After a lengthy legal battle, hundreds of pages of documents linked to Ghislaine Maxwell's realtionship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein were finally released today.

Lawyers for Maxwell, 58, fought hard to stop the publication of the extensive documents, having called the questioning "extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media".

But on Monday a federal appeal court in the US ruled the 2016 deposition, given by Maxwell in a civil case brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, could be made public.

Maxwell settled the defamation case in 2017 but media organizations applied to have the documents in the case made public and they are being released on a rolling basis.

She is now awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom underage girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sexual acts in the mid-1990s, and not guilty to perjury for having denied involvement in any such scheme when she gave her deposition under oath.

Here are some of the key points to have emerged from the documents.

Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell had fought to prevent the documents being released

1. 'Loyal' Maxwell stayed friends with Epstein after sex conviction 'because it was his hour of need'

When asked why she continued to maintain contact with Epstein after he was convicted of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor in 2008, Maxwell said she thought it was a "nice thing" to do.

She said: "I'm a very loyal person and Jeffrey was very good to me when my father passed away and I believe that you need to be a good friend in people's hour of need and I felt that it was a very thoughtful, nice thing for me to do to help in very limited fashion which was helping if he had any issue with his homes, in terms of the staffing issues.

"It was very, very minor but I felt it was thoughtful in somebody's hour of need."

Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell preparing to board Epstein's private plane

2. Maxwell 'couldn't recall' if Bill Clinton and Epstein were friendly

Maxwell claimed that the allegation former US President Bill Clinton was at Epstein's island at the same as her was a "total fabrication".

But she was quizzed on whether she had flown on one of Epstein's planes with the former US President, to which she responded: "I have flown, yes."

Asked if it would be fair to say Clinton and Epstein were friends, Maxwell responded: "I wouldn't be able to characterize it like that, no."

Asked whether they were acquaintances, she said: "I wouldn't categorize it."

Maxwell with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2005

The questioner pressed her, asking: "He just allowed him to use his plane?"

Maxwell replied: "I couldn't categorize Jeffrey's relationship."

Asked if she saw Clinton and Epstein talking she said "I'm sure they did", but couldn't recollect if they were friendly.

3. She was seemingly shown infamous photo of Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre at her London home

Maxwell was shown a photo taken inside her townhouse - which appears to refer to an image of Andrew with his arm around Ms Giuffre, with Maxwell in the background.

Asked if Epstein had taken it, she said: "You can come up with 50 names, I still do not know who took the picture."

She was asked: "Did you observe (name redacted) go into a room with Virginia alone in your town home?"

Maxwell responded: "I cannot recall."

She said Epstein nor the man thought to be Andrew had ever told her the royal had sex with Ms Giuffre.

The documents suggest Maxwell was shown this photo of Prince Andrew and Ms Giuffre at her London home

4. Maxwell claimed she didn't know if Ms Giuffre ever worked for Epstein

During her interviews, Maxwell questioned whether Ms Giuffre had ever been employed by Epstein.

Ms Giuffre alleges that she was trafficked and made to have sex with friends of the businessman.

Maxwell said: "I don't know that Virginia ever did work for Jeffrey. She testified to her so-called duties, we know she is a serial liar so I can't testify to what she did or didn't do.

"So I object to that characterization of her."

Maxwell herself said she had started working for Epstein in 1992, saying she was paid between $100,000 and $200,000.

In 1998 or 1999 she got her helicopter pilots' licence, she said, and would fly Epstein and his guests.

Maxwell claimed she never forced Virginia Giuffre to have sex with anyone

5. She claimed never to have asked Ms Giuffre to have had sex with anyone

During her recorded interrogation, Maxwell said of Ms Giuffre, who in 2001 was named Virginia Roberts: "Just for the record I have never at any time, at anyplace, in any moment ever asked Virginia Roberts or whatever she is called now to have sex with anybody."

Ms Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the prince at Maxwell's London townhouse in March 2001 - an allegation he denies.

6. Irate Maxwell pounded table in 'inappropriate' manner

The documents reveal that Maxwell became angry when discussing Ms Giuffre's allegations, accusing her and her lawyers of perpetrating "lies" in the press.

She fumed: "Can we agree she was not the age she said and you put that in the press, that is obviously, manifestly, absolutely, totally a lie."

Ms Giuffre’s attorney, Sigrid McCawley, then said: "I am going to put on the record, Ms. Maxwell very inappropriately and very harshly pounded our law firm table in an inappropriate manner.

"I ask she take a deep breath and calm down."

Maxwell became angry during questioning by Ms Giuffre's lawyers, the documents reveal

7. Maxwell was asked whether Epstein had links to CIA or FBI

Ms Guiffre's attorney quizzed Maxwell about claims Epstein had worked with US intelligence services.

She asked: “Do you know if Jeffrey Epstein had any relationship with the U.S. government either working for the CIA or the FBI in his lifetime?”

Maxwell responded: “I have no knowledge of that.”

Ms McCawley continued: “Do you know if Jeffrey Epstein has any friends that are in the CIA or FBI?”

To this, Maxwell replied: “I have no idea."

She was then asked if she was aware Epstein had told people he "worked for the government to recover stolen funds”.

Maxwell said: “I don’t recall conversations about that.”

She added that she had no knowledge of any ties to the Israeli government either.

Ghislaine Maxwell admitted taking intimate photos, but denied they were inappropriate

8. Lawyers quizzed Maxwell about 'basket of sex toys' and Epstein's preference for underage minors

During the interview, Maxwell was asked whether she had schoolgirl or latex sex costumes or a "basket of sex toys" at Epstein's Palm Beach mansion.

Asked what this meant, a lawyer said: "A sex toy meaning a vibrator of some kind, sometimes they are called dildos, of that nature, anything like that?"

Maxwell responded: "I don't recollect anything that would formally be a dildo."

She was also asked if Epstein had a "sexual preference for underage minors", to which she replied: "I cannot tell you what Jeffrey's story is. I'm not able to."

Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein

9. Maxwell claimed there were no underage girls on Epstein's island

Dismissing allegations made by Ms Giuffre, Maxwell claimed that no women under the age of 18 worked on Epstein's island, or were invited unless they were relations or friends of guests.

She said: "There were no girls on the island at all. No girls, no women, other than the staff who work at the house.

"Girls meaning, I assume you are asking underage, but there was nobody female outside of the cooks and the cleaners." 

10. Maxwell admitted taking intimate photos of people in Epstein's circle

The socialite denied having taken inappropriate photos of minors, and said that the images she took were "always by request.

She said: "So it is possible that I took pictures of people that were somehow semi or had some clothing on or no clothes on but at no time were any of these pictures remotely inappropriate.

"They were, you could see them in a mainstream magazine today, there would be no inappropriateness, they would be covered, concealed, you wouldn't see anything at all.

"The types of - first, I took very few and they were always by request, this was a picture you could put on your - gift to your parent or to your grandparents to put on 10 their mantel piece .

"It would be a very benign sort of attractive picture where you wouldn't see anything."

11. She denied gifting Prince Andrew a puppet which he allegedly used to grope two girls

Asked if she had given a man - who appears to be Prince Andrew - a puppet, she responded: "I never gave him a gift of a puppet."

As The Mirror reported in August, Andrew was claimed to have groped two girls with a Spitting Image puppet of himself.

Maxwell said she was not aware of Epstein having giving him such a puppet either.

12. Maxwell refused to answer questions about her sex life with Epstein

In the questioning Maxwell was asked about having three-way sexual massages with Epstein and another third party and also about Epstein's sexual "idiosyncrasies" such as nipple pinching.

Several times Maxwell refuses to answer about "adult consensual sex acts" on the advice of her counsel.

When asked "Does Jeffrey like to have his nipples pinched during sexual encounters?" Maxwell responded: "I'm not talking about any adult sexual things when I was with him."