NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lady who accused Jeffrey Epstein of protecting her as a intercourse slave mentioned one of many financier’s associates had instructed her to have intercourse with not less than a half-dozen distinguished males, in accordance with a courtroom submitting unsealed on Friday in a civil lawsuit.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein seems in taken for the New York State Division of Legal Justice Companies’ intercourse offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. New York State Division of Legal Justice Companies/Handout by way of REUTERS
The declare by Virginia Giuffre got here in a deposition that was included amongst roughly 2,000 pages of paperwork associated to her defamation lawsuit in opposition to Ghislaine Maxwell, the affiliate whom Giuffre has mentioned helped Epstein procure ladies for intercourse.
Attorneys for Maxwell didn’t reply to a number of cellphone and e-mail requests for remark.
Epstein has pleaded not responsible to expenses of intercourse trafficking involving dozens of underage ladies as younger as 14, from not less than 2002 to 2005. He’s being held in a Manhattan jail.
Attorneys for Epstein didn’t reply to requests for remark outdoors enterprise hours. Maxwell has not been criminally charged.
The Giuffre deposition and the opposite paperwork have been launched after a federal appeals courtroom in Manhattan rejected Maxwell’s bid to maintain them underneath seal.
Giuffre claimed in a Might three, 2016, deposition that Maxwell directed her to have intercourse with individuals together with former New Mexico Governor Invoice Richardson, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel and financier Glenn Dubin.
It was not clear from the deposition transcript included within the courtroom paperwork how outdated Giuffre was on the time of the alleged route. The transcript doesn’t point out whether or not Giuffre really engaged in intercourse with the 4 males.
Not one of the 4 males has been criminally charged in reference to Epstein. Richardson, Mitchell and Dubin, or their respective representatives, all mentioned the varied allegations in opposition to them have been false. A lawyer for Brunel didn’t reply to a cellphone name and e-mail in search of remark.
A spokeswoman for Richardson mentioned the previous governor had by no means met Giuffre. “These allegations and inferences are fully false,” she mentioned. “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s restricted interactions with Mr. Epstein, he by no means noticed him within the presence of younger or underage ladies.”
Mitchell mentioned in an announcement: “The allegation contained within the launched paperwork is fake. I’ve by no means met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.”
A spokeswoman for Dubin mentioned he was “outraged” by the unsealed allegations, which he thought-about “demonstrably false and defamatory,” and mentioned that he had flight data and different proof that “definitively” disproved them.
The title of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was as soon as a buddy of Epstein, seems in a Nov. 14, 2016, deposition of Giuffre, through which she mentioned Trump and Epstein had been good mates.
In response to a query about how she knew whom Trump had intercourse with, Giuffre mentioned she “didn’t bodily see him have intercourse with any of the women.”
The White Home didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Reporting by Sheila Dang, Lawrence Delevingne and Koh Gui Qing in New York; Modifying by Invoice Rigby, Noeleen Walderand Leslie Adler