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A US court has blocked an appeal by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, allowing testimony in a lawsuit related to Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse activities to be made public.
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said there was a presumption the public had a right to see Ms Maxwell's 418-page deposition, which was taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against her.
In an unsigned order, the court also said US District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan did not abuse her discretion in rejecting Ms Maxwell's "meritless arguments" that her interests superseded that presumption.
Ms Maxwell was asked during one deposition whether Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Ms Maxwell responded, her lawyer noted in making his arguments for secrecy.
The order upheld Judge Preska's decision in July to release the deposition and hundreds of other documents from the 2015 defamation lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's accusers.
That case was settled in 2017, and many of the documents have been made public.
But Ms Maxwell's lawyers said bad publicity from disclosing "intimate, sensitive, and personal details" from the deposition could undermine her ability to defend herself against criminal charges that she enabled Epstein's sexual abuses.
originally posted by: TortoiseKweek
As much as I hope all will come out, I still believe the truth will be hidden. She'll take the fall and none of the high profile people like prince Andrew will ever be held accountable for their actions.
originally posted by: odzeandennz
Good. Let it all out in the open. Hang all complicit, even by proxy.