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September 04, 2020
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GHISLAINE Maxwell's embarrassing sex secrets could be laid bare following moves by the Virgin Islands to unseal legal documents so they can sue Jeffrey's Epstein estate.
Lawyers for the island's government argue they are likely to be highly "relevant" to their ongoing claim against the shamed financier's massive fortune.

The "top secret" documents are from a now-closed defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by Epstein and Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts.

It has been reported they could contain details incriminating others in Epstein's circle, and include an “extremely personal” deposition Maxwell gave in the 2015 lawsuit.

Legal experts for the islands argue the sealed material is of particular importance because Epstein himself cannot testify in their suit against him because of his prison suicide last year.

“In light of Epstein’s death in federal prison after the discovery in this action was taken, his direct testimony is unavailable," attorney William Narwold wrote in a court filing.

He then added: "Thus, any testimony by or about Epstein in this action may be critical to the USVI’s (US Virgin Islands) law enforcement action."

The sealed material in the Roberts case has been at the centre of a legal battle between herself and Maxwell, who is fighting to keep depositions and other evidence in the case secret.

Within the documents which were unsealed earlier, Roberts alleged Maxwell had sexual contact with females as young as 15.

In a May 2016 deposition, documents show Roberts was asked to describe any females she saw Maxwell have "sexual contact with" her "own two eyes."

According to the documents, she replied, "There's so many, I don't know where you want me to start," and was then asked to describe the girls.

Roberts responded, "There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads," documents show. "They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages range from 15 to 21."

When asked where she saw Maxwell have sex with other women, Roberts said “100 percent” where Epstein owned his private of Little St. James island.

“The island was a place where orgies were a constant thing that took place. And again, it’s impossible to know how many,” Roberts said in her deposition.

Maxwell had earlier filed an emergency motion with the federal appeals court in Manhattan, looking to block the release of two additional documents.

Making the deposition public, Maxwell's lawyers had argued, would make it "difficult if not impossible" to find an impartial jury for her trial.

In a civil suit filed in January, the US Virgin Islands alleged Epstein abused victims in their territories as recently as 2019.

Maxwell, 58, is accused of helping Epstein recruit and abuse three girls between 1994 and 1997, as well as committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath. She has denied the charges.


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