Ghislaine Maxwell-Jeffrey Epstein emails revealed in new court papers
- 31 July 2020
Emails between UK socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have been revealed in a trove of unsealed court documents.
Epstein tells Ms Maxwell she has done “nothing wrong” in the 2015 exchange, which appears to contradict her earlier claims of not having contacted him.
And in a deposition, accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ms Maxwell was as equally involved in sex trafficking as Epstein.
Ms Maxwell faces a trial in the case in July 2021 and has pleaded not guilty.
She remains in custody in New York, charged with trafficking minors for Epstein and perjury. She could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
Epstein died in prison on 10 August 2019 as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was determined to be suicide.
Which documents have been released?
Dozens of papers were ordered to be unsealed late on Thursday by a court in New York.
There is a near 350-page paper containing the testimony from 2016 of Virginia Giuffre, who has alleged that she was forced into sex with Epstein and his friends. The deposition comes from her now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against Ms Maxwell.
There is also an email exchange between Ms Maxwell and Epstein from 2015, which shows how concerned she was about possible fallout from the case.
Police reports and flight logs from Epstein’s private jets have also been unsealed.
Lawyers for Ms Maxwell fought to keep the papers secret.
They have managed to get a temporary block on two additional documents – a deposition from 16 April related to Ms Maxwell’s sex life and another deposition, this time from an unnamed Epstein accuser.
They could still be released on Monday, though, pending further court challenges.
What is in the email exchange?
An email sent by Epstein to Ms Maxwell on 21 January 2015 carries what appears to be a statement to be used by Ms Maxwell in defence of any accusations against her.
Ms Maxwell then sends an email on 24 January appearing to try to distance herself from any romantic relationship with Epstein, saying: “I would appreciate it if shelley would come out and say she was your g’friend – I think she was from end 99 to 2002.”
The identity of Shelley is unclear but Epstein writes b