[Reporters for The New York Times are reading the deposition now. This article will be updated.]
For years, Ghislaine Maxwell has been a central however silent determine in a scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein’s lengthy historical past of abusing teenage women.
On Thursday, nevertheless, Ms. Maxwell’s voice was heard for the primary time as a four-year-old deposition was launched containing her response to the swirl of claims surrounding Mr. Epstein: a sequence of evasions and denials.
Cussed and elusive by turns, Ms. Maxwell rejected virtually each allegation of wrongdoing within the 465-page doc, denying that she helped Mr. Epstein recruit, groom and finally sexually mistreat dozens of younger girls and teenage women.
At one level, she was requested 10 occasions in a row if she believed Mr. Epstein had abused any kids — and every time ducked the query.
She additionally denied that she herself had ever had any type of inappropriate intercourse.
“I simply testified,” she mentioned, “I by no means had nonconsensual intercourse with anyone ever, at any time, at anyplace, at any time, with anyone.”
Ms. Maxwell, Mr. Epstein’s former romantic accomplice, grew to become the main focus of a federal investigation into his sex-trafficking community after his suicide in jail last year. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged her with conspiring with Mr. Epstein, a financier, in his abuse of minors. As his closest affiliate, she is believed to have in depth details about him and others who might need been concerned.
However her deposition left unanswered the query of who that may be: Almost the entire names contained inside it — besides her personal and Mr. Epstein’s — had been redacted.
Ms. Maxwell’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The daughter of a publishing magnate and a onetime fixture on New York’s social scene, Ms. Maxwell had fought for months to maintain her two depositions in a 2015 civil case introduced by certainly one of her and Mr. Epstein’s accusers secret, arguing that they contained delicate private info. However on Monday, a federal appeals courtroom in Manhattan upheld a decrease courtroom’s ruling that certainly one of them could possibly be made public. After a flurry of motions by her attorneys, the deposition was launched on Thursday morning.
Ms. Maxwell, 58, was arrested on July 2 on fees that from 1994 to 1997, she contributed to the abuse of a number of teenage women by Mr. Epstein — one as younger as 14 — and in some circumstances participated within the abuse. She additionally was charged with mendacity underneath oath within the two depositions, which occurred in 2016. She has pleaded not responsible to the costs.
Ms. Maxwell’s arrest got here virtually precisely one yr after Mr. Epstein was taken into custody and charged in New York with sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of women and younger girls at his mansion in Manhattan, his property in Palm Seaside, Fla., and different areas.
The Maxwell depositions had been a part of the 2015 defamation lawsuit filed in Manhattan in opposition to her by Virginia Giuffre, who had earlier accused Ms. Maxwell of recruiting her as a young person to turn into a sufferer in Mr. Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme.