#Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers try to block ‘highly confidential’ evidence from trial

#Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers try to block ‘highly confidential’ evidence from trial

July 27, 2020 | 12:41pm | Updated July 27, 2020 | 12:56pm

Defense attorneys for alleged Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell want to hide from the public sensitive evidence ahead of her trial — including any nude photos and sexualized videos that will be marked “highly confidential,” according to court documents.

In a proposed protective order filed Monday, Maxwell’s attorneys detailed the discovery materials they believe should be kept out of public view and filed under seal in the Manhattan federal court case.

This included the “highly confidential” information, which they said should not be “disseminated, transmitted, or otherwise copied.”

“Highly Confidential Information contains nude, partially-nude, or otherwise sexualized images, videos, or other depictions of individuals,” the court papers state.

Maxwell’s attorneys and prosecutors had been working together to determine what discovery materials should be made public — and only disagreed on two details, according to the filing.

One point they couldn’t agree on is whether Maxwell’s defense attorneys should be allowed to disclose the identities of victims mentioned in the discovery material who have already spoken on the record or to the media.

“The government’s proposed restriction is therefore ‘broader than necessary’ to protect the privacy interests of these individuals who have already chosen to self-identify, and will hinder the defense’s ability to conduct further factual investigation, prepare witnesses for trial, and advocate on Ms. Maxwell’s behalf,” her attorneys wrote.

The judge will need to approve which documents are kept from public eyes.

Maxwell was arrested earlier this month on a on a six-count indictment for allegedly procuring girls for Epstein to abuse and then lying about it under oath.

She’d been hiding out in a sprawling New Hampshire mansion for a year after Epstein killed himself in a Lower Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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