Ghislaine Maxwell, former collaborator of Jeffrey Epstein, denied ever having helped the deceased financier to sexually exploit minors, assuring that he had only recruited “adults of appropriate age”To work in his luxurious properties in a 2016 deposition released Thursday, October 22.
Imprisoned in New York after being charged with trafficking in minors, incitement to prostitution and false testimony, especially for this deposition, Ghislaine Maxwell has made no statement since her arrest last July, except to plead not guilty.
This jet-set figure, daughter of former British media baron Robert Maxwell, fought against the publication of this 465-page deposition, taken in April 2016 as part of a civil action brought by Virginia Giuffre. But a judge validated its publication this week. Virginia Giuffre’s complaint resulted in an amicable settlement in 2017. Most of the names cited in the deposition were rendered illegible.
We learn more from the questions of the lawyer of Virginia Giuffre than from the answers of Ghislaine Maxwell: questioned on the activities of alleged sex trafficking of minors of the financier in the early 2000s, Ghislaine Maxwell is evasive, says not to be at current in the sex life of Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in August 2019, or “not to remember».
«Age appropriate adults»
Ghislaine Maxwell says that she only recruited “adults of appropriate age“To help maintain its luxurious properties, not to have”never observed Jeffrey having sex with a minor“, And have”never brought girls under 18At home for sexual purposes. “The people I brought were all age-appropriate adults“, with the exception of “members of (his) own family».
She admits, however, that he loved massages to the point of asking for them daily, at times “unpredictable“, Which would explain why his address book contained long lists of”masseuses».
Asked about emails exchanged with the financier, where they seem to consult on their statements to the media, she assures that her only concern was to ensure “accuracyOf his words. Although she had an intimate relationship with Jeffrey Epstein in the 90s, this 58-year-old woman, who has triple American, British and French nationality, however rejects the designation of ex- “girlfriendFrom the financier.
Since the death in prison of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, has been the main figure in a scandal that has splashed Prince Andrew and other personalities. Her trial is due to begin in July 2021. She faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.