...The documents stem from a 2015 legal complaint launched by an alleged victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against Maxwell, a New York City socialite and former girlfriend of Epstein who has been accused by several women of being complicit in helping to operate Epstein's sex trafficking ring.
...Giuffre's attorneys have fought to unseal the trove of documents initially filed under seal - a level of secrecy the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled was unjustified in a previous decision - which contained undecided motions and associated documents in the case.
...U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska determined in an 11-page ruling Monday that the documents do not fall under the legal definition of "Judicial documents" and therefore are not subject to the presumption of access by the public because the trial court judge did not rule on them before the case was settled.
...Preska previously made public more than 2,000 pages of documents from the lawsuit just one day before Epstein committed suicide in his jail cell at the Manhattan Correctional Facility back in August.
...The avalanche of documents revealed disturbing and graphic allegations against Epstein and his former associates, purporting that Giuffre was internationally trafficked by Maxwell and Epstein and recruited to have sex with prominent American politicians, business executives and world leaders.
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