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Dozens Of Documents In Sex Trafficking Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell Released
“Finally we are getting some transparency,” Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an outspoken accuser of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, said of the federal judge's decision to release the documents.
A New York federal court has unsealed more than 50 documents in the sex trafficking case against Ghislaine Maxwell—the former girlfriend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—despite her attempt to keep the documents private.
A total of 52 documents were unsealed Thursday following a ruling last month by Judge Lorretta Preska to release the material, much of which relates to a prior defamation lawsuit filed by one of the pair’s most outspoken accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, according to Fox News.
Giuffre celebrated the move in a post on social media earlier this month.
“Finally we are getting some transparency,” she wrote. “There is hope. We must maintain vigilant in order for the truth to see the light of day.”
Maxwell is facing charges in federal court of enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit both acts and perjury, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Prosecutors have alleged that the 59-year-old helped Epstein recruit, groom and transport underage girls for the now-deceased financier’s sexual pleasure.
The collection of newly unsealed material includes 52 separate documents, obtained by Fox News, that provide new insights into the operations at Epstein’s former homes, including a hand-written call long with messages from Maxwell and others.
“Would be helpful to have [redacted] come to Palm Beach today to stay here and help train new staff with Ghislaine,” one message from Maxwell to Epstein said.
The messages also reference massages, including one undated note that says “She doesn’t want to come to the movies, but call her if you want a massage before or after the movie.”
Prosecutors have alleged that Epstein often used massages as a ruse to sexually abuse the young teens.
Other messages from 2005 reference a female going to meet Ghislaine at the ranch or wanting to talk to Epstein about college.
The documents also include portions of the transcripts from Maxwell’s 2016 deposition in the civil case. During one portion of the deposition, Giuffre’s former attorney David Boies questioned Maxwell about whether or not she was aware of the age of the women giving Epstein his frequent massages.
“The ones I did recognize were roughly my age,” she said, according to Fox News. “The ones I don’t know, I wouldn’t have a clue.”
The documents also include deposition testimony from Rinaldo Rizzo, a former private chef for hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin.
According to Rizzo, Maxwell and Epstein once arrived at Dubin’s home with a disoriented 15-year-old girl, who claimed she had just been on an island and didn’t know how she had gotten to the home.
“’They asked me for sex, I said no,’” the teen said, according to Rizzo.
When Rizzo questioned whether or not the teen had a passport, she said it had been taken from her, he said.
Dubin and his wife have previously denied being aware of Epstein’s alleged illicit activities.
The documents also reveal Maxwell’s attorneys attempts to limit the amount of financial information she had to release about herself.
Her alleged role in the sex trafficking scheme is explored in-depth in the Peacock docuseries “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell”, which highlights her “complicated and mysterious life” and the relationship she shared with Epstein before his 2019 death in a Manhattan federal jail. The series will also air on Oxygen on Tuesday, August 10 at 8/7c.
Maxwell is currently incarcerated at the same federal jail awaiting a November trial on the charges lodged against her.