Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell stated that she had never witnessed “inappropriate underage activities” between Epstein and minors, according to transcripts of a 2016 deposition.
While prosecutors allege Maxwell perjured herself in her testimony, hopes that the previously sealed transcripts would incriminate politicians and other powerful individuals were dashed with the release of the documents.
The deposition includes several pages of questions in regards to men within Epstein’s social circle and whether they were introduced to underage girls, all victims names have been redacted. Maxwell repeatedly denied numerous allegations and insisted that she never saw Epstein having sex with minors.
“Have you ever observed Mr. Epstein having a massage given by an individual, a female, who was under the age of 18?” Maxwell was questioned in the deposition.
“No,” Maxwell responded.
“I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever,” she added. When asked if Maxwell was aware of any non-consensual sexual acts between Epstein and masseuses, she responded: "All the time that I have been in the house I have never seen, heard, nor witnessed, nor have [had] reported to me that any activities took place, that people were in distress, either reported to me by the staff or anyone else." She further stated that she had never hired anyone under the age of 18 to work in Epstein's properties and never participated in sexual activities with them.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued that releasing the documents would infringe on her constitutional right against self-incrimination and could disrupt her right to a fair trial next year. Maxwell believed that the deposition would remain confidential.
The deposition took place on April 22, 2016, and it is expected that prosecutors will look to present the testimony to jurors in Maxwells criminal trial in 2021. Prosecutors allege that Maxwell lied nine times in the deposition in which she denied being aware of Epstein’s activities, including his recruitment and interactions with underage girls at his properties.
Maxwell is currently being held in Brooklyn, New York, where she awaits her trial next year on charges of trafficking girls as young as 14 for her former boyfriend to abuse.