly hostile throughout the deposition, frequently challenging her questioner, including asking at one point, “Would you like to ask the question properly?” and responding to one query, “Moving on.” That prompted the lawyer questioning her to remind her that she wasn’t in charge of the proceeding. Maxwell then told the questioner: “You don’t ask me questions like that. First of all, you are trying to trap me, I will not be trapped.”

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Portions of Maxwell’s depositions and other materials tied to Epstein were made public in August 2019. A day later, Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell where he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges involving girls and women. Authorities later said he hanged himself.

Read Ghislaine Maxwell’s full deposition here.

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