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Legal bid: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sought gagging order last week. Photo: Getty

Legal bid: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sought gagging order last week. Photo: Getty

Legal bid: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sought gagging order last week. Photo: Getty

Ghislaine Maxwell is trying to prevent naked photographs and "sexualised video" evidence from being unsealed ahead of her trial, according to a court appeal filed yesterday.

Ms Maxwell's attorneys detailed the "highly confidential" material in a proposed protective order filed at a Manhattan court, which, they argue, should be kept out of public view.

"Highly confidential information contains nude, partially nude, or otherwise sexualised images, videos, or other depictions of individuals," they said, which Ms Maxwell did not wish to be "disseminated, transmitted, or otherwise copied".

The British socialite (58) is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Centre in New York while awaiting trial for grooming under-age girls for sexual abuse by late paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

It is thought the sensitive material relates to Ms Maxwell, but it is not known who else might feature. When the FBI raided Epstein's Manhattan mansion last year, investigators found a stash of nude photographs of under-age girls. A black book of clients was also discovered, containing the names of a number of high-profile figures.

Prosecutors at the Southern District of New York responded that they had been in discussion over what materials should be made public and only disagreed on two details. "The government had understood those discussions to be ongoing," they wrote.

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Prosecutors and Ms Maxwell's legal teams asked Judge Alison Nathan to resolve two disputes about the evidence. Ms Maxwell's attorneys wanted any witnesses, including alleged victims, not to be allowed to use evidence for any purpose beyond preparing for her trial.

"There is a substantial concern that these individuals will seek to use discovery materials to support their civil cases and future [..] statements," her team said in the filing.

She is also facing a civil lawsuit brought by one of Epstein's victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17. The prince has denied all accusations.

In that case, a judge ruled that 80 documents should be unsealed this week.

The heiress unsuccessfully sought a gagging order last week, restricting the prosecution, investigators and victims' attorneys from talking about the charges against her. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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