Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘black book’ of contacts thought to include Prince Andrew will not be released during her sex-trafficking trial.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s “little black book” containing the names and addresses of nearly 2,000 world leaders, celebrities and alleged victims will remain secret.
Ms Maxwell’s defence attorneys came to an agreement with prosecutors over the weekend not to release the 97-page directory to the public.
The book was filled with contact details of Ms Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s famous friends, including Prince Andrew, and former US presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, and had been mentioned sporadically during her sex-trafficking trial.
Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton and others mentioned in the directory have denied all accusations they were involved in any alleged sexual abuse. Other names mentioned during the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial were Donald Trump, Itzhak Perlman, Chris Tucker, John Glenn, Kevin Spacey.
Several entries were mentioned during the prosecution case and released as an exhibit under seal, meaning only jurors and attorneys could view them.
In a letter obtained by The Telegraph, Damian Williams, a US attorney to Judge Nathan, wrote: “It is not being offered for the truth of the matters asserted therein, and you may not consider it for that purpose.
“Rather, you may consider it only to the extent you believe it is relevant to show a link, if any, between Ms Maxwell and the names and phone numbers listed and how, if at all, the information was organised.”
Judge Alison Nathan ruled at Manhattan federal court that only small parts of the directory would be released under seal.
Ms Maxwell, 59, is charged with six counts of sex trafficking, enticement and abuse of a minor. She has strongly denied all of the charges.
In 2015, pages from Epstein’s book were published by online news website Gawker, but many of the contacts were redacted.
The directory was allegedly taken from Epstein and Maxwell’s Palm Beach villa by former butler Alfredo Rodriguez who made copies of it before attempting to sell it to an undercover FBI agent.
The decision not to include Maxwell’s directory in court was made by both legal teams over the weekend and will be a major boost to the defense.
The Ghislaine Maxwell Trial is set ti resume on Dec 16 during which the defense will present its case. The defense asked for their witnesses to remain anonymous but the request was denied according to the Independent.