Hundreds of pages of documents detailing a previously sealed deposition from longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell were released by Manhattan federal court on Thursday morning. The documents concern a 2016 sworn interview in which Maxwell became so enraged she knocked over a court reporter's computer and repeatedly claimed one of Epstein's accusers was lying while declining to answer various questions.
The more than 400 pages of documents were made public after a legal battle over what redactions should be made. The deposition was related to a federal defamation case filed by Virginia Giuffre, who has accused since-deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein of keeping her as a teenage sex slave. Epstein suddenly died last summer while in federal custody in Manhattan, and his death was ruled a suicide.
At the time of the 2016 deposition, Giuffre's lawyer Sigrid McCawley wrote that Maxwell's "deposition consisted almost entirely of 'I don't recalls' or 'I refuse to answer that question' and also included a physical outburst that knocked the court reporter's computer off the conference room table."
Redactions are scattered throughout the documents—sometimes shielding the names of minors who have made accusations of sex abuse against Epstein, and sometimes shielded entire pages of information. Powerful men like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew also have their names blacked out in the documents, with details from questioning making it apparent who they are, said Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown, who reignited attention on sex abuse accusations against Epstein in her reporting.
When McCawley asked if Maxwell ever told a girl (whose name is redacted) that she would "get extra money if she provided Jeffrey massages," Maxwell said she was "always happy to give career advice to people."
"I think that becoming somebody in the healthcare profession, either exercise instructor or nutritionist or professional massage therapist, is an excellent job opportunity," she said.
She repeatedly said she didn't remember meeting Giuffre and said she wasn't aware of "inviting anybody other than friends of mine who have children to the house," when asked if she invited minors to Epstein's home.
Maxwell was also asked: "Have you ever said to anybody that you recruit girls to take the pressure off you, so you won't have to have sex with Jeffrey, have you said that?"
To which she responded, "You don't ask me questions like that. First of all, you are trying to trap me, I will not be trapped. You are asking me if I recruit, I told you no."
"Girls meaning underage, I already said I don't do that with underage people and as to ask me about a specific conversation I had with language, we [are] talking about almost 17 years ago when this took place," Maxwell said, according to the deposition. She also said she "despise[d]" the word "recruit," and called it "disgusting."
In another line of questioning, she said, "Jeffrey enjoyed getting massages. I think that is something we can all agree in this room."
In July of this year, the Southern District of New York indicted Maxwell on charges of facilitating and participating in sexual abuse with her alleged co-conspirator Epstein. Maxwell is accused of enticing girls as young as 14 for grooming in order to solicit the girls to give Epstein massages and engage in sexual acts with him. She has pleaded not guilty and is being held at Brooklyn federal jail. Maxwell's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the deposition's release.
Giuffre's lawyer, McCawley, said in a statement: "This is a long-time coming and a welcome step towards revealing the evidence of the scope and scale of the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking ring."
"The public should know today's unsealing is only a small part of the total evidence," McCawley said. "As the evidence comes out, it will be clear why Ms. Maxwell and others who enabled Jeffrey Epstein are fighting so hard to keep it concealed. As our client Virginia Giuffre bravely asserts, they did not act alone."