A judge has ruled that details about the federal criminal case against Ghislaine Maxwell are too “sensational and impure” to be released to the public or the media.
Maxwell, a former girlfriend and close confidant of the late Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in July 2020 on multiple federal charges. She is accused of recruiting young women and girls into Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking ring, and lying to investigators. Considered a flight risk, she will remain in custody at a federal prison in Brooklyn until her trial.
According to the New York Post, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan agreed to Maxwell’s request to redact parts of a sealed transcript related to the criminal case against her.
“Those portions of the transcript, which were redacted in the civil matter, concern privacy interests and their disclosure would merely serve to cater to a ‘craving for that which is sensational and impure,’” Nathan wrote in the order, obtained by the New York Post.
“The interest in protecting the safety and privacy of those individuals outweighs the presumption of access that attaches to those documents,” the judge wrote.
Maxwell’s trial is expected to begin in July.
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