Ghislaine Maxwell flies under the radar while lawyering up for Epstein lawsuit
Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers will appear in NYC court this week in an ongoing fight against more “damning” records being unsealed.
Maxwell remains firmly in hiding, being protected by a number of pals, Page Six revealed, but still retains a number of high-paid lawyers doing her bidding in court. As prosecutors weigh criminal proceedings against Jeffrey Epstein’s former alleged madam, a legal fight wages on. Her team will appear before Judge Loretta Preska on Thursday and go up against a lawyer for Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was recruited by Maxwell to be Epstein’s sex slave and trafficked to Prince Andrew and other high-profile men. Andrew denies the allegations.
Giuffre sued Maxwell in 2015 for defamation after the British socialite publicly called her a liar. The case settled just before the trial. As part of the settlement, documents that would have been used at trial were put under seal. Last summer, a New York appellate court unsealed a portion of the documents which provided damaging details into how Epstein’s sex-trafficking operated. The remaining documents yet to be unsealed were sent to Judge Preska for her review.
Sigrid McCawley, an attorney for Giuffre and other Epstein accusers including Annie Farmer, told Page Six that though Maxwell has not been seen publicly, she’s hiding in plain sight.
McCawley, who practices with David Boies, has been trying to serve Maxwell and her lawyers with Farmer’s complaint. So far, Maxwell’s lawyers have not responded to multiple requests to accept service on Maxwell’s behalf.
McCawley said: “Ghislaine Maxwell might be MIA, but her lawyers know where to find her. For five years her lawyers have worked aggressively to conceal the central role we maintain Maxwell played as Epstein’s co-conspirator and the devastation they brought upon the lives of countless young girls and women. Much of the story remains untold.” Sources close to Giuffre say she’s “very hopeful” the government has expressed interest “in pursuing those who helped facilitate Epstein’s crimes.”
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