Late Thursday night, more than 2,000 pages of court documents, including depositions from a 2015 defamation case filed against Ghislaine Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, were released.
Giuffre alleged that she had been sexually abused by Epstein and that Maxwell and Epstein had “pressured her into having sex with numerous rich or notable men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, U.S. politicians, wealthy entrepreneurs, a famous scientist and fashion designer.” Maxwell has denied the claims and says Giuffre is lying.
While many of these documents have been publicly available before, they seem to contain new points of relevance to Ghislaine Maxwell’s current sex trafficking case. Maxwell faces federal charges of recruiting at least 3 minors for sex trafficking in the 1990s.
Bill Clinton Was on “Pedophile Island”
In Guiffre’s deposition to her lawyer Jack Scarola during the 2015 defamation case, she names former President Bill Clinton as a visitor to Little Saint James island, accompanied by Maxwell, an unknown person named Emmy, and “two young girls.”
According to the documents, Giuffre asked Jeffrey Epstein why Bill Clinton was on the island. She describes his response: “I remember asking Jeffrey 'What’s Bill Clinton doing here?' kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor.’ He never told me what favors they were. I never knew. I didn’t know if he was serious. It was just a joke.”
While Clinton has denied any knowledge of Epstein’s illegal actions, the paper trail is suspicious. Newsweek reports that, according to the now-defunct website Gawker, Clinton was listed as a passenger on the flight logbooks for at least 11 flights on the Lolita Express, in each instance traveling with Maxwell and Epstein’s former assistant Sarah Kellen.
Other names of visitors to Epstein’s private island include Al and Tipper Gore, Naomi Campbell, and Heidi Klum.
2015 Email Exchange between Epstein and Maxwell
Maxwell’s attorneys for her current case asserted that “she hadn't had any contact with Epstein for more than a decade, and is the target of overzealous prosecutors.”
But these newly unsealed documents contain an email exchange between Epstein and Maxwell in 2015. One January 2015 email seems to be a drafted public statement, written by Epstein, for Maxwell to use regarding their relationship. This came shortly after Giuffre first reported her story to a British newspaper.
The second email (which is full of typos) seems to be telling Maxwell to pull it together because she has done “nothing wrong” so “start acting like it.”
The FBI Knew but Did Nothing
Another revelation from these documents is that the FBI knew about Prince Andrew, Giuffre, and Maxwell — because they’ve had a copy of the infamous photo of the three of them since 2011.
Giuffre has claimed that Prince Andrew is one of the men she was forced to have sex with. Prince Andrew has denied the allegation.
If you want to read the court documents for yourself, you can find them here.