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Maxwell prosecutors ask judge to put Jane Doe lawsuit on hold

By: Bloomberg |

September 12, 2020 8:10:46 am





Ghislaine Maxwell (Photographer: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images North America)

Prosecutors pursuing sex-trafficking costs in opposition to Ghislaine Maxwell requested a Manhattan federal judge to put a lawsuit in opposition to the British socialite on hold, saying it might “severely impair” their prison case. Allowing the Jane Doe lawsuit filed earlier this 12 months in opposition to Maxwell and the property of her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein, to proceed might imply proof and witness testimony would possibly change into public earlier than the prison trial, prosecutors mentioned in a Sept. 9 letter to the judge. Witnesses may be questioned about their cooperation with the federal investigation and face potential harassment, the federal government mentioned.

Arrested in July, Maxwell is being held with out bail in a Brooklyn jail as she awaits trial on costs that she recruited underage ladies to be sexually abused by Epstein. He was charged individually final 12 months with sex-trafficking of underage ladies however was discovered useless in his jail cell final August of what authorities later dominated a suicide.

Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not responsible to the fees.

The plaintiff within the lawsuit prosecutors are asking to put on hold alleges that she met Maxwell and Epstein in 1994 when she was a 13-year-old attending a Michigan summer time camp. The girl, now 40, claims the couple later groomed her and subjected her to years of sexual abuse whereas she was nonetheless a minor.

Multiple fits have been filed in opposition to Epstein and Maxwell, however prosecutors mentioned that is the one one which hasn’t been both put on hold or resolved.

‘A Preview’ Pointing out that at the very least two of Maxwell’s prison protection legal professionals are additionally defending her within the civil fits, prosecutors mentioned permitting the Doe case to transfer ahead might “enable Maxwell to seek a preview of trial testimony in the criminal case” and “may thereby expose facts about the investigation that would otherwise not be disclosed far in advance of a criminal trial.”

Laura Menninger and Jeff Pagliuca, legal professionals for Maxwell in each the civil and prison circumstances, didn’t instantly return emails looking for remark concerning the authorities’s request.

Maxwell has appealed rulings by federal judges directing that her sealed sworn testimony in an earlier lawsuit be launched and regarding the dealing with of proof within the prison case. A listening to was initially scheduled for Sept. 22, however the federal appeals courtroom in Manhattan on Friday postponed it till additional discover.

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