Ghislaine Maxwell's 'black book' of contacts will not be released
Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘black book’ of contacts thought to include Prince Andrew will not be released during her sex-trafficking trial
- An extract from the contacts book has been shared with the legal teams and jury
- But it will not be made public, the defense and prosecution teams have agreed
- The book is believed to be a version of Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous directory
Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘little black book’ of contacts will not be made public, the defense and prosecution in her trial have agreed.
Judge Alison Nathan ruled at Manhattan federal court that only small parts of the directory would be released under seal.
It is said to be a version of Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous 97-page book containing the names and addresses of almost 2,000 world leaders, celebrities and businessmen – including Prince Andrew, and former US presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘little black book’ of contacts will not be made public, the defense and prosecution in her trial have agreed (pictured conferring with her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim in court on Thursday)
The book is said to be a version of the infamous 97-page book containing the names and addresses of almost 2,000 world leaders, celebrities and businessmen including Prince Andrew (pictured in Epstein’s book)
The Duke of York and others named in the book have denied any allegation they took part in sexual abuse.
In 2015, pages from Epstein’s book were published by online news website Gawker, but many of the contacts were redacted.
The directory was allegedly taken from Epstein and Maxwell’s Palm Beach villa by former butler Alfredo Rodriguez who made copies of it before attempting to sell it to an undercover FBI agent.
The decision not to include Maxwell’s directory in court was made by both legal teams over the weekend and will be a major boost to the defense.
Just a few pages, labeled ‘exhibit GX52’ were mentioned in the prosecution’s case after the judge had warned against ‘needless’ namedropping.
Only the small extract referred to in court will be released as an exhibit under seal, meaning it is visible only to the defense, prosecution and jury.
Damian Williams, a US attorney to Judge Nathan, said in a letter seen by The Telegraph: ‘It is not being offered for the truth of the matters asserted therein, and you may not consider it for that purpose.
Maxwell is set to come out fighting at her sex trafficking trial this week after the prosecution’s case ended on Friday (pictured with Epstein)
‘Rather, you may consider it only to the extent you believe it is relevant to show a link, if any, between Ms Maxwell and the names and phone numbers listed and how, if at all, the information was organized.’
The defense argued there was no proof the book was one of those that a former Epstein house manager Juan Alessi testified was used to book massages from young girls.
Maxwell is set to come out fighting at her sex trafficking trial this week after the prosecution’s case ended on Friday, helped by a parade of 35 witnesses.
Court papers reveal the British socialite’s defence could outsize the prosecution case, which had 24 witnesses over two weeks.
They included the four women who accused the 59-year-old of abusing them as teenagers or of ‘serving them up’ to her paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Court papers reveal the British socialite’s defence could outsize the prosecution case, which had 24 witnesses over two weeks
Ahead of defence arguments starting on Thursday, Maxwell’s lawyers surprised observers by saying they expected to hear all 35 of the testimonies in just two or three days.
Some of the witnesses are coming from abroad and three may not be willing to testify unless their identities are kept secret by the New York court.
The fast-paced nature of the defence case – with potentially more than ten witnesses squeezed into each court day – means Maxwell will almost certainly not give evidence.
If she did, she would have to face being cross-examined for days about her life of luxury with financier Epstein.
Maxwell claims she is being made a scapegoat for Jeffrey Epstein, the late pedophile financier who she worked for for years. Epstein killed himself in 2019
Instead, the jury is likely to hear from Maxwell’s acquaintances and potentially family.
Her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said in a letter to Judge Alison Nathan: ‘Three of the defence witnesses have requested to testify under their first names or under a pseudonym.
‘The court’s ruling on this issue may impact the willingness of these witnesses to testify, thereby compromising Ms Maxwell’s right to present her defence.
‘We are still trying to make travel arrangements for defence witnesses, many of whom are coming from locations out of the district and abroad.’
The names of the defence witnesses have not been released to the public.
The prosecution rested its case on Friday, having accused Maxwell of being a dangerous sexual predator.
She denies procuring schoolgirls to be abused by Epstein and herself. The alleged offences took place at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, dubbed the ‘house of sin’, and at other properties.
Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial took the stand on Friday. Farmer, who is the only accuser in the case to testify under her real name, described meeting the late pedophile in New York in 1996 when she was 16. She told how Epstein brought her to his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she met Maxwell
Her lawyer Miss Sternheim has told the jury that women have been taking the blame for the sins of men ‘since the age of Adam and Eve’. Maxwell denies six counts of sex trafficking children.
Her brother Ian Maxwell said at the weekend that she believes Epstein, who died in 2019 in his Manhattan prison cell while awaiting trial, was probably murdered.
He also said that his sister suspected that their late father, the billionaire publisher Robert Maxwell, was killed at sea. His body was recovered off the Canary Islands in 1991.
But Mr Maxwell told the Americano podcast: ‘I don’t buy a lot of the conspiracy theories at all.’
Chief medical examiner Dr Barbara Sampson ruled that the cause of Epstein’s death was suicide. He was 66.
The six charges against Maxwell:
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
Sex Trafficking Conspiracy
Sex Trafficking of a Minor
Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial.
The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
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