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Prosecutors seek secrecy as Jeffrey Epstein probe continues

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 11:04 AM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - An investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of girls and women is still active, leading prosecutors to take steps to prevent lawyers for his incarcerated ex-girlfriend from learning too much about it.

Manhattan prosecutors submitted a letter to a judge late Tuesday to delay giving materials from victims cooperating with the government to lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

The 58-year-old Maxwell has been held without bail since her July arrest in New Hampshire on charges that she recruited teenage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s and sometimes joined the abuse.

Prosecutors want to delay turning materials from some victims over to the defense until eight weeks before a trial set for July.

A message seeking comment was left with lawyers for Maxwell.

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