While the accused madam for Jeffrey Epstein sits in prison, reams of newly unsealed papers have revived allegations about Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz’s association with the multimillionaire sex offender, as well as claims that Maxwell joined “constant” orgies on his private Little St. James island.
Maxwell’s legal team fought desperately to block publication of the papers Thursday evening, arguing the new headlines would harm her right to a fair trial next July. The documents were part of a defamation suit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre against the British socialite. Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Epstein from roughly 2000 to 2002. She says she became Epstein’s “sex slave” through Maxwell, who she met when she was 15 years old.
“The stakes are much higher now. The government has indicted Ghislaine Maxwell. The media has all but convicted her,” Maxwell attorney Adam Mueller wrote in papers Thursday. Advertisement
Miami defense attorney David Weinstein said Maxwell’s attorneys could find some solace in the fact that her trial was scheduled for July 2021. But the headlines were still damaging.
“The release at this time is among the worst case scenarios for Maxwell, as well as a number of other individuals named in the documents,” said Weinstein, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in southern Florida.
“The challenges in defending a client when they dominate the headlines is largely felt in jury selection. The PR hit a client takes is collateral to all of this, but again impacts juror’s perceptions and not judicial rulings.”
Clinton and Dershowitz were among those linked to Maxwell’s alleged role as Epstein’s right hand lady.
“I remember asking Jeffrey, what’s Bill Clinton doing here?” Giuffre told attorneys in 2011, recalling an encounter on Epstein’s depraved island hideaway. “He laughed it off and said well he owes me a favor. He never told me what favors they were. I never knew. I didn’t know if he was serious. It was just a joke…He told me a long time ago that everyone owes him favors. They’re all in each other’s pockets.”
Also on the island with Epstein and Clinton were “two girls from New York” and Maxwell, Giuffre said. The papers include no allegations of sexual abuse by Clinton. A Clinton spokesman has previously denied Clinton ever traveled to Little St. James.
Giuffre testified under oath that Maxwell was a regular presence on Epstein’s 70-acre island.
“The island was a place where orgies were a constant thing that took place. And again, it’s impossible to know how many,” Giuffre said, recalling an orgy by a pool with Maxwell, Epstein and models who were “flown in” and didn’t speak English.
Epstein’s criteria for victims was “young, pretty, you know, a fun personality,” Giuffre said in a separate interview. “They couldn’t be black. If they were any other descent other than white, they had to be exotically beautiful.”
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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