Another set of court documents has been released, providing further information on sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Within the extensive collection of documents, there are depositions featuring Epstein and his former companion Ghislaine Maxwell.
In the latest revelation, it has come to light that Epstein consistently declined to respond to inquiries from lawyers, even when asked about the potential blackmail of prominent individuals.
The documents have been made public due to a legal case initiated by Virginia Giuffre, a victim of sex trafficking.
The legal matter, initiated in 2015, reached a resolution in 2017. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for her involvement in Epstein’s exploitation of underage girls. She is challenging her conviction.
In the court records, you can find a transcript of Epstein’s 2016 sworn deposition. During the deposition, he consistently exercised his fifth amendment constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.
During the questioning, an attorney representing Ms. Giuffre inquired if Epstein had instructed her to provide a thorough account of her alleged sexual encounters with influential individuals, including Prince Andrew.
The attorney inquired about the purpose behind this, questioning if it was meant to be used as compromising leverage.
Epstein declined to provide any responses, consistently replying with the single word “fifth” on more than 500 occasions.
He declined to comment on whether he was acquainted with Maxwell.
The Duke of York has previously stated to the BBC that he has no recollection of ever encountering Ms Giuffre, who has made allegations of being instructed to engage in sexual activities with him on multiple occasions.
In 2022, an undisclosed sum was paid to settle a sex-assault lawsuit against him, without any admission of wrongdoing or liability.
In her 2016 deposition released on Tuesday, Ms Giuffre revealed that she received a payment of $10,000 to $15,000 (£7,900 to £11,800) for a single sexual encounter with the prince.
During her testimony, she revealed that she had received a payment of $160,000 from a media organisation. This payment was in exchange for two articles and a photo featuring her alongside Prince Andrew.
Ms Giuffre also denied ever being involved in any sex-trafficking activities with high-ranking officials, but she did mention that she was coerced into having a sexual encounter with a prominent political figure.
She declined to reveal the individual, stating: “I can confidently say that discussing this person would not be appropriate, and I have no intention of mentioning their name.”
According to Ms Giuffre, she was also introduced to another individual, who was referred to as a prince, besides Prince Andrew. She claims to have been trafficked to this person in the south of France.
During the interview, Ms. Giuffre occasionally struggled to remember certain details, such as the specific time and location of certain alleged sexual encounters.
She admitted to using Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, along with ecstasy, cannabis, and alcohol.
According to her, there are other men she claims she was compelled to engage in sexual activities with. These individuals include Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Victoria’s Secret boss Les Wexner, billionaire hedge fund investor Glenn Dubin, and former US peace envoy George Mitchell. It is worth noting that all of them have previously denied these allegations.
In 2022, Ms Giuffre decided to withdraw her lawsuit against Mr Dershowitz and publicly acknowledged that she may have made an error in identifying him.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Mr. Wexner directed the BBC to a previous statement from his lawyers where he denied ever meeting Ms. Giuffre.
Last week, a spokesperson for Mr. Dubin made it clear to US media that he vehemently denies the allegations made by Ms. Giuffre.
Mr. Mitchell reiterated his previous denial of the claim on Tuesday.
In a statement to the BBC, he vehemently denied the allegation made in the released documents. I have never had any interaction or communication with Ms. Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre also mentioned being involved with American computer scientist Marvin Minsky and French modelling agent Jean-Luc Brunel.
Minsky passed away in 2016. Brunel tragically took his own life in a Paris jail in 2022 while awaiting serious charges related to rape and sex trafficking.
The recent releases of five batches of long-sealed court files have not provided much new information that wasn’t already known.
In 2008, Epstein admitted to engaging in illegal activities involving a minor. In 2019, he tragically ended his own life while still awaiting trial for charges related to sex trafficking.