Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend denied introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to underage intercourse companions in a defensive and combative deposition made public Thursday, calling the prince’s accuser an “awful fantasist.”
“Are we tallying all the lies?” Ghislaine Maxwell requested in the course of the 2016 deposition, saying she couldn’t recall taking Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre out for an evening of clubbing with Andrew in London. “Her tissue of lies is extremely hard to pick apart what is true and what isn’t.”
The change was contained in tons of of pages of transcripts ordered launched by U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in a civil lawsuit.
Maxwell has been charged with recruiting three underage ladies within the 1990s for Epstein to sexually abuse and committing perjury within the depositions, although the fees do not relate to the prince. She has pleaded not responsible.
Maxwell, 58, parried an extended record of inquiries about Epstein’s sexual proclivities and her interactions with Giuffre and different younger ladies, insisting she by no means noticed the financier have intercourse with anyone.
Denied hiring under-18 ladies
“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 mentioned, denying having three-way intercourse with Epstein and Giuffre.
“I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever.”
Giuffre has accused Epstein of arranging for her to have sexual encounters with quite a few rich and influential males, together with Prince Andrew. He and the opposite males have denied her allegations.
Maxwell repeatedly denied hiring anybody below the age of 18 for Epstein.
As for whether or not she was Epstein’s girlfriend after assembly him in 1991, Maxwell known as it a “tricky question.”
“There were times when I would have liked to think of myself as his girlfriend,” she mentioned.
Asked whether or not it was Epstein’s “preference to start a massage with sex,” Maxwell mentioned: “I think you should ask that question of Jeffrey.”
In a deposition of Epstein performed later in 2016, Epstein principally invoked the Fifth Amendment, which protects in opposition to self incrimination.
“Fifth,” he replied when he was requested if Maxwell was “one of the main women” he used to obtain underage ladies for sexual actions.
Deposition stemmed from defamation case
Preska had ordered the transcripts of seven hours of depositions of Maxwell launched by Thursday morning. The decide allowed launch of the transcripts after rejecting arguments that the interviews for Giuffre’s 2015 defamation lawsuit in opposition to Maxwell would jeopardize a good felony trial for Maxwell subsequent July.
Maxwell has been held with out bail since her July arrest on fees that she procured the underage ladies for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997.
The 2016 transcripts have been amongst over 2,000 pages of paperwork being launched since a federal appeals courtroom final yr started unsealing paperwork from the since-settled Giuffre lawsuit. She mentioned Maxwell recruited her at age 17 to be sexually abused by Epstein and Maxwell from 1999 to 2002.
The Miami Herald, whose reporting in 2018 introduced recent scrutiny to Epstein’s crimes, had argued in searching for the unsealing that Maxwell’s concern of embarrassment should not cease the general public from studying of “the sexual abuse of young girls at the hands of the wealthy and powerful.”
Epstein was 66 in August 2019 when he killed himself in a federal jail in Manhattan as he awaited trial on intercourse trafficking fees.