Ghislaine Maxwell’s claim that she has “critical new information” related to her cases in Manhattan federal court was not enough to keep sealed secret files from the defamation case against her, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The material is under protective order in Maxwell’s criminal case and, for the time being, can’t be disclosed in Virginia Giuffre’s civil defamation case against the alleged madam, Judge Loretta Preska wrote in her order Wednesday.
Because of the protective order, Preska wrote she has no “reasonable basis” to grant Maxwell’s request of postponing for three weeks the unsealing of documents in the defamation case against her.
If the protective order is lifted, Maxwell can again request a stay in the unsealing process, according to the order.
Maxwell’s attorneys said they discovered the “critical new information” last Friday and requested the unsealing process be postponed so they can discuss with federal prosecutors in her criminal case how the new information can be used in the defamation case.
Giuffre’s attorney argued the claim of new information was a stall tactic that “illustrates her disregard for the Court’s time, as well as her willingness to engage in dilatory conduct to thwart the unsealing process.”
Maxwell was arrested last month and was remanded into custody pending her trial on a six-count indictment accusing her of procuring girls for multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse and lying about it under oath.
She’s pleaded not guilty and maintains her innocence.
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