Ghislaine Maxwell’s claim that “critical new information” could impact her criminal and civil court cases is simply a stall tactic that should not delay the unsealing of secret court documents, one of her alleged victims argued in a letter filed Tuesday.
Virginia Giuffre, who is suing the alleged madam for defamation in Manhattan federal court, said Maxwell’s claim “illustrates her disregard for the Court’s time, as well as her willingness to engage in dilatory conduct to thwart the unsealing process,” according to the court papers.
Maxwell’s attorney claimed in a filing on Monday night that they discovered “critical new information” last Friday that will impact the defamation case and her criminal charges for allegedly procuring girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse and lying about it under oath.
In light of the new information, Maxwell’s attorney requested documents in the defamation case that are scheduled to be unsealed remain hidden for an additional three weeks, so her legal team can discuss with federal prosecutors how the information can be used in the suit.
Giuffre’s attorney said the claim lacked a “coherent explanation” as to why the documents should remain sealed.
“Any renewed request for a stay should be accompanied by a coherent explanation of how any ‘new information’ she received via discovery in her criminal action justifies interfering with the unsealing process that the Second Circuit ordered over a year ago,” Attorney Sigrid McCawley wrote.
“The Court should proceed with the unsealing process,” she added.
Maxwell was arrested last month and has been held in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center pending her trial on a six-count indictment accusing her of procuring girls for Epstein to abuse and lying about it under oath.
She’s pleaded not guilty and maintains her innocence.
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