Attorneys representing Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre must destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell after improperly gaining access to documents, court rules
- Senior district judge ruled lawyers had improperly gained access to documents
- Lawyers from Cooper & Kirk were ordered to destroy the evidence
- Former Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz also denied access to the documents
A U.S. district judge has ordered attorneys for Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre to destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell.
Senior U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled Wednesday that the lawyers from Cooper & Kirk had improperly gained access to the documents.
Former Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz, who had been seeking to gain full access to the Maxwell documents, was also denied them.
A U.S. district judge has ordered attorneys for Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured) to destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell
Former Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz, who had been seeking to gain full access to the Maxwell documents, was also denied them
Preska said she was ‘troubled’ to learn during oral arguments last week that Giuffre’s lawyers were given sealed documents against Maxwell.
Giuffre alleges that Maxwell recruited her as the ‘sex slave’ of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and his friends when she was underage.
‘The Court was troubled to learn at the June 23 oral argument that replacement counsel for Ms. Giuffre, Cooper & Kirk, had received from Ms. Giuffre’s former counsel, Boies Schiller Flexner, the Maxwell materials at issue in their entirety,’ Preska said.
‘Asked to explain how those materials came into the firm’s possession, attorneys from Cooper & Kirk explained that they had obtained access to the materials because Ms. Giuffre retained them ‘both to represent her in [Giuffre v. Dershowitz] and to represent her in conjunction with the Boies Schiller firm in the Maxwell case.’
Preska rejected claims by Giuffre’s lawyers that they were entitled to the documents because they’d been hired to represent her in the Maxwell case, the New York Post reported.
The Giuffre v Maxwell protective order has long kept the potentially-explosive Epstein files under wraps.
Preska reasoned that the protective order only provides access to the ‘preparation and trial’ of Giuffre’s settled lawsuit against Maxwell and since that lawsuit is inactive, ‘Cooper & Kirk necessarily cannot play an active role in litigating them.’
The Giuffre v Maxwell protective order has long kept the potentially-explosive Epstein files under wraps (Maxwell and Epstein pictured above)
The judge ordered Cooper & Kirk lawyers to destroy the evidence, along with ‘any material, including work product, derived from’ it.
She directed the lawyers to submit an affidavit afterwards.
Former Epstein attorney Dershowitz, who is counter-suing Giuffre for causing ‘serious harm…to his reputation, his business and his health’, was also refused access to the documents.
The court ruled: ‘Critically, the agreed-upon unsealing procedure can only work as intended if non-parties are willing to participate. Handing over to Mr. Dershowitz all of the materials from Maxwell, which would necessarily include all of the sealed filings that are the subject of the unsealing protocol, would threaten that balance.’
Dershowitz has repeatedly sought full access to the Epstein files.