Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has asked for a delay in a lawsuit filed by one of Epstein’s victims because it would interfere with a criminal case against her.
Maxwell, a British socialite, has been accused of helping facilitate Epstein’s sex trafficking crimes.
Her lawyer, Laura Menninger, asked a federal judge to stay Maxwell’s deposition in a case filed by Annie Farmer.
Menninger argued if Maxwell is put under oath and asked about Epstein, it could affect any potential criminal case against Maxwell.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York has publicly and repeatedly announced its ‘ongoing’ criminal investigation into alleged Epstein ‘co-conspirators’ on the same topic as (Farmer) alleges in this case,” Menninger wrote.
She added, “Denial of a stay, particularly a stay of Ms. Maxwell’s deposition, pending outcome of the criminal investigation could impair her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, extend criminal discovery…, expose the defense’s theory to the prosecution in advance of trial, or otherwise prejudice the criminal case.”
Farmer claims that both Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused her at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch and is seeking damages from Maxwell and Epstein’s $634 million estate.