by Louise Boyle, Daily Mail:
- Lawyers for the British socialite revealed the hack while discussing what should remain sealed in the defamation case brought against her by Virginia Guiffre
- In August, 2000 pages of court documents relating to Epstein failed to redact one of Maxwell’s email addresses
- Those documents also accused Maxwell of procuring underage girls for Epstein – an allegation she denies
- The hack means the 58-year-old’s emails could be sold or leaked to the public and potentially reveal more details about individuals connected to Epstein
- It may also have implications for Prince Andrew after it was revealed in December he exchanged emails with Maxwell in 2015 about Giuffre
Ghislaine Maxwell’s personal emails have been hacked, and damaging information, including the names of individuals linked to Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking case, are at risk of being publicly released.
The revelation was made in a letter filed by the British socialite’s lawyers in the defamation case brought against her by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Guiffre, DailyMail.com has learned.
The letter was sent by Maxwell’s attorney, Ty Gee, on December 5 to New York federal court Judge Loretta A. Preska but made public last week. The letter addresses the materials that should remain sealed or redacted in the case.
It notes ‘the difficulty and complexity’ of the process as there are more than 8,600 pages, adding that it is ‘difficult-to-overstate importance to the lives of Ms. Maxwell and the non-parties’.
Gee’s letter says that the project ‘could not be accomplished by scanning or speed-reading’ as each page had to be carefully analysed to redact, for example, ‘a surname or an email address’.
He refers to details that were released in error in the 2,000 pages that were made public in August by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Those filings revealed allegations that Maxwell procured underage girls for Epstein. She has denied those charges.
The revelation that Ghislaine Maxwell’s emails were hacked was made in a letter filed by the British socialite’s lawyers in the defamation case brought against her by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Guiffre (center)
Maxwell, who apparently staged an image of herself after being in hiding had her email address publicly revealed when documents relating to the billionaire pedophile’s case was made public in August
Maxwell, pictured in 1995 with Epstein, was accused of arranging underage girls to have sex with the pedophile – an allegation she denies
‘Despite the Second Circuit’s best efforts, it made serious mistakes. For example, it redacted a non-party’s name in one location but not another; so the media immediately gained access to that name,’ Gee wrote.
‘As another example, it redacted Ms. Maxwell’s email address (which linked to her own domain name) in one location but not another; shortly afterward hackers breached the host computer.’
Jeff Pagliuca, a colleague of Gee also representing Maxwell, did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on whether her emails had been stolen.
The hack may have implications for Prince Andrew after it was revealed in December that the Duke of York exchanged emails with Maxwell in 2015 about Giuffre.
In that email, revealed on Panorama, Maxwell and the British royal discussed Giuffre – despite denials from Prince Andrew that he had never met the then-teenager and that a photo of them together was a fake.
‘Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts,’ Prince Andrew wrote in an email to Maxwell.
She replied: ‘Have some info – call me when you have a moment.’
Giuffre alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times at Epstein’s home. She said the billionaire pedophile trafficked her while she was underage, and abused her over the course of years.
Prince Andrew has denied the claims.
Prince Andrew exchanged emails with Maxwell in 2015 after this image of him with his arm around Virginia Guiffre surfaced. The pair discussed Guiffre – despite denials from Prince Andrew that he had never met the then-teenager and that a photo of them together was a fake
In a disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019, the Duke of York claimed he does not remember meeting Roberts. He said he was at a Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, celebrating his daughter’s birthday on the same night he is accused of going to Tramp nightclub with the then-teenager.
The documents currently being debated by the legal teams are part of Giuffre’s 2015 defamation suit against Maxwell.
Maxwell publicly denounced Giuffre as a liar, leading her to file a civil lawsuit.
The email security breach means that 58-yearold Maxwell’s emails could be sold or leaked to the public and potentially reveal more details about individuals connected to Epstein.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Maxwell used a secret mail server, and not a major service like Google, which can keep emails out of the hands of authorities, but which increased the risk of them being hacked.
Maxwell was Epstein’s connection to high society, introducing him to powerful and wealthy friends in Hollywood, finance and royalty.
Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his New York jail cell on August 10, 2019 while facing charges of child sex trafficking.