A U.S. district judge ordered the release of parts of Ghislaine Maxwell’s statements from 2016. The associate of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein confirmed that former Democratic President Bill Clinton traveled on the tycoon’s private plane.
The statement, which came out of a civil defamation suit against Maxwell by whistleblower Virginia Giuffre and was settled, shows that Epstein’s “best friend”—as he described her—evaded the lawyers’ questions on many occasions, especially on issues related to the late financier’s sexual activity.
“During her recent deposition, the defendant refused to answer numerous questions about allegedly ‘adult’ sexual activity related to Jeffrey Epstein,” wrote attorneys Sigrid McCawley, Rad Edwards and Paul Cassell in their May 5, 2016, letter to the court.
“Because this activity is highly relevant to this case, the defendant should be ordered to answer questions about it,” they said, arguing, “As the Court is aware, this defamation case involves Ms. Giuffre’s assertions that she and other females were recruited by the Defendant to be sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein under the guise of being ‘massage therapists.’”
According to the documents, the lawyers claimed that Maxwell refused to answer questions about “what the alleged ‘massage therapists’ were doing at Jeffrey Epstein’s house and the sexual nature of those massages.”
However, when Guiffre’s attorney, Sigrid McCawley, asked her, “You did fly on planes, Jeffrey Epstein’s planes with President Clinton, is that correct?,” Maxwell confirmed, “I have flown, yes.”
Maxwell has been accused of helping to recruit underage women to be sexually abused by Epstein and other powerful people.
When asked, “When you were on the plane with Jeffrey and President Clinton, did you observe Jeffrey and [REDACTED] talking?”
“I’m sure they did,” replied Maxwell, who admitted on another part of the statement that she had traveled “too many times” in the financier’s jet, infamously nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”
Although former President Clinton denied visiting the private island of Epstein and said he had only traveled on the plane four times, records obtained by Fox News reveal that the former Democratic president traveled on the “Lolita Express” at least 26 times.
The statement and other documents, totaling 418 pages, were approved for publication on Tuesday after the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected Maxwell’s “meritless” arguments on Oct. 19 that her interests outweighed the presumption that the public should see the materials, Reuters reported.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska ordered the release of the documents, including two-day transcripts of Maxwell’s 2016 testimony, along with a transcript of an anonymous accuser’s statement.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire. She had previously lived with Epstein for years and was his frequent companion on trips around the world. If convicted, she would face up to 35 years in prison. The trial is scheduled for July 2021.