A 418-page 2016 deposition in which Ghislaine Maxwell is interrogated about her sex life was made public by a New York court after multiple attempts to supress the document, revealing shocking revelations.
The document exposes Maxwell’s relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and comes just moments before a court-imposed deadline. Maxwell refused to answer questions about her sex life with Jeffrey Epstein but admitted the two had an intimate relationship.
Maxwell also dodged questions about orgies, underage girls and Prince Andrew according to the deposition document. Maxwell’s attorneys fought constantly to supress the document, which stems from a defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell from alleged Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2015, The Guardian reported.
About a dozen Maxwell files have been unsealed, with the first filing involving Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer alleging the British socialite avoided a question “about allegedly ‘adult’ sexual activity related to Jeffrey Epstein”.
Maxwell additionally tried to distance herself and play down links between Epstein and former U.S. president Bill Clinton, who had used the financier’s private plane.
There was also questions asked to Maxwell about speculation that Epstein may have performed shady financial work for the U.S. and possibly the Israeli governments.
“Do you know if Jeffrey Epstein had any relationship with the US government either working for the CIA or the FBI in his lifetime?” Maxwell was asked, prompting an objecting from her lawyer.
“I have no knowledge of that,” she ultimately answered.
“Do you know if Jeffrey Epstein has any friends that are in the CIA or FBI?” she was pressed, eventually saying: “I have no idea.”
“Are you aware of an investigation of Jeffrey Epstein in the early 80s relating to the SEC?” the lawyer asked her, apparently referring to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, a financial oversight agency.
“I have no knowledge of that,” she said.
“Are you aware that Jeffrey Epstein has told people that he worked for the government to recover stolen funds?” Giuffre’s lawyer asked, prompting yet another objecting from Maxwell’s attorney.
“I don’t recall conversations about that.”
“Has he ever told you that he worked for the US government?” Maxwell was then asked, to which she replied, “I don’t recollect that.
“I have no knowledge, I don’t recollect him telling me he worked for the government,” she said.
In the 2015 deposition, Maxwell denied inviting minors to Epstein’s homes, except, she said, the children of friends in a social setting but admitted that she “brought” Giuffre as a 17-year-old to Epstein’s home.
“Virginia Roberts [as her name was then] held herself out as a masseuse and invited herself to come and give a massage,” Maxwell said.
Under further questioning, Maxwell had added: “She was a masseuse and in the form and as my job, I was to have people who he wanted for various things including massage. She came as a masseuse.”
Maxwell claimed Giuffre’s mother drove her to the house and that the mother and Maxwell spoke outside when the teen was in the home.
“I did not take her upstairs,” Maxwell had said.
The deposition also reveals that Maxwell told investigators and lawyers for Giuffre that their client was lying at point stating that she is an “awful fantasist” who created a “tissue of lies.”
“If you want to talk about what the subject matter, which is defamation and lying, Virginia Roberts, that you and Virginia Roberts are participating in perpetrating her lies, I’m happy to address those.
‘I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever.”
Maxwell then lashed out after being asked if calling a sexual abuse victim a liar is harmful.
“I would like to say all the terrible things Virginia Roberts said about me is extremely harmful and you should turn that around. All the lies she has said and you have backed her on have been extremely damaging to me.”
New York prosecutors claim Maxwell perjured herself in her deposition, when she was asked if Epstein had “a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages?”
Maxwell responded: “‘I don’t know what you are talking about.”
Maxwell’s lawyers have previously said releasing the deposition would create prejudice for her right to a fair trial.
In their ruling, the judges said that “we cannot conclude that the district court abused its discretion in ordering the unsealing of the deposition materials.”
The ruling further said: ‘The District Court correctly held that the deposition materials are judicial documents to which the presumption of public access attaches and did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Maxwell’s meritless arguments that her interests superseded the presumption of access. ‘The District Court’s order articulated and applied the correct legal framework in its individualized review of the materials to be unsealed.”
Maxwell is currently in jail awaiting trial next year on charges that she lured girls as young as 14 years old Epstein for him to abuse between 1994 and 1997. Maxwell has denied all allegations and insisted she is innocent of the claims.
Elliot Page’s Wife Say’s Proud Of Star’s Transgender Disclosure
Yesterday, actor Elliot Page announced his transgender identity in a heartfelt Instagram post. Today, his wife, Emma Portner, has offered her public words of support.
Portner is a 26-year-old professional dancer and choreographer who began dating Page in 2017. The couple married a year later, in 2018.
Page makes regular appearances in Emma’s dancing YouTube channel and Instagram videos.
In a statement on Instagram, Portner said, “I am so proud of Elliot Page. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”
Netflix is currently updating Page’s name in all of the credits for the films he’s featured in, and he will continue to play the role of Vanya in The Umbrella Academy.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) December 1, 2020
Portner created the choreography for Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical. In 2015, she choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber’s music video for his song “Life is Worth Living”. She also created the choreography for Bieber’s Purpose World Tour.
In 2019, she was nominated for Arena Dance Competition’s “Best Female Dancer” of the year. Paper Magazine also listed Portner in “PAPER Predictions: 100 people to watch in 2019”. She is one of very few dancers to have been on the covers of the magazines Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine.
As of 2020, her work has been displayed in a variety of environments including Apple, Netflix, Vogue, Sony Studios, and in professional Ballet. She has movement directed Indie music stars such as Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers, and BANKS and performed at prestigious venues like The Guggenheim Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, the Oslo Opera House, and New York City Center.
Page first became known for his role in the film and series Pit Pony (1997–2000), for which he won a Young Artist Award, and for recurring roles in Trailer Park Boys (2002) and ReGenesis (2004).
Page also received recognition for his role in the film Hard Candy (2005) and won an Austin Film Critics Association’s Award.
Page had his cinematic breakthrough with the title role in Jason Reitman’s film Juno (2007), earning nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He also earned praise for roles in The Tracey Fragments (2007), Whip It (2009), Super (2010), Inception (2010), and Tallulah (2016).
Page has also portrayed Kitty Pryde in two X-Men films (2006, 2014), produced the film Freeheld (2015) in which he also starred, and made his directorial debut with the documentary There’s Something in the Water (2019). Since 2019, he has portrayed Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 2, 2020
Woman Faked Deadly Cancer To Scam Friends Into Paying For “Dream Wedding”
A 29-year-old woman named Toni Standen faked a cancer diagnosis to scam her friends into contributing up to $11,000 for her dream wedding.
Standen went to great lengths to convince everyone that she was sick. She even shaved her head and gave newspaper interviews about her cancer diagnosis.
She had claimed that she only had a short time to live, and that the cancer had spread to her brain, bones, and all over her body.
Friends launched a GoFundMe page to give Standen and her partner James “a wedding they deserve.”
The wedding service was held at St Bede’s Catholic Church in Widnes and was followed by a reception for roughly 150 guests, according to The Mirror.
At the wedding, the couple received some video messages offering them support and congratulations.
One came from Standen’s father, who passed away before the wedding, and another came from Everton FC, and was delivered by one of the top players.
Her friends began to suspect that something might be wrong a short time later when Standen claimed to have the coronavirus.
After discovering the truth, her friends called the scam an “ultimate betrayal”.
Last week, Standen pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation. The crimes were alleged to have taken place between February 2019 and April 2020. However, she had been exploiting this scam for several years.
The first documented case of her fraud began in July 2017, when she was interviewed in her local paper saying she had cancer. Then later in March of last year, she gave another interview where she claimed that the cancer was terminal.
Even after the wedding, she continued to spread wild lies about herself. In January of this year, she made a post online saying that she only had two months to live and that her organs were beginning to fail.
Then a month later she claimed to have died.
In February, a post on her Facebook account read, “RIP TONI. Our lovely Toni passed away last night, surrounded by friends and family… strong until the end.”
Standen blamed the post on hackers, but her friends think that she just wanted to see what people would say about her if she died.
Michael Flynn Calls On Trump To Impose Martial Law
Just a week after his presidential pardon, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn promoted a call for the president to “temporarily suspend the Constitution” and impose martial law.
On Tuesday, Flynn shared a press release from a group called the “We the People Convention” that demanded for Trump to implement martial law. The statement even evoked Abraham Lincoln and the civil war.
“Then, as now, a President with courage and determination was needed to preserve the Union. Today, the current threat to our United States by the international and domestic socialist/communist left is much more serious than anything Lincoln or our nation has faced in its history – including the civil war,” the statement reads.
The statement condemns groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter as well as the media. The statement also said that “limited” martial law is a “better option” than civil war.
Freedom never kneels except for God 🙏🇺🇸https://t.co/Vrn3UeyDoF
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) December 1, 2020
The statement reads:
“When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under the 12th Amendment, you must be ready Mr. President to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote….You must also act, like Lincoln did, to silence the destructive media’s one-sided propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end the unlawful censorship of Big Tech, to restore the confidence of the American People in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!”
Last week, Trump announced that he pardoned Michael Flynn.
The president announced the move in a Tweet.
It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020
In December 2017, Flynn formalized a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI, and agreed to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s investigation.
In January 2020, Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming government vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement. The United States Department of Justice announced that it intended to drop all charges against Flynn on May 7, 2020.
Flynn, with his son Michael G. Flynn, ran the Flynn Intel Group Inc, which provided intelligence services for businesses and governments. The company was founded in the fall of 2014, and closed in 2016.
Flynn was paid more than $65,000 by companies connected to Russia in 2015, including $11,250 each from Volga-Dnepr Airlines and the U.S. subsidiary of Kaspersky Lab. Other clients included Palo Alto Networks, Francisco Partners, Brainwave Science and Adobe Systems.
While working as a consultant, Flynn served on the board of several organizations, including GreenZone Systems, Patriot Capital, Brainwave, Drone Aviation and OSY Technologies. Subsidiaries of the Flynn Intel Group included FIG Cyber Inc, headed by Timothy Newberry, and FIG Aviation.
In August 16, 2016, the FBI opened a case on Flynn as part of its Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The investigation was intended to find out if Flynn was knowingly or unknowingly “involved in activity on behalf of the Russian Federation which may constitute a federal crime or threat to the national security” of the United States.
A review of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, done by Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, was completed in December 2019. It concluded that “the quantum of information articulated by the FBI to open” the individual investigation on Flynn “was sufficient to satisfy the low threshold established by the Justice Department and the FBI”. The review “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open” the investigation against Flynn.
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