Ghislaine Maxwell was mocked for having ‘total amnesia’ after claiming in a deposition that she couldn’t recall taking a single flight with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre – even though flight logs show Maxwell traveling with Giuffre more than 23 times on the pedophile’s private jet, newly unsealed court documents reveal.
Dozens of files were unsealed overnight by a federal judge in New York in relation to Maxwell’s ongoing sex trafficking case.
The majority of the 52 files are related to a long-settled defamation lawsuit filed in 2016 by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre after Maxwell called her a liar.
Giuffre, who is now 37, has long claimed that Maxwell and Epstein recruited and then trafficked her when she was 17.
Among the documents that were unsealed overnight was Maxwell’s efforts to quash requests from Giuffre’s attorneys to obtain her financial records after Giuffre sued her for $50 million.
The majority of the 52 Ghislaine Maxwell files that were unsealed overnight are related to a prior defamation lawsuit filed by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers
Giuffre’s attorneys argued that obtaining Maxwell’s records were relevant to show a financial link to Epstein.
In court documents, Giuffre’s attorneys said Maxwell was malicious due to ‘extraordinary lack of memory about her involvement in the abuse’.
‘For instance, (Maxwell) cannot even recall a single flight on Epstein’s private jet with Ms Giuffre, even though flight logs show that (Maxwell) had 23 flights with Ms Giuffre while Ms Giuffre was underage,’ the attorneys said, according to the court documents.
The majority of the 52 files are related to a long-settled defamation lawsuit filed in 2016 by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre after Maxwell called her a liar
Her attorneys also went on to argue that Maxwell could not recall the circumstances under which a photo was taken of her, Giuffre and another person whose named was redacted from the court documents.
‘Based on (Maxwell’s) convenient and near total amnesia about documented incriminating events alone, a reasonable jury could find that she acted deliberately and maliciously when she arranged for false and defamatory statements about Ms Giuffre to be transmitted literally around the globe,’ the lawyers argued, according to court documents.
The court documents were among those unsealed overnight in New York after Judge Loretta Preska ruled last month that files – some of which included Maxwell’s personal affairs – should be made public.
The judge ruled that unsealing the documents would not impact Maxwell’s right to a fair trial in November as her lawyers have claimed.
Maxwell’s lawyers were opposed to the move.
Maxwell told lawyers that she never remembered being on Epstein’s private plane with Virginia. But flight logs show the pair flew together at least 23 times when Virginia was underage. Maxwell was shown to have flown on the plane more than 300 times, according to flight logs. Those involving Virginia, who is identified by her maiden name Roberts, are shown in blue
A number of the unsealed court documents related to Giuffre’s attempts to obtain emails that Maxwell had exchanged with the likes of Epstein and his attorney and friend Alan Dershowitz.
Giuffre’s attorneys accused Maxwell of refusing to hand over the emails.
In court court documents, they noted that Maxwell had previously claimed she had a ‘practice of deleting emails after they have been read’.
The attorneys alleged that Maxwell had intentionally deleted emails from Epstein and requested permission to forensically examine Maxwell’s computers and emails to access any relevant data.
Maxwell is pictured above in a court sketch from an April hearing in Manhattan Federal court related to her sex trafficking case
Responding to those requests, Maxwell’s lawyers argued in a separate court document that some of the email were protected under attorney-client privilege because they also included their legal teams and discussions about the defamation lawsuit.
Maxwell’s attorney argued the argument to forensically search her computer and emails was ‘meritless’.
The documents are part of a tranche of material that has been gradually released since the start of the year.
The British socialite is charged with procuring four teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She is also charged with perjury over testimony she gave during a July 2016 deposition in the defamation case involving Giuffre.
Giuffre claims Maxwell recruited her when she was 16 and took her to Epstein to be repeatedly raped and abused, including by Prince Andrew, which he denies.
The defamation case was settled in 2017 but after requests from the media organization the documents are gradually being unsealed.
Maxwell was arrested in July last year has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell court documents unsealed by federal court