(PoliticalLookout.com)- Newly unsealed testimony from a 2016 court case reveals how British socialist Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial in a Brooklyn jail, denied ever giving dead sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a massage.
In the 20-line testimony which resulted in a perjury charge, Maxwell denied giving massages to anybody else during her time as a partner and confidante of Epstein. The documents were released on Thursday after she lost a legal battle to keep the documents secret.
The testimony was taken from a deposition in July 2016 about a defamation lawsuit previously brought against her by Virginia Giuffre, one of the best-known accusers of Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre’s attorney David Boies asked Maxwell whether she had ever given massages to people other than Epstein at any of his homes.
“First of all, I never said I gave Mr Epstein a massage,” she said. “I don’t give massages.”
“Let’s just tie that down,” the lawyer responded. “It is your testimony that you’ve never given anybody a massage?”
Maxwell responded by confirming that she had “Not given anyone a massage.”
The excerpt formed the basis of a perjury charge in an indictment that charged Maxwell with assisting the New York financier in his illegal sexual activity, including the recruitment of three teenage girls for underage sex between 1994 and 1997.
Maxwell also claimed that she did not have any knowledge about whether Epstein owned sex toys or had sex with any other women than her self in the ‘90s and 2000s. Federal prosecutors insisted that Maxwell lied under oath about ever giving massages to Epstein.
Much of Epstein’s activity with underage girls involved massages, with Maxwell accused of helping recruit teenage girls to come to Epstein’s properties and give him sexual massages on many occasions.
Maxwell’s bid to keep the deposition testimony secret was denied by Judge Loretta Preska because it did not relate to consensual activity between two adults, but instead only to massages.
“Any private interest she has in sealing this portion of testimony does not outweigh the presumption of public access that attaches to it,” the judge added.
Victims claim that Maxwell acted as a recruiter for Epstein in the 1990s, finding young girls and women to send to his private properties in New York, Florida, and the Virgin Islands.