Hundreds of pages of court documents involving British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein’s who has been accused of enabling the late financier’s sexual abuse of underage girls, were unsealed on Thursday night following a months-long court battle over the documents.
Maxwell’s lawyers filed multiple challenges — most recently on Thursday — in a bid to block the release of the documents, which they described as “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media.”
But U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, who’d ordered the unsealing of the documents earlier this month, roundly rejected these requests. On Thursday afternoon, Preska admonished Maxwell for the “eleventh-hour request for reconsideration.”
“The Court is troubled ― but not surprised ― that Ms. Maxwell has yet again sought to muddy the waters,” Preska wrote.
The documents come from a now-settled lawsuit filed in 2015 against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Giuffre has accused Maxwell of acting as Epstein’s madame and helping him traffick her to influential men around the world, including allegedly Britain’s Prince Andrew, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and attorney Alan Dershowitz. Giuffre claims Maxwell recruited her when she was just 15.
As Thursday’s document release shows, Giuffre has also accused Maxwell herself of engaging in sexual relations with underage girls.
Virginia Roberts says she witnessed Ghislaine Maxwell engaging in sexual relations with girls as young as 15 pic.twitter.com/OFg7OpYu1n— Chris Spargo (@chrisonchris) July 31, 2020
Last August, another cache of court documents from the Giuffre v. Maxwell suit was made public. Hours later, Epstein was found dead in his New York City jail cell, where he’d been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell was arrested earlier this month and charged with several federal crimes, including sex trafficking and the enticement of minors. She’s since pleaded not guilty and is being held in a Brooklyn jail pending trial.
The newly released documents appear to contain more damning details about the allegations against Maxwell and Epstein — and their famous friends.
More additional documents from the 2015 suit, including a deposition related to Maxwell’s sex life, are expected to be made public on Aug. 3. Maxwell and her legal team have also sought to block their release.
Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted more than 100 underage girls per Virginia Roberts pic.twitter.com/P0JYyqJmw7— Chris Spargo (@chrisonchris) July 31, 2020
Testimony by two Jane Doe accusers are in another unsealed file.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 31, 2020
"Epstein then became enamored with Jane Doe #3, and with the assistance of Maxwell converted her into what is commonly referred to as a 'sex slave.'" #MaxwellFiles
Doc: https://t.co/gaJQAPH8Xv pic.twitter.com/wKU3tig5Xe
Q: "It is your contention that Ghislaine Maxwell had sex with underage girls virtually every day when I was around her, correct?"— Sara B. (@sara_bee) July 31, 2020
Virginia Giuffre: "Yes."
Q: [Asked who]
VG: "Well, there's a lot of girls that were involved. We weren't on a first name basis with each other."
Virginia Roberts says she was trafficked to Glen Dubinn, Stephen Kaufmann, Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew at the direction of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell pic.twitter.com/sMdeZjIUBz— Chris Spargo (@chrisonchris) July 31, 2020
Men who Ghislaine Maxwell directed Virginia Giuffre to engage in activities with, according to Giuffre's deposition:— Epstein Files Unsealed by Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 31, 2020
- Alan Dershowitz
- Glenn Dubin
- Stephen Kaufmann
- Prince Andrew
- Jean Luc Brunel
- Bill Richardson
- Marvin Minsky
Other names, many more names, redacted. pic.twitter.com/bPLztoIkEP
Maybe this is why Alan Dershowitz keeps insisting that he always visited Jeffrey Epstein’s island with his wife… pic.twitter.com/o8azhwS0Po— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) July 31, 2020
Giuffre says she wasn't introduced to people under their formal identities but provides some clues to the ID of the 40-something "foreign president" who raped her pic.twitter.com/aSWOUP0DvL— Sara B. (@sara_bee) July 31, 2020
Find the newly released documents here.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.