Ghislaine Maxwell claimed under oath that she has never given Jeffrey Epstein or any other individual a massage in a newly unsealed deposition.
Maxwell, 59, also stated that she has never instructed any other woman how to give a massage in that same deposition from 2016, which ultimately resulted in federal prosecutors hitting her with two counts of perjury for lying under oath.
"A very small part of my job was to find adult professional massage therapists for Jeffrey," Maxwell claims in her deposition. "From time to time I would visit professional spas. I would receive a massage and if it was good I would ask them if they did home visits."
Multiple women, including Virginia Roberts, Chauntae Davies, Jennifer Araoz, and Johanna Sjoberg have said that Maxwell not only gave Epstein massages but also instructed them in how best to please the . The woman also claim that Maxwell did this as a way to facilitate their sexual abuse at the hands of Epstein.
When asked about this instruction and recruiting, Maxwell responds: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” And when asked about the group sex sessions that multiple women have claimed she was a key participant in, Maxwell replies: “I wasn’t aware that he was having sexual activities with anyone when I was with him other than myself."
Those two responses form the basis for both of the perjury counts that Maxwell faces in the Southern District of New York. Those two charges also look harder and harder for her to defend as women continue to come forward with stories that strongly dispute both of her claims.
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Maxwell could have avoided the charges altogether had she not felt the need to run her mouth. "Did you ever give a massage to anyone other than Mr. Epstein at any of Epstein's properties?" asks Boies. "First of all, I never said I gave Mr. Epstein a massage," replies Maxwell. "I don't give massages," she then adds in another response that offers up far more information than the question at hand.
Prosecutors came down hard on that claim in the 18-count indictment that was filed in Maxwel's case this past July. “Maxwell’s presence during minor victims’ interactions with Epstein, including interactions where the minor victim was undressed or that involved sex acts with Epstein, helped put the victims at ease because an adult woman was present,” states the indictment.
“For example, in some instances, Maxwell would massage Epstein in front of a minor victim. In other instances, Maxwell encouraged minor victims to provide massages to Epstein, including sexualized massages during which a minor victim would be fully or partially nude. Many of those massages resulted in Epstein sexually abusing the minor victims.”
Audrey Strauss, who at the time of the Maxwell's indictment has just been appointed to serve as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, shared her belief as to why Epstein's right-hand woman had committed perjury while speaking with the media after her first court appearance. “Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable,” said Strauss.
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