Ghislaine Maxwell Loses Fight To Keep ‘Intimate’ Deposition Secret


Ghislaine Maxwell lost her appeal to keep court documents connected to Jeffrey Epstein secret Monday, after a federal court decided that the public’s right to access the documents outweighs Maxwell’s personal interests, dealing a blow to her ongoing criminal case but delivering a win to federal prosecutors seeking to prove she lied under oath in a 2016 deposition.

Ghislaine Maxwell wearing black holding microphone.

Ghislaine Maxwell has long fought against releasing a 2016 deposition because it reportedly contains … [+] very “intimate” details of her sex life, among other revelations.

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Key Facts

In their decision, the Second Circuit wrote that the Southern District of New York “did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Maxwell’s meritless arguments that her interests superseded the presumption of access” when the documents were originally ordered to be unsealed in July.

Maxwell was trying to keep a 2016 deposition secret, because the document reportedly contains “intimate” information about her sex life, among other personal matters.

Federal prosecutors in her criminal case believe Maxwell perjured herself in that deposition, and Monday’s ruling means the document will be made public.

The deposition is from a settled defamation case between Maxwell and alleged Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.

Lawyers for both sides—including legendary attorney David Boies representing Giuffre—argued before the Second Circuit on October 13 as to whether the deposition should remain sealed.

Adam Mueller, representing Maxwell, said that the deposition was under a protective order from the settled lawsuit and that if it was revealed, it would harm her right to a fair jury trial, while Boies said the public deserved to have the full document.

What We Don’t Know

When precisely the deposition will be made public.

Key Background

Maxwell is being held without bail in a Brooklyn federal lockup on charges of enticing and transporting minors as part of Epstein’s alleged sex ring, along with committing perjury during her 2016 depositions that are part of the Giuffre defamation case. A trove of documents from the Giuffre case were made public in July, and revealed that Maxwell had been in contact with Epstein much more recently than she had previously claimed, among other names and revelations. Maxwell has long been accused of acting as a recruiter and groomer for Epstein. She entered a not guilty plea to the federal charges against her, and has denied all previous allegations.

Further Reading

Ghislaine Maxwell Battles To Keep Old, ‘Intimate’ Deposition Confidential In Court (Forbes)

Ghislaine Maxwell Court Records Will Be Made Public, Judge Rules (Forbes)

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