The widely-anticipated 2016 deposition by Ghislaine Maxwell, the accused sex-trafficker and ex-girlfriend of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was unsealed on Thursday by a New York court.
However, rather than revealing a desperate figure admitting to her crimes, the recording of the deposition showed Maxwell strictly abiding by the code of silence – offering only denials and evasions of her role in the storm of scandal surrounding the disgraced pedophile.
The deposition was one of about a dozen files revealed from the four-year old portfolio related to Epstein accuser and former “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s now-settled 2015 civil lawsuit against Maxwell.
In the unsealed documents, the 58-year-old Maxwell consistently rejects the accusation that she helped Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse dozens of teen girls and young women.
Asked over 10 times in a row if she had any knowledge of Epstein’s abuse of minors, Maxwell failed to answer.
She also avoided details about and sought to play down and distance herself from any links between the disgraced financier and former President Bill Clinton, who is known to have used Epstein’s private plane. Maxwell herself met Clinton for an “intimate dinner” in 2014, according to a recent report.
Maxwell avoided going into specifics on Epstein and Clinton’s relationship, but adamantly denied that she was present during any alleged meeting between the two on Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands.
“Again, Virginia is absolutely totally lying,” she said. “This is a subject of defamation about Virginia and the lies she has told and one of lies she told was that President Clinton was on the island where I was present. Absolutely 1,000% that is a flat-out total fabrication and lie.”
“You did fly on planes, Jeffrey Epstein’s planes with President Clinton, is that correct?” the lawyer asked, to which Maxwell responded vaguely, “I have flown, yes.”
“Would it be fair to say that President Clinton and Jeffrey are friends?” a lawyer asked.
“I wouldn’t be able to characterize it like that, no,” Maxwell said.
“He just allowed him to use his plane?” the lawyer continued.
“I couldn’t categorize Jeffrey’s relationship,” Maxwell evasively responded.
When asked if she helped introduce Britain’s Prince Andrew to sex partners who were legally minors, she denied the accusation. She also could not recall going out with Andrew and Giuffre for a night of clubbing in London, she maintained.
Giuffre’s attorney, Sigrid McCawley, also grilled Maxwell about allegations that Epstein had performed financial work for the Israeli government, or for intelligence agencies such as the CIA or FBI.
“Do you know if Jeffrey Epstein had any relationship with the U.S. government either working for the CIA or the FBI in his lifetime?” McCawley asked.
“I have no knowledge of that,” Maxwell responded.
“Do you know if Jeffrey Epstein has any friends that are in the CIA or FBI?” he asked again.
“I have no idea,” she responded.
“Are you aware that Jeffrey Epstein has told people that he worked for the government to recover stolen funds?” McCawley asked.
“I don’t recall conversations about that,” Maxwell responded.
“Does Jeffrey Epstein have any affiliation with the Israeli government?” McCawley asked, spurring Maxwell to respond that she had no such recollection.
At another point, Maxwell – who had been accused of gagging and raping a victim with a sex toy – avoided any straightforward answer about a laundry basket filled with sex toys at Epstein’s Palm Beach home, asking that the questioning lawyer “define what you are talking about.”
“A sex toy meaning a vibrator of some kind, sometimes they are called dildos, of that nature, anything like that?” the lawyer asked.
“I don’t recollect anything that would formally be a dildo, anything like that,” she responded.
Maxwell said that she did not invite minors to Epstein’s homes unless they were the children of friends in a social scenario, but tripped herself up when asked if she “brought” the 17-year-old Giuffre to his home.
“Virginia Roberts [Giuffre’s maiden name] held herself out as a masseuse and invited herself to come and give a massage,” Maxwell said. “She was a masseuse and in the form and as my job, I was to have people who he wanted for various things including massage. She came as a masseuse.”
Maxwell was also asked if she was Epstein’s girlfriend following their initial encounters in 1991, to which she responded that it was a “tricky question.”
“There were times when I would have liked to think of myself as his girlfriend,” she vaguely said.
Maxwell then explained that Epstein enjoyed at least one massage per day, with more than one masseuse often being on call to perform them. When asked if the word “massage” was a code word meaning sex, she said that they involved “private adult sexual relationships.”
Maxwell angrily denied seeing Epstein have sex with anyone grew outraged over the suggestion that she had three-way sex with Epstein and Giuffre.
“She is an absolute total liar and you all know she lied on multiple things and that is just one other disgusting thing she added,” Maxwell said at the time.
At one point, Maxwell exploded in a “physical outburst” and knocked the court reporter’s work station from a conference room table. She later apologized and explained that the tantrum was rooted in her frustration over the proceedings.
However, a clear picture emerges from the deposition of how Epstein financially propped up Maxwell’s opulent lifestyle, loaning the British socialite and heiress to a media empire money to purchase a townhouse. He also buyed Maxwell a car and donated $50,000 to her ocean conservationist charity, TerraMar, she said.
“Why did you continue to maintain contact with Jeffrey Epstein after he pled guilty?” Ms. McCawley asked at one point, referring to his conviction in 2008 by a Florida court on charges of procuring a minor for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute.
“I believe that you need to be a good friend in people’s hour of need,” Maxwell responded, “and I felt that it was a very thoughtful, nice thing for me to do to help in very limited fashion.”
Following her arrest on July 2, the 58-year-old British socialite was denied bail and placed in prison ahead of her trial in 2021. Maxwell faces a range of charges related to child sex trafficking, the sexual exploitation of minors, and perjury.
She is accused of grooming multiple minors to engage in sex acts with Epstein by befriending them to ask them about their lives and families while building friendships with the young girls alongside Epstein by taking their victims on social outings or shopping trips.
Epstein, 66, was found hanged in a lone cell in the special housing unit (SHU) of a federal Manhattan prison in Manhattan while facing a potential prison sentence of up to 45 years on charges of pedophilia and sex trafficking. A city medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
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