Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI last month in relation to the ongoing Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse case. Maxwell has pled not guilty and is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Centre, New York.
The Telegraph reports that Maxwell’s legal team has appealed against the ‘unsealing’ of nude photographs and ‘sexualised video’ which was found during an FBI raid at Epstines mansion last year. It is believed that Maxwell features in some of the images but it is unknown if other high-profile figures also feature.
The appeal stated “The highly confidential information contains nude, partially-nude, or otherwise sexualised images, videos, or other depictions of individuals,” which Ms Maxwell does not wish to be “disseminated, transmitted, or otherwise copies”.
The unsealing of court documents brings the evidence into the public domain.
Maxwell’s legal team worry that unsealing and disclosure of the naked images criminal case could ‘prejudice a jury’ ahead of Maxwell’s trial, alleging they could also spoil any pending civil cases.
This unsuccessful gag order is the second attempt by Maxwell to keep details about the case private. However, with the case revolving around the sexual abuse of minors, and involves some very high-profile figures, it is unlikely theatre attempts to keep the case private will Trump the immense public interest elements of this case.