British socialist Ghislin Maxwell declared under oath in 2016 that he had never fought for “inappropriate activities of minors” by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to a statement released on Thursday that he fought to keep the secret.
Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty in the mid-1990s to recruiting Epstein and treating girls as young as the groom to engage in illegal sex acts, and denied any involvement in any such scheme. Is not guilty when he made his statement. under oath.
In an April 2016 civil libel lawsuit against Maxwell against Maxwell by Virginia Giffrey – who said Epstein helped Maxwell as a “sex slave” – she did not respond directly if she believes Epstein believed he had abused minors.
She said instead she only knew of the allegations, that it came from Guffrey, which she called “false”.
Maxwell, the daughter of the late UK publisher Robert Maxwell, was asked about her relationship with Epstein, who the transcript says hired her to help manage his properties, and the allegations were made by Giffrey.
“I have never seen any inappropriate activity with Jeffrey,” she said.
“I can’t vouch for what Jeffrey did or didn’t do,” Maxwell said. She later said: “I can only know what I know and the fact that she (Giffrey) lied about me from start to finish and repeatedly made me question everything that she did. can feel it. “
Sigrid McCauley, attorney for Giafre, said in a statement that the release of the statement was “a long-standing statement and a welcome step towards revealing evidence of the scope and scale of Jeffrey Epstein and the trafficking network. Mexican sexual Gheeson ”. “
Gifrey and the Miami Herald newspaper have called for the unveiling.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Presca in Manhattan has ordered that a transcript of Maxwell’s testimony and other documents be released.
Epstein once counted US President Donald Trump, former US President Bill Clinton and British Prince Andrew as friends. He has not been charged with any criminal acts.
Giffrey said she was trafficked to Epstein and forced to have sex with her friends, including Andrew, when she was 17. Andrew has denied the allegations.
Maxwell testified that he flew on Epstein’s planes with Clinton, but did not want to portray the two as friends or acquaintances and said he was never on one of the islands private of Epstein.
Maxwell said in a 9-and-a-half-hour statement: “One of them (lie) said President Clinton was on the island where I was present. 1000% of what is a total construction and lies is an apartment. . “
Maxwell’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.
While Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, he has been repeatedly asked if any indecent activity is taking place in Epstein’s classroom. His lawyers said the questions that were asked could suggest to the public that Giffrey’s lawyers believe they can ask them, even though the behavior never happened.
Awaiting trial in prison
Maxwell’s attorneys had argued that making the statement public could end their ability to hold an impartial hearing, as jurors could withhold documents against them. A trial is scheduled for July 2021.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said he was hiding on property he bought in December in an all-cash transaction with his ID. He is being held in a Brooklyn jail after being labeled an unacceptable flight risk by a judge in his criminal case.
Maxwell told lawyers he was appointed by Epstein and hired assistants, architects, decorators, cooks, sweepers, gardeners, pool folks and pilots as part of the maintenance of the six houses, according to the transcript Which takes 418 pages.
“… A very small part of my job was to occasionally find professional adult massage therapists for Jeffrey,” the transcript reads.
Maxwell emerged as a defender of Giafre, pressuring him to hire Giffre to give Epstein an erotic massage.
“Virginia Roberts” [Giuffre] He introduced himself as an excuse and invited himself to come in for a massage, “Maxwell said.
After the Manhattan Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday approved the publication and other documents, dismissing Maxwell’s “baseless” arguments that his interests led to speculation that the public should examine the documents.
Several names in the transcript of the transcript were blacked out.
Epstein committed suicide aged 66 in a Manhattan prison in August 2019, while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges last month.
He had previously survived federal prosecution after pleading guilty to prostitution charges in the state of Florida in 2008, a deal now widely seen as lenient.
When asked why he kept in touch with Epstein after his guilty plea, Maxwell replied that he was “a very loyal person and Jeffrey was very nice to me when my father passed away and I believe. that you should be a good friend when people need it and that was a good thing for me, very thoughtful… ”
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