A cache of sealed documents prepared by Manhattan federal prosecutors in the Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking case is set to be released Friday afternoon, a judge said in court papers.
Judge Alison Nathan ordered prosecutors to publicly file their response to Maxwell’s pre-trial motions — with approved redactions — and corresponding exhibits no later than 3 p.m.
Maxwell’s lawyers and prosecutors had been arguing over what material in the documents should remain confidential — which has kept the documents under seal since they were filed in February.
In her order, Nathan said some of the proposed redactions fought for by the Maxwell team were “unnecessary and overbroad,” as they are already included in public court files.
“The Government is therefore ORDERED to docket its omnibus memorandum of law, along with the corresponding exhibits, by 3:00 p.m. today, consistent with the Court’s orders regarding redactions,” Nathan wrote.
Maxwell is facing trial in Manhattan federal court on a host of sexual misconduct charges, including sex-trafficking counts that were added to her case in a superseding indictment in March.
Federal authorities allege she enticed underage girls to travel and have sex with multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Maxwell, who has maintained her innocence, is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Epstein was found fatally hanged while behind bars in Manhattan in August 2019.