Through hundreds of pages of testimony, Maxwell postponed questioning of an opposing lawyer or simply did not answer questions
Under fierce questioning from an accuser’s lawyers, Ghislaine Maxwell repeatedly denied in a 2016 deposition that she recruited girls for sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to a transcript of the proceedings made public Thursday
Maxwell has dismissed claims that she recruited a woman to carry Epstein’s child, that she took girls to Epstein’s to give him massages, or that she threatened other people if they Public Epstein’s Secrets Did
Through hundreds of pages of testimony, Maxwell objected to questioning an opposing lawyer or simply did not answer questions
– Have you ever observed M Epstein getting a massage from a person, a woman, who was under 18? Maxwell was requested in the deposition
The deposition includes several pages of questions about men Jeffrey Epstein knew and whether they were presented to underage girls Names have been redacted
Maxwell was asked about an address book downloaded from Epstein’s computer, which appears to refer to one released by Gawker in 2015 She said she had an address book – like everything the world – but didn’t know where it was coming from and denied threatening an Epstein employee, whose name is redacted, if they revealed anything about what happened at Epstein’s home
The British socialite is being held in closed lockdown in Brooklyn, New York, awaiting trial next year for trafficking girls as young as 14 to abuse her ex-boyfriend The US also says that ‘she participated in some of the alleged assaults and that she lied during parts of her sworn testimony during depositions She denied any wrongdoing
The testimony released on Thursday came from another defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by one of his accusers, Virginia Giuffre Despite strong objections from Maxwell, a federal judge in Manhattan this year ordered that the documents in the case be made public, and an appeals court agreed on Monday
The 2016 transcripts are Maxwell’s only significant public record of what she said she did for Epstein, her former boyfriend and employer
Maxwell was also asked in the deposition if she considered herself Epstein’s girlfriend from 1999 to 2002, which included the period when Giuffre said she was abused – I don’t know if I would have ever characterized myself as his girlfriend, – Maxwell said
Later in the proceedings, Maxwell was asked if she was Epstein’s girlfriend after meeting him in 1991 and called it a tricky questionat ????
– There were times when I would have liked to think of myself as his girlfriend, – ???? she said
Giuffre claimed in the lawsuit that Maxwell and Epstein made her a sex slave to the fund manager when she was 16 Giuffre sued Maxwell in 2015 for calling his account – obvious lies ???? The case was then settled for an undisclosed amount
– For the record, I never, at any time, place, time, ever asked Virginia Roberts or what she is called now to have sex with anyone , – Maxwell testified in the deposition, citing Guiffre’s maiden name
The deposition took place on April 22, 2016 and it is likely that prosecutors will seek to present the testimony to jurors in Maxwell’s criminal trial In the criminal case, prosecutors say Maxwell lied nine times in the deposition when she denied knowledge of Epstein’s activities, including his recruiting of girls and his interactions with them at his properties
– Sometimes people in the privacy of a house and a swimming pool, I saw people from time to time take off their roofs, – ???? Maxwell testified â ???? I have seen people do this from time to time Very unusual Naked people around people at any frequent period of time I have never seen…
On several occasions, however, Maxwell has called Giuffre’s claims « lies » and â ???? storiesâ ???? and denied several of his accuser’s allegations
Maxwell frequently challenged his interlocutor, including asking at one point, « Would you like to ask the question correctly? » and respond to a single request, a ???? This prompted the lawyer who questioned her to remind her that she was not in charge of the proceedings.
At one point, she said to the interlocutor, « You don’t ask me questions like that. First of all, you’re trying to trick me, I won’t be tricked?
At another point she said, « Maybe you don’t really know what the massager is ???? The commenter replied, « I am, I don’t need a massage lecture.
Maxwell, when asked if she was looking for a woman to carry Epstein’s baby in her place, replied that it sucksat ????
– I never asked anyone to carry a baby for me, – she said, adding that she didn’t remember any baby conversations with Jeffreyâ € ”
She admitted that Epstein bought her a car and loaned her money to buy a townhouse, but said she couldn’t remember details of other gifts She said he wasn’t paying his legal fees The two met in 1991, she says
Maxwell was asked about a January 12, 2015, email from Epstein in which he suggested that he offer « rewards » to Giuffre’s friends and family to contradict her story – Absolutely not, – Maxwell responded when asked if she had ever offered such a reward She said she had no idea if Epstein offered a reward
I wasn’t coordinating with Jeffrey, â ???? she said when asked if she was working with Epstein to slander Giuffre When asked if she was a citizen of « any other country » besides the US and youK, Maxwell replied â ???? TerraMar, â ???? which, according to a lawyer, was a charity project dealing with the oceans
After the deposition, Giuffre’s lawyers wrote to the court to tell him that Maxwell had been so evasive that they needed to question him again Noting that Maxwell claimed that all sexual interactions were with adults, they asked to be ordered to answer their questions again.
Portions of Maxwell’s depositions and other documents related to Epstein were made public in August 2019 A day later, Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges involving girls and women Authorities later said he hanged himself
Lawyers had also argued that making the testimony public could jeopardize Maxwell’s ability to get a fair trial, as jurors could withhold the contents against her A trial is scheduled for July 2021
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said she was in hiding on a property she bought in December in an all-cash transaction with her identity protected She is locked in a Brooklyn jail after the judge in her criminal case called her an unacceptable flight risk
Maxwell told lawyers his work at Epstein included hiring assistants, architects, decorators, cooks, cleaners, gardeners, pool members and pilots as part of the maintenance of six houses, according to the transcript, which occupies 418 pages
a ???? a very small part of my job every now and then was finding professional adult masseurs for Jeffrey, â ?? transcription says
Asked by lawyers whether she hired them, Maxwell replied, « When I meant hire, I didn’t mean hire like you do. » What I’m saying is I went to spas and met people and if they were doing house calls Jeffrey would hire them then in fact I am not responsible for hiring any someone And they weren’t full time, so that’s not a correct characterizationâ ????
Maxwell’s deposition and other documents were allowed to be released after the 2nd US Manhattan Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed it on Monday « without merit » arguments that his interests outweighed the presumption that the public should see the documents
Giuffre, who has been one of Epstein’s most visible accusers, and the Miami Herald newspaper, which investigated Epstein’s conduct and successful submission in 2007 to avoid sex trafficking charges at the level federal, had sought loosening
Epstein committed suicide at age 66 in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges announced the previous month
He had previously escaped federal prosecution by pleading guilty in 2008 to prostitution charges in the state of Florida, a deal now widely seen as too lenient
Giuffre said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with her friends, including the British Prince when she was 17
In an interview aired in December 2019, Giuffre told BBC Panorama that she was brought to London in 2001 by Epstein and taken to meet the prince, one of three occasions she claimed to have had sex with Andrew
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