Ghislaine Maxwell fears sordid allegations against her are so graphic she’ll never get a fair trial

GHISLAINE Maxwell now claims the intimate details contained in a past deposition would "spread like wildfire" if released.

The subsequent substantial negative publicity would destroy the socialite's chance of a fair trial on criminal charges she aided Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls, her lawyers said.

⚠️Click here for the latest news on Ghislaine Maxwell

The lawyers made the argument in a Thursday night filing asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to reverse a lower court judge's order to unseal the deposition and other documents.

Maxwell's deposition had been taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against the British socialite by Virginia Giuffre, who said Epstein kept her as a "sex slave" with Maxwell's assistance.

Lawyers for Maxwell said the unsealing order did not take into proper account their client's privacy interests or the promise of confidentiality she received before being deposed.

Intimate, sensitive, and personal information … might spread like wildfire across the Internet.

"If the unsealing order goes into effect, it will forever let the cat out of the bag," the lawyers said, warning that "intimate, sensitive, and personal information" about Maxwell might "spread like wildfire across the Internet."

The lawyers also said an unsealing would cause irreversible and unconstitutional negative publicity, and undermine the "truth-seeking function" of Maxwell's trial by leading witnesses to "recast their memories of events from decades ago."

Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls, who prosecutors did not publicly name, from 1994 to 1997, and to committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.

She was arrested on July 2 in New Hampshire, where prosecutors said she was trying to evade capture, and is being held in a Brooklyn jail after a judge called her a flight risk.

Maxwell's trial is scheduled for next July.

Giuffre has been one of Epstein and Maxwell's most visible accusers, and her lawyers say the public has a right to see Maxwell's deposition.

Lawyers for Maxwell disagreed, saying her constitutional rights to remain silent and get a fair trial by an impartial jury outweigh any presumption of public access.

Maxwell would not be required to testify at her trial.

A judge ruled last month that a series of documents from a defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Roberts in 2015 should be unsealed.

Maxwell had long fought the release of five documents, totally 94 pages, on the grounds that they contained "extremely personal” information.

Many of the pages had previously been released, but Maxwell's lawyers said those that remained sealed contained answers to "intrusive questioning" about her sex life.

Judge Loretta Preska ruled that Maxwell’s concerns were “far outweighed” by the need for public access.

Maxwell is separately seeking to have prosecutors identify the three accusers in her indictment and challenging her confinement conditions at the Brooklyn jail, saying she is being treated worse than other pretrial inmates.

Epstein and Maxwell are alleged to have both been at the centre of a web of child sex-trafficking – with victims claiming they offered up young girls to their powerful pals.

The couple are believed to have met when Maxwell moved to New York in the early nineties following the death of her dad, newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell.

A romantic relationship allegedly eventually became a business one.

Both are claimed to have participated in the sexual abuse of children at Epstein's lavish properties – including his private island Little Saint James, his townhouse in New York, and his mansion in Palm Beach.

Powerful men have been linked to the couple, with them both known to be pals with Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton.

Clinton and the Duke of York both deny any wrongdoing over their relationship with the couple, and claim they had no idea about Epstein's network of abuse.

Epstein killed himself in his cell at a New York prison in August last year while awaiting trial on charges – depriving many victims of justice.

Maxwell has been accused of taking part in the grooming and abuse of dozens of underage girls by Epstein.

It is alleged she acted as his madam, pimp or fixer who would recruit victims claiming they were being chosen to be models or be trained as masseurs.

The current charges against her relate to allegations by three alleged victims in particular.

Meanwhile, Maxwell has claimed she is under constant watch by psychologists disguised as prison guards while moaning about unfair treatment.

In a letter to US District Court Judge Alison Nathan filed late Monday, Maxwell's lawyers say they recently learned that "some of these prison guards were, in fact, BOP psychologists who were observing Ms Maxwell and evaluating her for hours each day without her knowledge.

"We are aware of no other pretrial detainee receiving such treatment."

Her team of attorneys have asked the judge to transfer her to the general jail population as she prepares for her trial next July.

Source: Read Full Article