Ghislaine Maxwell attempts to seal 2016 testimony

Ghislaine Maxwell attempts to seal 2016 testimony

The lawyer said the public release of the April and July 2016 depositions should be blocked because they form the basis of criminal perjury charges in the indictment brought against Maxwell.

While court sessions may be somewhat slow in coming thanks to the pandemic - the expected date for her trial to begin is sometime in July of next year - that doesn't mean there's no news to report. She sued Maxwell for calling her account "obvious lies".

Preska ordered the documents unsealed in a court hearing last week, but gave Maxwell's legal team a week to file an appeal with the Second Circuit Court. Her lawyers said this included "nude, partially nude or otherwise sexualised images, videos or other depictions of individuals".

Despite what seems like a fairly reasonable request from Ghislaine Maxwell's defense lawyers, it's being reported that prosecutors are in disagreement about the request.

"The victims of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein have suffered enough", prosecutors said, urging privacy for accusers except for anyone who acknowledges publicly they are part of the criminal case against Ms. Maxwell.

Is it related to new evidence?

So why ask for the gag order now?

However, in that ruling Preska did say that some information will remain sealed.

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Transcripts of the depositions were designated "confidential" and subject to a "Protective Order".

- The release of a sealed deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confident, was delayed until Monday, court records show.

"Counsel shall file those documents on the public docket, under a heading of 'Documents Ordered Unsealed by Order of July 23, 2020, ' no later than July 30, 2020".

A United States judge on Wednesday denied Ghislaine Maxwell's last-ditch effort to keep a potentially damaging deposition from becoming public, as the jailed British socialite defends herself against criminal charges that she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls.

The perjury charges pertain to Maxwell's answers to questions posed by lawyers in the civil case, including whether Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages.

"Beyond the offensive notion that victims of sexual abuse experience a "benefit" by making the incredibly hard decision to share their experience publicly, the suggestion that victims who receive this supposed "benefit" should receive fewer protections than the law ordinarily offers to victims in criminal cases is alarming", prosecutors wrote.

Maxwell, 58, who has been incarcerated without bail since her arrest several weeks ago, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she recruited and aided the abuse of three girls by Epstein in the 1990s.

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