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Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a deposition for a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexual abuse.

This information came to light in a recent filing in Manhattan federal court, part of numerous documents unsealed from the 2017 civil defamation case against his associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein’s consistent use of the Fifth Amendment extended to over 600 questions, including some that seemingly posed no risk of self-incrimination.

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Giuffre’s attorneys highlighted Epstein’s broad application of his constitutional right, noting that he even declined to answer basic queries about his known associations, past legal admissions, and health status. This tactic was defended by Epstein’s lawyers, who indicated he would have continued to invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid the “burdens” and “media circus” of a trial appearance.

This comes as the release of more than 180 documents from Giuffre’s lawsuit sheds light on the extensive network around Epstein, including victims, associates, and various high-profile individuals. Individuals directly accused of wrongdoing include Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, Jean-Luc Brunel, Glen Dubin, Stephen Kaufmann, Marvin Minsky, Former Senator George Mitchell, Tom Pritzker, and Former Governor Bill Richardson.


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