Everything we learned from the Ghislaine Maxwell document drops
“The court is troubled – but not surprised – that Ms. Maxwell has yet again sought to muddy the waters as the clock ticks closer to midnight.” This is what federal judge Loretta Preska said when she denied the legal team for Ghislaine Maxwell’s attempt to stop thousands of pages of depositions to be made public.
Ghislaine Maxwell awaits trial in the Metropolitan Detention Center for her alleged collaboration with convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein. Together, their victims say, they ran a sex trafficking ring with underage girls for rich & powerful men.
Although Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty & maintains her innocence, the information released in the documents is illuminating. Here’s a rundown of what the documents revealed.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre deposition
A lot of the publicized information from this case comes from a 2015 deposition from Virginia Roberts-Giuffre. The deposition was part of a defamation lawsuit Giuffre enacted against Ghislaine Maxwell. The case was settled out of court.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre’s deposition describes how she was recruited not by Jeffrey Epstein, but by Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre was approached by Maxwell when she was a teenager & working at Mar-A-Lago – current U.S. President Donald Trump’s resort.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre detailed how she began working as a masseuse for Jeffrey Epstein. After the massages turned into sexual abuse, Epstein ordered her to perform these “massages” on his rich & powerful friends.
Epstein’s rich & powerful friends
“Look, I’ve given you what I know right now. This is very hard for me and very frustrating to go over this. I . . . don’t recall all of the people. There was a large amount of people I was sent to.”
So far, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre has named Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Harvard attorney & professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz as two of her abusers. Prince Andrew & Buckingham Palace both emphatically deny that Prince Andrew was involved. Prince Andrew maintained his innocence in a BBC interview. However, viewers were skeptical.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre & Alan Dershowitz are suing each other for defamation. Dershowitz alleges that Giuffre is fabricating her entire experience with Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell to extort money from his rich & famous friends. Dershowitz compelled Epstein’s former client & former CEO of L. Brands Les Wexner to testify.
Prince Andrew’s story took a turn for the worse as the Dept. of Justice alleged that he was refusing to cooperate with their investigation of Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew’s legal team maintains that the prince offered to cooperate numerous times.
The saga got stranger when one of Giuffre’s documents, a manuscript for a memoir she was working on, revealed that Prince Andrew molested her with a puppet in his likeness. The puppet was from the British satire show Spitting Image and Epstein allegedly bought it from the show for Prince Andrew at auction.
In 2016, another former victim of Jeffrey Epstein, Johanna Sjoberg, testified to corroborate Virginia Roberts-Giuffre’s encounter with Prince Andrew & his puppet. “I sat on Andrew’s lap . . . they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine,” Sjoberg recalled in her testimony.
Little St. James
The most scandalous abuses reportedly took place on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, Little St. James. Virginia Roberts-Giuffre testified that Jeffrey Epstein hosted numerous orgies on the island and Ghislaine Maxwell would participate. Giuffre testified that Maxwell would have “continuous sex” with victims, by the pool, in cabana huts, and on the beach.
“There’s just a blur of so many girls. There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads. They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21,” Virginia Roberts-Giuffre recalled.
On one occasion, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre recalled that models were flown in for an orgy by the pool.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre spotted former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Little St. James, but that’s all the contact she says she had with him. She was actually astonished to see him there. When she asked Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell what he was doing there, they told her that Clinton owed them favors.
Continued contact between Ghislaine Maxwell & Jeffrey Epstein
The deposition also revealed that Ghislaine Maxwell was in contact with Jeffrey Epstein longer than she said. Before, Maxwell’s legal team maintained that Epstein & Maxwell hadn’t been in touch for over a decade. An email between Maxwell & Epstein was uncovered from 2014. The email encouraged Maxwell to “keep her head up” in the face of allegations against her & Epstein.