A New York federal court has released 2,000 documents from a defamation case against the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financer and convicted sex offender who remains jailed on sex trafficking charges.
In the documents, Virginia Giuffre claimed Ghislaine Maxwell instructed her to have sex with former Senate Majority Leader George (D-Maine) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While Giuffre, previously a locker room attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, claimed Epstein called Trump a “good friend,” she said she never saw the two men together or had sex with the now-president, according to CNBC.
Giuffre claimed Maxwell directed her to have sex with other high-profile politicians and officials, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, financer Glenn Dubin, late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, and MC2 Model Management co-founder Jean Luc-Brunel. Giuffre also said in depositions that the couple trafficked her to “another prince,” a “foreign president,” a well-known prime minister,” and the owner of a “large hotel chain” in France, according to the Daily Beast.
Giuffre claimed she was working at the Mar-a-Lago club when Maxwell approached her offered her work as a masseuse, despite not having prior experience. She recalled being hired as a massage therapist for Epstein when she was told to undress and perform sex acts on him and Maxwell, WPTV reported.
The recently-released documents also included pages of flight logs from Epstein’s private jet. Fox News reported that the logs listed the names of prominent people, including Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, President Trump, Colombian President Andres Pastrana, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Hyatt Hotels Chairman Tom Pritzker, Brunel, and model Naomi Campbell.
The trove of records is related to a lawsuit Giuffre filed against Maxwell in 2015. Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation, claiming Maxwell called her a liar after she accused her and Epstein of sexually abusing her when she was underage.
The defamation case was settled for an undisclosed sum, with many of the details surrounding the lawsuit remaining private until this week, according to WPTV.
On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan ordered the unsealing of the documents. CNBC reported that the federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision by rejecting Maxwell’s bid to keep the case files sealed.
The documents released Friday included pleadings, depositions, and other materials related to the defamation case. CNBC reported that the circuit court sent the case back to district court, where a judge will decide how much of the remaining texts will be released to the public.
Ex-Senator Mitchell and a spokesperson for Governor Richardson denied the allegations in a statement to the Daily Beast.
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