Published by NATIONALPOST.COM
Summary generated on August 11, 2020
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after last-ditch scrambles by Maxwell to keep potentially embarrassing information, which her lawyer said could make it "Difficult if not impossible" to find an impartial jury, out of the public eye.
Maxwell's appeal will be heard on an expedited basis, with oral argument scheduled for Sept. 22.
Her deposition had been taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who had accused Epstein of having kept her as a "Sex slave" with Maxwell's assistance.
Dozens of other documents from that case were released after the presiding judge concluded that the public had a right to see them.
In seeking to keep Maxwell's deposition sealed, her lawyers said in court papers that she had been promised confidentiality by Giuffre's lawyers and the presiding judge at the time, through an agreed-upon protective order, before answering many personal, sensitive and "Allegedly incriminatory" questions about her dealings with Epstein.
They said further that Maxwell was blindsided when prosecutors quoted from the deposition in her indictment, and accusing Giuffre of leaking the deposition to the government.
Giuffre's lawyers called Maxwell's appeal "Frivolous, and a transparent attempt to further delay the release of documents to which the public has a clear and unequivocal right to access."
The lawyers also called the allegation Giuffre leaked the deposition "Completely and utterly false."
Among the documents released were emails between Epstein and Maxwell dated January 2015, including one where Epstein told Maxwell that she had done "Nothing wrong."
Lawyers for Maxwell said on July 10 in a court filing requesting bail in her criminal case that she had not been in contact with Epstein for "More than a decade."