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Ghislaine Maxwell-Jeffrey Epstein emails revealed in new court papers


Emails between UK socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have been revealed in a trove of unsealed court documents. Epstein tells Ms Maxwell she has done “nothing wrong” in the 2015 exchange, which appears to contradict her earlier claims of not having contacted him. And in a deposition, accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ms Maxwell was as equally involved in sex trafficking as Epstein. Ms Maxwell faces a trial in the case in July 2021 and has pleaded not guilty.  She remains in custody in New York, charged with trafficking minors for Epstein and perjury. She could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted. Epstein died in prison on 10 August 2019 as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was determined to be suicide.  Dozens of papers were ordered to be unsealed late on Thursday by a court in New York. There is a near 350-page paper containing the testimony from 2016 of Virginia Giuffre, who has alleged that she was forced into sex with Epstein and his friends. The deposition comes from her now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against Ms Maxwell.(BBC)…[+]

Ellen DeGeneres apologises to staff over workplace ‘issues’


Several staff will be replaced on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime chat show after an investigation uncovered “deficiencies” in “the show’s day-to-day management”. The inquiry was prompted by a widely-circulated story on Buzzfeed news, in which employees made allegations of racism and intimidation on the show.

The accusers claimed the workplace was toxic and “dominated by fear”. In an email to staff, Ellen apologised and said she was “committed to ensuring this does not happen again”. “We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention,” she added. Production company WarnerMedia said “several staffing changes” would take place as a result of its investigation. (BBC)…[+]