Alleged Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell once claimed that she had no idea he had abused underage girls while she worked for him — and only only found out about the abuse when it hit the press in the early 2000s.
In the newly unsealed testimony from a 2016 deposition, Maxwell told an attorney for Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre that she learned of the abuse claims against him, “like the rest of the world, when it was announced in the papers.”
In the testimony, which was unsealed late Wednesday in the now-settled defamation case, Maxwell repeatedly denied ever recruiting or instructing girls and women to have sex with Epstein.
“I totally resent and find it disgusting that you use the word recruit. I already told you I don’t know what you are saying about that and your implication is repulsive,” Maxwell snapped when asked if she ever recruited women to have sex with Epstein.
Maxwell has been charged by federal authorities in New York for recruiting, grooming and abusing victims who were under 18 with Epstein. She’s pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail pending trial in Manhattan federal court.
In the 2016 testimony, she also spoke about her break-up with Epstein in the early 2000s — claiming he became “difficult to work with.”
“I ceased to be happy in the job and I ceased to be happy spending time with Mr. Epstein,” she said in the testimony.
“He became more difficult to work with,” she added.
Epstein hanged himself inside of a Lower Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges in New York.