Ghislaine Maxwell wins questioning delay in sexual battery suit
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffery Epstein’s reclusive girlfriend and confidant, reportedly won a request Friday to delay her questioning in a civil suit alleging she committed sexual battery against a teen girl.
Maxwell’s whereabouts have been unknown for months, but her lawyers had asked for the postponement pending the outcome of the ongoing criminal investigation into Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators and the Epstein estate’s creation of a victim compensation’s fund, ABC News reported.
“I’m permitting her not to respond to [written questions] and not to have her deposition,” Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman said in her ruling, the outlet reported.
“Not forever, but at least long enough to let us know whether the claims process is likely to go forward.”
While Maxwell faces a litany of lawsuits, Friday’s ruling concerns a claim against her and the Epstein estate filed last year by Annie Farmer.
Farmer in her suit said Maxwell was actively involved in her sexual abuse.
She said she was molested by Epstein at a New York movie theater when she was 16 years old, with the abuse continuing when the millionaire hedge fund manager and Maxwell flew her to his New Mexico ranch.
“That trip to the movies was followed by Maxwell giving Annie a massage, and groping her nude breasts while Epstein watched,” the papers allege.
Maxwell has insisted she hasn’t done anything wrong.
The delay’s approval frustrated Farmer’s legal team, ABC reported.
“We have no indication of any time frame with respect to … how long that investigation could go on,” said Sigrid McCawley, the attorney for Farmer. “And to not be able to get discovery and ask Miss Maxwell questions … that puts us in handcuffs with respect to being able to establish our claims.”
Freeman asked for an update next month on the status of both the compensation fund and the investigation, assuring she had “no desire to have this drag out,” the outlet reported.
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