For months, Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has been fighting to keep her deposition from a previous now-settled civil lawsuit sealed, but an appeals court has finally ruled against Maxwell, and will allow the deposition to be unsealed.
The deposition is 418 pages, and dates back to a civil case that concluded in 2016. The decision was made by a three-judge Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
“We have reviewed all of the arguments raised by Defendant-Appellant Maxwell on appeal and find them to be without merit. We DENY the motion to consolidate this appeal with the pending appeal in United States v. Maxwell,” the ruling stated.
The decision supported a ruling made earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska to release hundreds of documents from a 2015 civil suit involving Maxwell and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein’s most outspoken accusers.
Giuffre’s attorney David Boies said that the ruling was an important step.
”It is an important step towards vindicating the public interest in understanding the scope and scale of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring and the efforts made to conceal it,” Boies said in an emailed statement to the Miami Herald.
Everyone is waiting to get their hands on these documents, but unfortunately, there is no clear timetable for when U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska will release the transcripts, but now we know that they are legally compelled to release them at some point. They are expected to come out at some point during Maxwell’s criminal trial.
If you are having any trouble wrapping your mind around what is happening with this case and these documents, here is a quick explanation. Lawyers for Maxwell have been attempting to silence Epstein’s victims through the courts, by requesting that a judge block the victims from posting about evidence from the criminal case online. The terms proposed by Maxwell’s legal team also attempted to dictate which evidence could be seen in court.
The lawyers argued that the victims could use evidence that was revealed in the criminal trial to gain an advantage in their separate civil lawsuits. Maxwell’s lawyers have said that they are restricted from publicizing information obtained during the trial, and they believe that the victims should be held to the same standards. Luckily, a judge struck down the proposal, and ordered the documents to be unsealed earlier this year, but the defense had an opportunity to appeal, which they did, but their appeal failed this week.
Now, these documents will be entered into evidence for those involved in the current trial. This does not mean that the press will have any access to the files, though it is assumed that we will get the details after they come out in court.
Numerous other victims have identified Maxwell as playing a key role in Epstein’s trafficking ring, and many of them have said that she also participated in the assaults, in addition to recruiting young girls for Epstein and his powerful friends. Last month, it was revealed that Maxwell was reported to the FBI after she was suspected of “trawling gyms for half-naked girls.”