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Court delays release of 2016 deposition in sex trafficking case of ex-Epstein girlfriend Maxwell

Maxwell's deposition will remain sealed until September 22 when an appeals court will decide whether to reconsider

Updated: August 3, 2020 - 3:08pm

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A New York federal court on Monday delayed the release of 2016 deposition from former Jeffrey Epstein girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in her upcoming trial on charges related to sex trafficking.  

The appeals court has delayed the release of the deposition until at least Sept. 22, when Maxwell's appeal will be heard on an expedited basis.

Maxwell was arrested July 2 in New Hampshire. She has been charged with child abuse of minors and two counts of perjury. 

The deposition was taken in connection with a 2015 defamation case against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges that as a teenager she gave erotic massages and performed sex acts for Epstein and some high-powered friends.  

The case was settled in 2017 and sealed. The court's decision to unseal this case because it is in the public's interest has been going on for years. 

In early 2019, the court decided to unseal the case. The first trove of documents were released on August 9, 2019, the day before Jeffrey Epstein died in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on charges of having sex with underage women. 

Last week, the court released a second trove of documents.

Maxwell's attorney have argued that making public their client's deposition would prevent her from getting a fair trial. 

Maxwell awaits trial in the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn, New York.  The Southern District of New York prosecutors successfully argued that Maxwell is a flight risk, and the court denied her bail. 

Maxwell's trial is scheduled for July 2021.   

Some of the documents released last week from the defamation suit, as earlier reported by Just the News, accused Maxwell of participating in orgies with children as young as 15  on Epstein's properties. 


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