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Newly-released documents from a civil case against Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell showed the pair had kept in touch in recent years, despite her recently claiming she hadn’t spoken to him in a decade.
Emails that were part of a trove of over 600 pages of documents released this week show a 2015 exchange between the pair where Epstein tells Maxwell, "You have done nothing wrong."
One message — sent from Epstein’s email address but written in Maxwell’s voice — appeared to be a set of talking points for Maxwell to use while defending herself. It said she had been the target of “false allegations of impropriety and offensive behavior that [she abhors] and have never ever been party to.”
Responding to a Maxwell email a few days later, Epstein wrote: “You have done nothing wrong and I (would) urge you to start acting like it.” He suggested she go outside and hold her head high, “not as an (escaping) convict.”
The newly unsealed court documents provided a fresh glimpse into a fierce civil court fight between Maxwell, who was Epstein’s former girlfriend, and one of the women who have accused the couple of sexual abuse.
The documents released late Thursday were from a now-settled defamation lawsuit filed by one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Giuffre claimed in the suit and other litigation that Maxwell recruited her in 2000 to be a sexual servant to Epstein. She said the couple subsequently pressured her into having sex with numerous rich or notable men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, U.S. politicians, wealthy entrepreneurs, a famous scientist, and a fashion designer.
Maxwell, and all of the accused men, have denied those allegations for years.
Epstein died by suicide last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell was recently arrested on federal charges that she recruited at least three girls, including one as young as 14, for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s. Prosecutors said she also joined in on the abuse.
Maxwell is jailed while awaiting trial in New York.
Many of the documents unsealed by the court Thursday had been available publicly before.
They included a deposition in which Giuffre described the alleged abuse, and also answered questions about errors she’d made previously in telling her story, including originally telling a court she was 15 when she met Epstein, when records showed she was at least a year older.
Giuffre over the years has told her story to the FBI, but no charges were brought based on her allegations. She is not one of the three alleged victims in the current criminal case against Maxwell.
Maxwell's lawyers had sought to block the release of the documents and sought to identify the witnesses in the case against the British socialite, NBC New York reported.
Two documents that were not released as scheduled Thursday were depositions Maxwell gave in the civil lawsuit in 2016.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska had ordered them released, but Maxwell’s lawyers appealed her ruling to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Her lawyers said they should be blocked because she now faces criminal charges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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