Maxwell Lawyers Look to Keep Nude Pics & Sex Videos from Going Public

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Photo Credit: (AP/John Minchillo)
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By: Blaine Prescott

Defense attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell are trying to hide overly explicit evidence from being made public ahead of her trial.  On Monday, Maxwell’s attorneys filed a proposed protective order, detailing the discovery materials they feel should be kept out of public view, and filed under seal in the Manhattan federal court case.  The “highly confidential” evidence includes any nude photos and sexualized videos, as per court documents.  The lawyers requested that those particular pieces of evidence should not be “disseminated, transmitted, or otherwise copied.”

“Highly Confidential Information contains nude, partially-nude, or otherwise sexualized images, videos, or other depictions of individuals,” the court papers state.  The judge will have the final decision to approve which documents will be withheld from the eyes of the public.

As reported by the NY Post, Maxwell’s attorneys were working together with the prosecutors to agree which discovery materials should be made public and which to keep under lock and key.  The only points they did not agree on is whether Maxwell’s defense attorneys should be permitted to disclose the identities of victims revealed in the discovery material who have already spoken on the record.  “The government’s proposed restriction is therefore ‘broader than necessary’ to protect the privacy interests of these individuals who have already chosen to self-identify, and will hinder the defense’s ability to conduct further factual investigation, prepare witnesses for trial, and advocate on Ms. Maxwell’s behalf,” Maxwell’s attorneys wrote.

Maxwell, the 58-year-old British socialite, has been accused of working with Jeffrey Epstein to acquire and groom girls.  On July 2nd, Maxwell was arrested on a on a six-count indictment for allegedly procuring underage girls for Epstein to abuse, and for then lying about it under oath during a 2016 deposition.  The indictment includes: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.  The FBI had launched an investigation late last year probing Maxwell’s involvement.  She had been doing her best to stay under the radar, hiding out in a large New Hampshire mansion, after Epstein’s death.  She is now being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center, located on Park Row behind the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse at Foley Square.

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