A Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday in an order that a deposition about Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex life will be unsealed “as soon as is practicable” — after an appeals court upheld her earlier ruling to make the material public.
In July, US District Judge Loretta Preska ordered the release of the deposition transcripts and other materials, but Maxwell’s lawyers appealed the ruling to the 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals.
On Monday, a three-judge panel affirmed Preska’s decision paving the way for the unsealing of the seven-hour, 418-page deposition that Maxwell gave in April 2016 in a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit filed against her by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Maxwell allegedly made statements in the interview about “consensual, intimate conduct with other adults,” according to court papers.
In Tuesday’s order, Preska wrote that “to hasten the unsealing process and to avoid any last-minute disputes” the redactions should be “as limited in scope as is workable.”
It isn’t clear exactly when the documents will become publicly available.
Maxwell was arrested in July on a federal indictment charging her with grooming three underage girls to be sexually abused by her and Epstein.
The British socialite also faces two counts of perjury for allegedly lying under oath during the 2016 deposition when she claimed to have no knowledge of Epstein’s exploitation of underage girls.