Ghislaine Maxwell’s little black book sealed by court

A number of the documents used in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, like Maxwell’s infamous little black book, have been reportedly sealed by the court.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Maxwell's "little black book" was sealed following the trial. It was in fact sealed in early December.

With the verdict of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial coming in on Wednesday evening, a number of the documents used in the case, like Maxwell's infamous little black book, have been reportedly sealed by the court.

Most prominently, the little black book which contained the names and contact details of around 2,000 people will be sealed, with only a limited amount of material being released, according to The Times.

Judge Alison Nathan made the ruling in a Manhattan federal court earlier this month.

"The 97-page book, containing the names and contact details of almost 2,000 people including world leaders, celebrities and businessmen, was published by Gawker, a news website, in 2015, with some redactions. It has long been a topic of fascination for the insight it provided into the social circles in which Maxwell and Epstein moved," according to The Times.

Portions of the book were released by Gawker in 2015, with most contact details being redacted, but names being made public.

These names included some members of the Trump family, comedian Chris Tucker, Peter Soros, the nephew of billionaire donor George Soros, singer Courtney Love, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, a number of people from the Kennedy family, singer Mick Jagger, the Duke and Duchess of York, singer Phil Collins, and more.

The trial also pointed to names like former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and the Victoria's Secret founder Les Wexner as associates.

During the early days of the trial, the little black book was entered into evidence as Government Exhibit 52. Witness Juan Alessi, Epstein's longtime house manager and driver, took to the stand and authenticated the book.

Alessi testified that the book was kept next to a telephone in Epstein's Palm Beach home and under the direction of Maxwell and Epstein and that he used the "little black book" to invite people from the list to come over.

The jury found Maxwell guilty of 5 of 6 counts on Wednesday. She was found guilty on all charges except one charge of enticement.

Maxwell was found guilty on count one, of conspiracy to entice an individual under the age of 17 to travel interstate with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.

Maxwell was found not guilty on count two, enticement of an individual under the age of 17 to travel for the purposes of engaging in illegal sexual activity. She was also found guilty of sex trafficking conspiracy, and sex trafficking of an individual under the age of 18. She could face up to 65 years in prison.


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