According to court documents obtained by Radar, Maxwell’s lawyers say prior to the indictment being filed, prosecutors met with lawyers representing numerous civil litigants who were suing Epstein.
She said, “In February 2016 (and likely at least one other time in the weeks and months that followed), lawyers representing numerous civil litigants, including then-Plaintiff Virginia Giuffre, met with the government to foment an indictment of Ms. Maxwell.”
In documents, “These lawyers and their clients sought a tactical advantage in their civil litigations, worth millions of dollars.”
Maxwell accuses prosecutors of misleading a judge about their communications between the government and the civil lawyers.
The court documents read, “What contacts had there been between the government and the plaintiffs’ lawyers? The honest answer to the question would have disclosed at least one lengthy meeting and numerous follow up communications between the government and the lawyers, a disclosure that would have led Judge McMahon to deny the ex parte subpoena request. But the government did not give an honest answer. The government instead denied any contacts or communication between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the plaintiffs’ lawyers.”
Maxwell says the government obtained evidence by having a judge allow them to throw out a protective order in a civil lawsuit. She says this was done illegally and allowed prosecutors to obtain information they would not have otherwise obtained. A judge has yet to address Maxwell’s claims.
In July 2020, prosecutors arrested Maxwell on charges related to transporting a minor for the purposes of criminal sexual activity and conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in sexual activities.
Maxwell is accused of helping find young women for her former boss Epstein. Prosecutors say Maxwell lied to them under oath during questioning.
At the time, Audrey Strauss, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, said, "Maxwell was among Epstein's closest associates and helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14 years old.”
Earlier this year, a second indictment was filed against Maxwell with two additional sex trafficking charges. The new charges were added after an alleged victim came forward to talk to prosecutors. The victim claimed Maxwell paid her to provide Epstein for sexual services to the now-deceased businessman when she was only 14 years old.
Maxwell is still fighting to be released on bond. She currently sits in solitary confinement in a New York jail cell.