Jeffrey Epstein was offering advice to Ghislaine Maxwell as late as 2015, according to newly unsealed documents, despite her lawyer's statement that the British socialite had "no contact" with the disgraced financier in a decade.
Days earlier, Epstein had emailed Maxwell what appeared to be a court statement proclaiming her innocence, which read as if it was written by her.
'You have done nothing wrong and i woudl [sic] urge you to start acting like it, ' the billionaire pedophile wrote. Head high, not as an esacping (sic) convict. Epstein died in prison a year ago.
Giuffre spoke to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King in July, and told her "you couldn't say no" to Epstein and Maxwell from her position because "you're afraid for your life".
Maxwell pleaded not guilty on July 14 to helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse girls. Victims say they were farmed out to some of Epstein's wealthy associates.More news: Beyoncé's celebratory visual album 'Black Is King' drops on Disney+
Friday's order also covers a second deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser that Maxwell also wanted kept under seal. If convicted, she could face up to 35 years in prison. She is now being held in a Brooklyn, New York, jail, where she awaits her criminal trial, scheduled to begin sometime in July 2021.
The series of emails between "GMax" and "jeffrey E.", who used the email address email@example.com, include what appears to be advice on what Maxwell should say in response to Virginia Giuffre, who alleged Epstein and Maxwell recruited her into a sex-trafficking ring when she was 16. Her lawyers had argued that releasing the documents would make it "difficult if not impossible" for her to receive an impartial jury for her trial.
In an email on January 24, 2015, Maxwell appears to try to distance herself from any intimate relationship she had with Epstein, a former hedge fund manager.
Among the trove of court papers was an email exchange between the pair in January 2015, in which Epstein advised her to carry on normally and insisted she had nothing to worry about. It is now not known who Shelley is.
She claims it was done at Epstein and Maxwell's direction, and included "the owner of a large hotel chain" and a "foreign president" who she described as "Spanish" and in his 40s. He was arrested on new sex-trafficking charges in July 2019 in a case filed by federal prosecutors in NY.More news: NASA Rover En Route to Mars to Look for Signs of Life
Much of what appears in the documents unsealed late Thursday in NY has previously been reported, including Giuffre's claim that Epstein and Maxwell turned her into a "sex slave" and trafficked her to a long line of wealthy and powerful men.
"She's the one who I believe, in my heart of hearts, deserves to come forward and have justice happen to her more than anybody".
Other documents that have now been made public include the testimony of Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a key whistle-blower in the case, who also alleges that Prince Andrew slept with her while she was a teenager (something that he has repeatedly denied, notably during his Newsnight interview in which he claims he can not remember ever meeting her).
Roberts claims she had sex with Prince Andrew three times, including while she was underage.
Alan Dershowitz has also vehemently denied accusations of his association with Epstein.More news: Crude oil falls as USA stimulus talks trough