Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers feared sealed deposition would impact jury

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers didn’t want her ‘perjury trap’ deposition becoming public because it ‘would sway the jury in her sex trafficking trial’

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys fought for months to keep the deposition private
  • They argued in court that it would prejudice the jury in her criminal sex trafficking trial 
  • They also said she’d been lured into a ‘perjury trap’ because she never thought the information would become public 
  • Maxwell is awaiting trial on sex trafficking and perjury charges 
  • The 465-page deposition revealed little information despite her protestations  

Ghislaine Maxwell is currently in custody awaiting a sex trafficking trial

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys fought tooth and nail to keep the deposition private, they claimed it contained ‘deeply personal’ information about her sex life.

But she refused to answer questions about sex, aside from insisting she’d never forced anyone in to it, and she would not comment on Epstein’s sex life either.  She refused to answer many of the questions, on the advice of her attorney. 

Her lawyers, in their efforts to keep it private, said that she’d walked into a ‘perjury trap’ because at the time she gave the statements, she thought they would never be a) shown to the government or b) shown to the public. 

The government has already charged Maxwell with two counts of perjury after reviewing them, somehow, before they were unsealed. She claims Roberts leaked them to prosecutors. 

She has been charged over a tiny portion of the lengthy deposition for comments that she made about not knowing about sex toys in Epstein’s house, not knowing if anyone under the age of 18 was having sex with Epstein or in the house and not knowing about the sex trafficking ring he ran. 

They are only a small chunk of the comments she made over 465 pages. Now, it’s unclear if she could face more perjury charges. 

The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment on whether or not they were reviewing the files or weighing more charges on Thursday. 

The cover page of the deposition that was released on Thursday. It was 465 pages long 

One of the other reasons Maxwell’s attorneys argued against them becoming public was that the jury in her criminal trial would be influenced by them. 

They said the files compromised her right to a fair trial but didn’t specify which way they thought it would influence the jury. 

It’s unclear if the testimony will be submitted as evidence at the criminal trial. 

Earlier this year, her lawyers also said that she had been tricked into a ‘perjury trap’ because she  believed that her deposition would never be made public.  

Virginia Roberts with Maxwell and Prince Andrew in Maxwell’s London home in 2001 

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