The picture you are looking at above was taken from a video of Ghislaine Maxwell delivering a speech about the oceans to the United Nations several years ago. Which may feel like a random choice, until you remember how hard Ghislaine’s lawyers have been working to make sure testimony from a 2015 civil case was never unsealed. That testimony was her Heart of the Ocean necklace, and Ghislaine wanted nothing more than to make like Old Rose and whip it into the ocean, praying that it would be eaten by a whale with a gut full of very strong stomach acid. Well, Ghislaine’s wish came true, for now, and it didn’t require any ocean-dumping.
It was reported last week that New York Senior District Judge Loretta Preska had ordered the unsealing of 80 documents related to a 2015 civil suit involving Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Virginia had accused Ghislaine of defamation, arguing that Ghislaine called Virginia a liar when Virginia claimed she had been sex trafficked. Ghislaine’s testimony happened in April 2016, and Ghislaine reportedly settled with Virginia out of court for millions. Still, there was a bunch of testimony and depositions that were reportedly going to be released for all to see. Ghislaine’s legal team immediately tried to block it and keep Ghislaine’s testimony all sealed up. It was reported that they would be unsealed yesterday. Virginia’s deposition was unsealed (she claimed she had been forced to have sex with Ghislaine, Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, and an unnamed prince). We also learned that Ghislaine had lied when she claimed she hadn’t had contact with Jeffrey for at least 10 years.
But we didn’t get any old 2016-era testimony from Ghislaine. And we won’t for the time being, all due to Ghislaine’s current situation. Bloomberg reports that Ghislaine’s lawyers pushed hard to keep the testimony sealed, arguing that disclosing all that testimony would seriously fuck up her chances of getting a fair trial.
Ghislaine shouldn’t be throwing herself a little celebration party just yet. There’s still a chance her deposition will be unsealed. An appeal hearing has been scheduled for September 22.
Also, last month Donald Trump came out and publicly wished Ghislaine the best, which made a weird, gross situation even weirder and grosser. Trump did an interview with Axios, which aired last night on HBO, and he was asked about his comments regarding Ghislaine, and his explanation for why he decided to “wish her well” got pretty dark. via TMZ:
“Her friend or boyfriend was either killed or [died by] suicide in jail. She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I’d wish you well, I’d wish a lot of people well. Good luck!…Her boyfriend died in jail, and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide, was he killed. And I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking bad for anybody. Her boyfriend died in jail.”
Good luck? That’s not really a hopeful message to send to anyone who is currently residing within the American penal system. “Good luck” is what you tell someone before they eat at Mar-a-Lago.
And all that talk about murder vs suicide doesn’t exactly install any confidence in the person you’re wishing well. Not to mention the conspiracy theories online about who might have killed Jeffrey Epstein (some of which are based very heavily on how close Trump allegedly was to Jeffrey Epstein). Ghislaine should probably get a little worried if Trump pulls out a blindfold the next time he’s on TV. “As I mentioned before, I’m not looking bad for her. I’m very serious about that. See? I’m going to put on this blindfold, therefore preventing me from seeing anything bad happen. Good luck, Ghislaine!”