Newly unsealed court documents reveal Jeffrey Epstein told Ghislaine Maxwell she had ‘done nothing wrong’ and to ‘start acting like it’ after she was sued by Virginia Roberts in 2015.
Dozens of documents relating to the civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell were publicly released on Thursday, hours after a district judge denied her last ditch attempt to keep them sealed.
Among the trove of court papers was an email exchange between the pair in January 2015, in which Epstein advised her to carry on normally and insisted she had nothing to worry about.
‘You have done nothing wrong and i woudl [sic] urge you to start acting like it,’ the billionaire pedophile wrote.
‘go outside, head high, not as an esacping [sic] convict. go to parties. deal with it’, he added.
The email was in response to a message Maxwell had sent the previous day saying she ‘would appreciate it if shelley would come out and say she was your g’friend.’
‘I think she was from end 99 to 2002,’ she wrote.
Shelley’s identity is unclear, however the time frame mentioned by Maxwell appears to correspond with abuse allegations made by one of Epstein’s accusers.
‘Ok with me,’ Epstein replied.
The email exchange also appears to confirm Maxwell lied in her bid for bail, during which she claimed she hadn’t spoken to Epstein in over a decade.
Days earlier, Epstein had emailed Maxwell what appeared to be a court statement proclaiming her innocence, which read as if it was written by her.
‘Since JE was charged in 2007 for solicitation of a prostitute I have been the target of outright lies, innuendo, slander, defamation and salacious gossip and harrassment; headlines made up of quotes I have never given, statement I have never made,’ it reads.
‘I have never been a party in any criminal action pertaining to JE.’
The statement also claimed Maxwell had been in a ‘very long-term committed relationship to another man’ at the time of Epstein’s conviction.
‘Whilst I remained on friendly terms with him up until his plea, I have had limited contact since,’ it continues.
Also contained within the documents is a deposition that Roberts gave to investigators in which she accused Maxwell of having orgies with 15-year-old girls.
Asked to describe women she personally saw Maxwell have sexual contact with, she responded: ‘There’s so many, I don’t know where you want me to start.’
‘There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads. They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21,’ she added.
Maxwell participated in sex sessions with them by a pool, near the beachfront, in small huts and in Epstein’s cabana, she alleged.
‘One occasion stands out,’ she said. ‘Models were — I think they were models — were flown in. There were orgies held outside by the pool.’
The women – ‘beautiful, tall, some were blonde, some were sandy brown’ – did not speak English, and conversed in a European language that Roberts guessed was Russia or Czech.
Describing the sex session, she added: ‘Ghislaine, myself, Jeffrey, another girl in this blue, outdoor — I don’t know what you want to call it. Cabana, that … just a bed could fit in.’
Roberts also alleges that during the deposition that she was trafficked to Europe to have sex with powerful men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz.
She said Maxwell and Epstein constantly reminded her of how powerful their friends were, so that she wouldn’t betray them.
‘Jeffrey did a lot more of that than she did. But she definitely made it aware that we shouldn’t cross boundaries with them,’ she said.
In yet more testimony, Roberts described her first meeting with Epstein when she was asked to massage him, saying: ‘For the first hour, it was actually a real massage, maybe not an hour, maybe like 40 minutes or something.
‘That’s when he turned over on the other side to expose himself fully.
‘So then Ghislaine told me that she wanted me to undress and began to take off my shirt and skirt, my white uniform from Mar-A-Lago, she also took off her shirt and got undressed, and so I was there with just my undies on, and she was completely bare…
‘During all of this I’m like: “What’s going on, how do I act, what do I say.” I was so afraid of, not afraid or fearful for my life, but unsure of how all this started and wanting to obtain a profession, I was so afraid thinking about upsetting and disappointing them…
‘I was expected to lick [Epstein’s] nipples, instructed on how to do so by [Epstein] and give him oral sex while he wanted to fondle me, and then at the end, I was told by Ghislaine to get on top and straddle Jeffrey sexually…
‘When we were done, we went and had a shower in the room and Jeffrey told me to wash him up and down…’
Also included in the tranche of unsealed documents are allegations that Prince Andrew lobbied the US government on behalf of Epstein to try an get him a sweetheart plea-deal after he was initially charged with sex crimes.
The controversial plea deal saw Epstein jailed for just 18 months on two counts of prostitution, despite facing a 53-page federal indictment.
Lawyers for an anonymous pair of Epstein’s accusers wrote: ‘(They are) seeking documents regarding Epstein’s lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
‘They have alleged these materials are needed to prove their allegations that, after Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement his performance was delayed while he used his significant social and political connections to lobby the justice department to obtain a more favorable plea deal.’
Roberts also speaks about the prince’s involvement in Epstein’s activities.
Asked by her lawyers in 2016 whether Andrew would have ‘relevant information’ in the case, she answered: ‘Yes, he would know a lot of the truth.
‘I don’t know how much he’d be able to help you with, but seeing as he’s in a lot of trouble himself these days I think he might, so I think he might be valuable.’
It comes after U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan had on July 23 ordered the release of large portions of more than 80 documents from a civil lawsuit brought by Roberts, who accused Epstein of having kept her as a ‘sex slave’ with Maxwell’s assistance.
On Thursday, Maxwell filed an emergency motion with the federal appeals court in Manhattan to block the release of two additional documents, including an April 2016 deposition related to her sex life and a deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser.
Lawyers for Maxwell said making her deposition public could make it ‘difficult if not impossible’ to find an impartial jury for her criminal trial.
The two depositions, and materials that quote from or disclose information contained in them, were expected to remain sealed at least until Monday, depending on how the appeals court rules.
Materials covered by Preska’s July 23 order included flight logs from Epstein’s private jets; and police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home, among other documents.
Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.
She was arrested on July 2, and has been housed in a Brooklyn jail after a judge called her a flight risk. Maxwell’s trial is scheduled for next July.
Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan jail, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for abusing women and girls in Manhattan and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He had also pleaded not guilty.