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Epstein victims’ fund must hand over Maxwell accusers’ claims -judge

NEW YORK, Nov 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. choose on Tuesday dominated that the directors of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims’ compensation fund must present information of claims made by girls who accuse Ghislaine Maxwell of enjoying a job of their having been sexually abused.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected requests by the fund’s directors and by federal prosecutors to quash the subpoena for the information by Maxwell’s attorneys. Nathan will assessment the supplies Maxwell desires to see earlier than deciding which may be turned over.

The subpoena is a part of the protection effort to query the credibility of accusers linking Maxwell to Epstein’s alleged abuses. Maxwell’s attorneys have repeatedly stated the accusers are motivated by monetary incentives to lie or exaggerate.

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Prosecutors have charged Maxwell, 59, with recruiting and grooming 4 underage women for financier Epstein to abuse from 1994 to 2004. Epstein died by suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell whereas awaiting trial on intercourse abuse fees.

Maxwell has pleaded not responsible to intercourse trafficking and different fees. Her trial is scheduled to start on Nov. 29.

Attorneys for the British socialite have stated 4 accusers anticipated to testify towards her have made claims to the fund, which paid out greater than $121 million to about 138 individuals.

The protection sought information from the fund associated to funds to the ladies and statements they made, court docket information present. Prosecutors known as the information irrelevant.

At a Tuesday pre-trial convention, Nathan additionally deferred a ruling on whether or not or to not admit an tackle ebook for Maxwell that prosecutors stated contained contact info for at the least one alleged sufferer.

Maxwell’s attorneys had questioned the tackle ebook’s authenticity.

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Reporting by Karen Freifeld and Luc Cohen; Additional reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Bill Berkrot

Defense lawyer Bobbi Sternheim points toward Ghislaine Maxwell standing beside Jeffrey Pagliuca during a pre-trial hearing on charges of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Defense lawyer Bobbi Sternheim points toward Ghislaine Maxwell standing beside Jeffrey Pagliuca during a pre-trial hearing on charges of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Defense lawyer Bobbi Sternheim points toward Ghislaine Maxwell standing beside Jeffrey Pagliuca during a pre-trial hearing on charges of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

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