Ghislaine Maxwell Seeks Privacy Over Nude Images in Jeffrey Epstein Case

Ghislaine Maxwell wants a judge to ban publication by witnesses of "nude" and "sexualized" images contained in evidence from her Jeffrey Epstein abuse case.

The British socialite is facing trial on child grooming and perjury charges dating back to the 1990s when she was close to the disgraced financier.

However, Epstein's former girlfriend wants alleged victims to be banned from leaking evidence online in order to help their civil cases.

Prosecutors are expected to respond to Maxwell's application today ahead of any decision by the judge in the case.

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A court document quoted in The Times of London reads: "The highlight confidential information contains nude, partially-nude or otherwise sexualized images, videos or other depictions of individuals."

The filing adds that Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty on July 14, does not want the evidence "disseminated, transmitted or otherwise copied."

It is not clear who is pictured nude in the photos. The Times reported the FBI found a stash of nude pictures of underage girls when they raided Epstein's house last year.

Maxwell's lawyers say they fear Epstein's victims will use the material in civil cases or publish it online before her trial in July 2021.

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They cited concern that Maxwell may not be granted a fair trial if the material is leaked.

Ghislaine Maxwell in Tenerife
Ghislaine Maxwell in Tenerife in 2000. She is currently facing a year at the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn, New York, as she awaits trial over Jeffrey Epstein's sex crimes. Matthew Polak/Getty

The Guardian quoted the court filing stating: "There is a substantial concern that these individuals will seek to use discovery materials to support their civil cases and future public statements."

Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend, was arrested in early July at a remote house in New Hampshire where FBI officers say she attempted to flee.

They found a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil, which they claim was an attempt to prevent access by law enforcement.

Last week, the judge ruled evidence from a 2015 libel case brought by victim Virginia Giuffre could be unsealed.

Maxwell had opposed the move as an attempt to "compel Ms Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life," the Guardian reported.

Her lawyers previously described the material as "extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media."

However the newspaper also reported Judge Loretta Preska ruled: "The court finds that the countervailing interests identified fail to rebut the presumption of public access.

"Accordingly, those papers shall be unsealed."

Meanwhile Prince Andrew is locked in a stand off with the U.S. Department of Justice over whether and how he will give evidence.

The Duke of York and Maxwell are longstanding friends and she was a guest at his daughter Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday party in 2006.

He denies any wrongdoing.

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