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In Rare Move, Fed Judge Serves Epstein Pal Ghislaine Maxwell with Lawsuit

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Ghislaine Maxwell, an infamous associate of the late Jeffrey Epstein, has, for a long time, eluded all of her acquirers. So long, in fact, that a Manhattan judge has decided to bend over backwards to find her. In a rare, possibly unheard of move, Maxwell has been served via email, according to a federal court filing. Photo Credit: Getty Images

By: Veronica Kordmany

Ghislaine Maxwell, an infamous associate of the late Jeffrey Epstein, has, for a long time, eluded all of her acquirers. So long, in fact, that a Manhattan judge has decided to bend over backwards to find her. In a rare, possibly unheard of move, Maxwell has been served via email, according to a federal court filing.

Federal Judge Debra Freeman was approached by the lawyers of one of Epstein’s accusers, Annie Farmer, after they had exhausted every attempt at serving Maxwell with a complaint, which they had filed in November 2019. In a motion dated January 27, 2020, the lawyers petitioned that they had sufficiently attempted to locate the plaintiff, with no avail.

Annie Farmer allegedly met Maxwell and Epstein when she was 16, through her older sister, Maria, who had been appointed as an art connoisseur for the deceased billionaire. He had allegedly invited her and Ghislaine to his New Mexico ranch, where Maxwell had then begun to sexually assault the younger girl.

Freeman permissed the motion, ordering to be sent, via email, “…a copy of the summons and complaint to Maxwell’s email, as well as to the attorneys representing her in the Giuffre case”, according to The New York Post.

‘The Giuffre Case’ refers to Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 36, who is regarded as one of the most famous and forthright victims of the Jeffrey Epstein child sex trafficking ring. During her time in the ring, Giuffre says she was instructed by Maxwell to cater to the British royal Prince Andrew as well, three separate times, at Maxwell’s London apartment. The Prince is notably one of Epstein’s good friends. Despite his involvement still being unconfirmed, there have been at least five more women coming forward, saying on the record that the prince was present when they were being ‘put to work’ under Epstein’s command. Giuffre was 17 at the time of these events, which transpired in 2001.

“He wasn’t mean or anything,” the now-36-year-old said. “He got up and said thanks and walked out. I sat there in bed and felt ashamed and dirty.”

Maxwell and her lawyers have until March 6 to respond to the email, or else there will be a default judgment placed on her. Annie Farmer’s lawyers are confident she is in hiding, due to the fact that she has been active in the Giuffre case, and is also fighting to release the documents involved in the case.

Currently the British native is wanted for at least one other federal court case, a civil suit, in Manhattan.

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