Ghislaine Maxwell loses late bid to block deposition's release, quickly appeals

Ghislaine Maxwell: lawyers ask judge to stop accusers from posting evidence online

Prosecutors from the Southern District of NY, in turn, said that "discussions are ongoing" over what materials should be made public in the run-up to the trial.

Though Maxwell argued that release of these records would cause her undue embarrassment and annoyance, Preska ordered the documents partially unsealed, with names of non-parties other than John Does 1 and 2 remaining sealed, pending notification.

A U.S. judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's request to reconsider her order to unseal the British socialite's 2016 testimony in a defamation lawsuit, calling it "extraordinary" and saying it came at the "eleventh-hour".

Last year, a federal appeals court in NY granted the Herald's motion in part, releasing about 2,000 pages of previously-sealed documents, including limited excerpts from sworn testimony of Maxwell and Giuffre, who each sat for multiple depositions prior to the settlement. Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz has staunchly denied allegations that that he engaged in any sexual activity with any of the girls or women associated with Epstein.

In a previously undisclosed detail, Giuffre said in 2015 and 2016 that she was participating in an ongoing criminal investigation in which Maxwell, 58, was a "person of interest", Gee wrote.

"Had the language not been made an order of the Court, Ms. Maxwell would have proceeded in a different fashion", Gee wrote. Maxwell also allegedly lied when she said she wasn't aware Epstein possessed sex toys or was having sex with anyone but her. Her lawyers argued that Giuffre's team had used this routine court filing to gratuitously attach as exhibits the entire transcript of a witness deposition and the full text of Maxwell's 418-page testimony of April 2016.

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

They accused Ms Giuffre of leaking the deposition, and "in conjunction with the government" setting a "perjury trap" for their client, whose six criminal counts include two for perjury.

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.

"There is a substantial concern that these individuals will seek to use discovery materials to support their civil cases and future public statements", the lawyers wrote.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2 under a six-count federal indictment from the Southern District of NY.

If convicted, she could face up to 35 years in prison.

Media outlets set up cameras outside the main entrance of the Metropolitan Detention Centre, Brooklyn, where British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is held.

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