PRINCE Andrew’s name is missing from heavily redacted court documents outlining Ghislaine Maxwell's sordid sex life.
The explosive documents, which have been released today after she lost a legal battle to keep them under wraps, contained details of the Duke's infamous London trip where it is alleged he had sex with a victim of Jeffery Epstein.
The new trove was part of a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein's trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre, after Maxwell called her a liar.
The defamation civil case was settled in 2017 in Giuffre's favour.
Following Maxwell's arrest in July, there were calls to make public the contents regarding her relationship with the late financier paedophile.
But a section of her court appearance appears to refer to a dinner with Virginia and Epstein where a name is missing.
The passage also contains details of a guest in her London town house.
The name of guest is redacted but it has widely reported that Virginia met Prince Andrew in London.
He was photographed with his arm around Virginia and Maxwell was also in the shot, in the picture taken at the socialite's home in the city.
In the deposition, Maxwell was asked about the visit of a guest whose name was redacted to Epstein's mansion and whether Virginia was there at the time.
On Monday the Manhattan circuit court of appeals rejected an argument by Maxwell, 58, that the files could impede her defence and today the tranche of documents was made public.
The former British socialite has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom underage girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sexual acts in the mid-1990s, and not guilty to perjury for having denied involvement in any such scheme when she gave her deposition under oath.
Lawyers for Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend and longtime associate, had argued making the deposition public could imperil Maxwell's ability to get a fair trial, because jurors might hold its contents against her.
"If the unsealing order goes into effect, it will forever let the cat out of the bag," and "intimate, sensitive, and personal information" about Maxwell might "spread like wildfire across the Internet," her lawyers said in August.
A trial is scheduled for July 2021.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said she was hiding on a property she bought in December in an all-cash transaction with her identity shielded.
She is locked up in a Brooklyn jail after the judge in her criminal case called her an unacceptable flight risk.
Maxwell's deposition and other documents were cleared for release after the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Monday rejected her "meritless" arguments that her interests outweighed the presumption the public should see the materials.
Giuffre, who has been one of Epstein's most visible accusers, and the Miami Herald newspaper, which investigated Epstein's conduct and successful bid in 2007 to avoid federal sex trafficking charges, had sought the unsealing.
Epstein killed himself at age 66 in August 2019 at a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges announced the previous month.
He had previously escaped federal prosecution by pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state prostitution charges, an agreement now widely considered too lenient.
Epstein once counted U.S. President Donald Trump, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew as friends. They have not been accused of criminal wrongdoing.
Giuffre has said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the British prince when she was 17 years old.
In an interview broadcast in December last year, Giuffre told BBC Panorama she had been brought to London in 2001 by Epstein and taken to meet the prince, one of three occasions when she claimed to have sex with Andrew.
Andrew has denied the allegations.
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