Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffery Epstein’s reclusive girlfriend and confidant, reportedly received a request Friday to delay her questioning in a civil suit alleging she dedicated sexual battery in opposition to a teen lady.
Maxwell’s whereabouts have been unknown for months, however her attorneys had requested for the postponement pending the end result of the continuing legal investigation into Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators and the Epstein property’s creation of a sufferer compensation’s fund, ABC Information reported.
“I’m allowing her not to answer [written questions] and to not have her deposition,” Justice of the Peace Decide Debra Freeman mentioned in her ruling, the outlet reported.
“Not without end, however a minimum of lengthy sufficient to tell us whether or not the claims course of is prone to go ahead.”
Whereas Maxwell faces a litany of lawsuits, Friday’s ruling issues a declare in opposition to her and the Epstein property filed final yr by Annie Farmer.
Farmer in her suit mentioned Maxwell was actively concerned in her sexual abuse.
She mentioned she was molested by Epstein at a New York movie show when she was 16 years outdated, with the abuse persevering with when the millionaire hedge fund supervisor and Maxwell flew her to his New Mexico ranch.
“That journey to the flicks was adopted by Maxwell giving Annie a therapeutic massage, and groping her nude breasts whereas Epstein watched,” the papers allege.
Maxwell has insisted she hasn’t finished something incorrect.
The delay’s approval annoyed Farmer’s authorized crew, ABC reported.
“We’ve no indication of any timeframe with respect to … how lengthy that investigation might go on,” mentioned Sigrid McCawley, the lawyer for Farmer. “And to not be capable to get discovery and ask Miss Maxwell questions … that places us in handcuffs with respect to with the ability to set up our claims.”
Freeman requested for an replace subsequent month on the standing of each the compensation fund and the investigation, assuring she had “no want to have this drag out,” the outlet reported.