Previously Unseen Jeffrey Epstein Documents Could Expose Powerful Men Linked To Sex Trafficking Crimes
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A judge has ordered for a selection of previously unseen documents relating to Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein to be unsealed within a week.
Judge Loretta Preska has asked for the 80 documents - which could expose details about Epstein's friendship with a number of high profile, powerful men - to be made public in a matter of days.
It is thought the documents could contain fresh evidence against the socialite, although Maxwell's lawyer, Laura Menninger as asked for a two week delay so they can file an appeal.
Judge Preska explained: "The court finds that any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from the disclosure of Miss Maxwell's mostly non-testimony about behavior that has been widely reported in the press is far outweighed by the presumption of public access."
The documents - which span hundreds of pages - are thought to include depositions from Maxwell, 58, given as part of the now-settled defamation case made against her by Virginia Giuffre in 2015.
She sued Maxwell after the socialite publicly stated she had fabricated the sexual abuse allegations against her and former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein. It's believed the papers will also include emails and communications between Maxwell and Epstein from 2015, sent following Virginia Giuffre's accusations.
They are also thought to detail information about Maxwell's sex life which lawyers have described as "extremely personal [and] confidential".
The documents are separate to Maxwell's criminal case although it is reported that they could partly be linked to her perjury charge.
Maxwell was arrested earlier this month in connection with Jeffrey Epstein. Revealing details about her arrest at the New Hampshire estate on 2nd July, prosecutors say Maxwell refused to open the door when they asked her to.
"Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her," they said.
According to prosecutors, agents went on to search the property and found a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil. They described this as "a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone or intercept her communications, but by law enforcement".
Maxwell has been charged with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Last week, Judge Alison Nathan rejected Maxwell's request for bail, explaining that the 58-year-old socialite's financial circumstances - along with her three passports - made her a "substantial flight risk".
"No combination of conditions could reasonably assure her presence at court, the risk is simply too great. The defendant is hereby ordered to be detained pending trial," she ruled.
It is reported that the British socialite cried and hung her head at the decision, which will see her spend a year at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, as the trial is not due to begin until July 2021.
Maxwell meanwhile "vigorously denies charges" and "intends to fight them".