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Testimony showing Ghislaine Maxwell claiming to have never given a massage to her perverted ex Jeffrey Epstein — or to anyone else — was unsealed in a civil case Thursday, after she lost a legal fight to keep it under wraps.
The excerpt — which is at the heart of a perjury case against the British socialite and alleged madam — was part of a July 2016 deposition Maxwell gave in a civil defamation suit brought against her by Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was recruited by Maxwell to be abused by Epstein and his associates.
“Did you ever give a massage to anyone other than Mr. Epstein at any of Mr. Epstein’s properties?” an attorney for Giuffre asked Maxwell.
“First of all, I never said I gave Mr. Epstein a massage,” Maxwell responded.
“I don’t give massages,” she added.
“Let’s just tie that down. It is your testimony that you’ve never given anybody a massage?” the attorney responded.
“I have not given anyone a massage,” Maxwell said.
Part of the excerpt is included in the Southern District of New York criminal indictment against Maxwell, who faces two perjury charges and four charges related to her allegedly procuring young women for Epstein to abuse.
The feds allege she knowingly lied about the massages.
Maxwell’s attorneys had nevertheless sought to keep the excerpt redacted in the civil case, but Judge Loretta Preska ruled earlier this week that it should be made public because it does not deal with consensual sexual activity between adults.
“It does not relate to private sexual activity of consenting adults, but only to massages,” Preska wrote in her decision. “Any private interest she has in sealing this portion of testimony does not outweigh the presumption of public access that attaches to it.”
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all the counts she is facing. She’s awaiting trial in federal jail in Brooklyn.
Epstein’s victims have accused Maxwell of acting as his recruiter in the 1990s, convincing girls and young women to visit his properties in Florida, the Virgin Islands and New York, where he we would abuse them.
The multi-millionaire pedophile, who killed himself in a lower Manhattan jail cell in 2019, often groomed his victims by asking them to massage him.
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