Among the trove of documents from Virginia Giuffre’s 2015 lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell is an email exchange between Maxwell and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in which Epstein appears to be coaching Maxwell on what to say about accusations against her, the BBC reported.
The exchange took place in early 2015, although Maxwell, in her request for bail on July 10 this year, said she hadn’t been in contact for more than a decade.
The documents also included a lengthy deposition by Giuffre, who settled her suit accusing Maxwell of defamation for an undisclosed amount in 2017, in which she gave intimate details of her sexual encounters with Epstein and Maxwell — even describing Maxwell’s body.
In the email exchange, Epstein sent a paragraph on January 21 to “GMax” that reads like a statement she could make to investigators.
“Since JE was charged in 2007 with solicitation of a prostitute I have been the target of outright lies, innuendo, slander, defamation and salacious gossip and harassment; headlines made up of quotes I have never given, statements I have never made, trips with people to places I have never been, holidays with people I have never met, false allegations of impropriety and offensive behavior that I abhor and have never ever been party to, witness to events that I have never seen, living off trust funds that I have never ever had, party to stories that have changed materially both in time place and event depending what paper you read, and the list goes on.”
Three days later, Maxwell emails Epstein, appearing to distance herself from Epstein romantically. “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,” she wrote.
Epstein wrote back the next day, “ok with me,” and “You have done nothing wrong and i woudl (sic) urge you to start acting like it. go outside, head high, not as an esacping (sic) convict. go to parties. deal with it.”
It’s not clear who “Shelley” is.
Giuffre accused Maxwell of procuring her for Epstein while she was 15-years old and working at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort. In fact, Giuffre said, she was wearing her Mar-A-Lago uniform when she first met Epstein and Maxwell had her strip down to “massage” him.
“So then Ghislaine told me that she wanted me to undress and began to take off my shirt and skirt, my white uniform from Mar-A-Lago, she also took off her shirt and got undressed, and so I was there with just my undies on, and she was completely bare,” Giuffre said, according to the Daily Mail.
“I can tell you that she had very large natural breasts,” she said. “I can tell you that her pubic hair was dark brown, nearly black. I don’t remember any specific birthmarks or moles that I could point out that would be relevant.”
She had no scars, and no tattoos, Giuffre said.
A district court judge ordered the documents released on Thursday, but two other documents — Maxwell’s deposition and another from someone identified only as J. Doe 1 — were put on hold Friday when the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed to hear Maxwell’s appeal of the order to release them, as CrimeOnline reported. That hearing will take place on September 22.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 on a federal indictment of sex trafficking and perjury related to incidents from 1994-1997. She’s being held without bond, and her trial is expected to begin in July 2021.
Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a single charge of soliciting a minor as a prostitute in a sweetheart deal negotiated by former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was then a US Attorney. He was arrested again on sex trafficking charges last year and was found dead in his cell in August while awaiting trial. The Medical Examiner’s Office in New York ruled his death a suicide.
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