By: Elissar Zabaneh
Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused female minors and joined her boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein in directing Virginia Roberts Giuffre to be sexually abused by others. In the documents, Giuffre claims Maxwell "trained me as a sex slave".
The documents were part of now-settled civil litigation against the British socialite and included claims about her alleged involvement in the sex-trafficking scheme of Epstein, her longtime confidant and convicted sex offender.
The documents stem from a 2015 civil action brought against Maxwell by Giuffre, who has claimed Maxwell lured her into Epstein's orbit as a teenager under the guise of offering work as a masseuse.
Virginia Giuffre, who is among Epstein's many accusers, sued Maxwell in 2015 alleging she defamed her by claiming she was a liar in her accusations against Maxwell and Epstein. Giuffre had accused Maxwell of recruiting her to work as Epstein's masseuse at the age of 15, while she was a locker-room attendant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida.
The documents contain denials that Trump and some other world leaders were involved in inappropriate behaviour. In a 2016 deposition, Giuffre said that Trump "didn't partake in any sex with us…and never flirted with me."
In the wake of Epstein's arrest, Trump told reporters he "knew Epstein, like everybody in Palm Beach knew him," and added: "I had a falling out with him. I haven't spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you."
She said the couple subsequently pressured her into having sex with numerous rich or notable men, including Prince Andrew, US politicians, wealthy entrepreneurs, a famous scientist, and a fashion designer.
Maxwell and all of the accused men have denied those allegations.
The files include personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell, as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer.
Shortly after saying Epstein's US Virgin Islands estate was "a place where orgies were a constant thing that took place", Giuffre said she "had to" perform oral sex on Maxwell, in Epstein's presence by the pool.
When asked whom Maxwell directed her to have sex with, Giuffre said: "I'm going to continue to tell you that they both directed me to do it. It was part of my training. They both told me: 'You've got tickets to go here. This is who you're meeting, and this is what you're doing.'
"I'm trying to tell you that they both did, Ghislaine and Jeffrey both directed me. They both paid me and they both directed me," Giuffre said when pressed.
"You have to understand that Jeffrey and Ghislaine are joined hip by [the] hip, OK? So they both trafficked me. Ghislaine brought me in for the purpose of being trafficked. Jeffrey was just as a part of it as she was. She was just as a part of it as he was," Giuffre said.
"They trafficked me to many people. And to be honest, there is people I could name, and then there's people that are just a blur. There was so much happening.
"Ghislaine Maxwell brought me into the sex-trafficking industry. She's the one who abused me on a regular basis. She's the one that procured me, told me what to do, trained me as a sex slave, abused me physically, abused me mentally," Giuffre also said.
Court documents filed by Giuffre's lawyers claim a butler "witnessed, firsthand, a 15-year-old Swedish girl crying and shaking because [Maxwell] was attempting to force her to have sex with Epstein and she refused". The girl allegedly said that Maxwell "tried to force her to have sex with Epstein through threats and stealing her passport".
The files included personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell, as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer.
More documents are to be released no longer than August 10, 2020.