Ghislaine Maxwell asks judge to delay Epstein victim Annie Farmer’s damages case because it could interfere with ongoing criminal case against her
- Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney asked a judge to delay Annie Farmer’s lawsuit
- Farmer, 40, has accused Epstein and Maxwell of sexually assaulting her at age 16
- Lawyer Laura Menninger argued Maxwell’s deposition in the civil case could implicate her in federal prosecutors’ investigation
- The 58-year-old British socialite is accused of facilitating Epstein’s sex trafficking ring
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell has asked a federal judge to delay a lawsuit filed by one of his victims, claiming it could interfere with the ongoing criminal case against her.
Maxwell’s attorney, Laura Menninger last week asked to stay a civil case brought by Annie Farmer, who claims Ghislaine and Epstein sexually abused her at age 16.
The 58-year-old British socialite is also under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York after she was accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, has asked a federal judge to delay Annie Farmer’s (right) lawsuit, claiming the deposition could interfere with the ongoing criminal case against her. Farmer is seeking damages from Epstein and Maxwell’s estate claiming the two sexually abused her when she was 16
In a letter sent to federal judge, Menninger argued Maxwell’s deposition in Farmer’s suit could implicate her in the ongoing criminal case.
‘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 said.
‘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.’
Maxwell is under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York over allegations she helped facilitate Epstein’s sex trafficking ring
Farmer’s lawyer, David Boises responded to the request on Monday calling it ‘meritless’ and ‘another attempt to unjustifiably delay this litigation.’
He also argued Maxwell has not provided enough information on the criminal probe or her relation to it, to ask for delay in her deposition.
‘Maxwell therefore cannot use the existence of a criminal investigation to dodge her discovery obligations in this matter, particularly while at the same time refusing to provide any details or reasons as to why the investigation is a reason to stay the action,’ he wrote.
Farmer, now 40, is suing Epstein and Maxwell claiming they sexually assaulted her at the disgraced financier’s New Mexico ranch, and is seeking damages from their $634million estate.
The lawsuit is just one of several civil cases that have been launched by Epstein’s victims following his death last year.
Maxwell, meanwhile, has managed to lay low and is believed to be in hiding as the FBI’s net closes around Epstein’s circle.
In March, she sued Epstein’s estate claiming she knew nothing about his sex crimes.
Maxwell is seeking compensation for legal fees and security costs incurred by her association with Epstein, who committed suicide in prison last year.