HomeWorld NewsGhislaine Maxwell wins fight to block 'highly intrusive' court docs just hours before they were due to be released
Ghislaine Maxwell wins fight to block 'highly intrusive' court docs just hours before they were due to be released
GHISLAINE Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged "pimp", has won her battle to block "highly intrusive" court documents just hours before they were to be released.
Her victory means highly personal details of her sex life will remain sealed until September, says a report.
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Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein, on Thursday, July 30, urged a US appeals court to block the release of a deposition about her sex life.
She said it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial against criminal charges that she aided the late financier’s sexual abuse of girls.
The Sunday Express reports that as a result of her plea, Maxwell has successfully had the information blocked from public release.
The paper says details of her sex life will now remain until September this year.
Maxwell filed an emergency request with the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.
This happened just one day after a federal judge rejected her claim that her need for confidentiality outweighed the public’s right to see the April 2016 deposition, which was taken in a civil defamation lawsuit – which has since been settled.
Her lawyers wrote: “Absent a stay from this court, it will forever let the cat out of the bag."
Her legal team also noted another judge’s recent refusal to block publication of former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s memoir because copies had already been circulated.
Late Thursday, US District Judge Loretta Preska, who oversees the civil case, ordered the separate release of dozens of other documents that the British socialite had wanted sealed.
Preska rejected Maxwell's legal bid for an emergency phone conference.
The 2016 deposition was scheduled for release on August 3, unless the appeals court ordered a delay or further arguments.
Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.
The deposition came from a now-settled lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
She had accused Epstein of having kept her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s help.
Giuffre wants the disclosure of more information from her case.
But Maxwell’s lawyers have accused Giuffre of leaking the deposition, and “in conjunction with the government” setting a “perjury trap” for their client.
They said Maxwell had been promised confidentiality before being forced to answer many “personal, sensitive, and allegedly incriminatory questions".
Her lawyers also suggested she had been sandbagged when prosecutors quoted from the deposition in her indictment.
The lawyers said this included when Maxwell responded “I don’t know what you’re talking about” when asked if Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 at a New Hampshire home where prosecutors said she was hiding out.
She was denied bail and is being held in a Brooklyn jail after the judge overseeing her criminal case called her a flight risk.