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Massage testimony Ghislaine Maxwell fought to conceal is unsealed

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Testimony showing Ghislaine Maxwell claiming to have never given a massage to her perverted ex Jeffrey Epstein — or to anyone else — was unsealed in a civil case Thursday, after she lost a legal fight to keep it under wraps.

The excerpt — which is at the heart of a perjury case against the British socialite and alleged madam — was part of a July 2016 deposition Maxwell gave in a civil defamation suit brought against her by Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was recruited by Maxwell to be abused by Epstein and his associates.

“Did you ever give a massage to anyone other than Mr. Epstein at any of Mr. Epstein’s properties?” an attorney for Giuffre asked Maxwell.

“First of all, I never said I gave Mr. Epstein a massage,” Maxwell responded.

“I don’t give massages,” she added.

“Let’s just tie that down. It is your testimony that you’ve never given anybody a massage?” the attorney responded.

“I have not given anyone a massage,” Maxwell said.

Part of the excerpt is included in the Southern District of New York criminal indictment against Maxwell, who faces two perjury charges and four charges related to her allegedly procuring young women for Epstein to abuse.

The feds allege she knowingly lied about the massages.

Maxwell’s attorneys had nevertheless sought to keep the excerpt redacted in the civil case, but Judge Loretta Preska ruled earlier this week that it should be made public because it does not deal with consensual sexual activity between adults.

“It does not relate to private sexual activity of consenting adults, but only to massages,” Preska wrote in her decision. “Any private interest she has in sealing this portion of testimony does not outweigh the presumption of public access that attaches to it.”

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all the counts she is facing. She’s awaiting trial in federal jail in Brooklyn.

Epstein’s victims have accused Maxwell of acting as his recruiter in the 1990s, convincing girls and young women to visit his properties in Florida, the Virgin Islands and New York, where he we would abuse them.

The multi-millionaire pedophile, who killed himself in a lower Manhattan jail cell in 2019, often groomed his victims by asking them to massage him.

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Florida snorkeler finds $1.5 million worth of cocaine

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Florida snorkeler finds $1.5 million worth of cocaine

A snorkeler off the Florida Keys found 25 bricks of cocaine on Wednesday, authorities said.

The drugs were contained inside a floating bale and were valued at over $1.5 million, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The snorkeler alerted authorities to the find.

The snorkeler “noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape & contacted local authorities,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Thomas Martin wrote on Twitter.

Border Patrol agents responded and retrieved the drugs.

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Texas power operators overcharged companies $16 billion

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Texas power operators overcharged companies $16 billion

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas made a massive error that resulted in $16 billion in overcharges last month when millions of residents were left without power after a historic winter storm, according to a watchdog that oversees the power grid operator.

ERCOT set the maximum price of electricity at $9,000 per megawatt-hour, which caused the massive overcharges from 12 a.m. Feb. 18 to 9 a.m. Feb. 19., Bloomberg reported, citing Texas’ independent market monitor Potomac Economics.

The firm sent a letter to regulators recommending the pricing be corrected and that the $16 billion overcharge should be reversed.

The error also led several electric companies such as EDF Renewable Energy and Just Energy to ask the Public Utility Commission to reset the pricing, and others have asked regulators to waive their payments until the issue was resolved.

“If we don’t act to stabilize things, a worst-case scenario is that people will go under,” Carrie Bivens, a vice president at Potomac Economics, told Bloomberg. “It creates a cascading effect.”

More than 4.5 million customers were left without power during the storm, which claimed the lives of dozens of Texans amid record freezing temperatures.

Four ERCOT board members resigned after coming under fire for not living in the state and for their handling of the power outages.

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Tales of Cuomo's toxic work environment go back to AG days

Gov. Cuomo created a toxic work environment that dates back at least to his time as state attorney general — and includes rages that can last for days, former aides and associates said Thursday.

Cuomo once chewed out an aide so harshly that “he made her cry,” a source familiar with the incident recalled. “Young people work for him thinking they will rise up with him. Older people are stuck because they need a job and benefits.’’ 

Back when he was AG from 2007 through 2010, Cuomo viciously teed off on a veteran State Police investigator in his 60s who accidentally mispronounced his name as “Como,” according to a source familiar with that incident. 

“What’s my name?” Cuomo thundered in front of a group of people. “How do you pronounce it? Spell it!”

In addition to berating the cop, Cuomo transferred him out of his security detail.

During his 2018 gubernatorial re-election campaign, an insider recalled, Cuomo apparently became “livid” just because his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, suddenly appeared at the Manhattan’s Columbus Day Parade and shook his hand.

A Cuomo spokesman said the governor “had a great time at the parade.”

“‎Many of us have been here for years and others have left and come back,“ senior adviser Rich Azzopardi said in a statement. “This job isn’t for everyone but we work hard every day to deliver for New Yorkers, and from a $15 minimum wage, to the strongest gun safety laws in the nation to free public college tuition we’ve cut through the red tape and delivered for New York.”

Meanwhile, the recent allegation by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) that Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him isn’t the first time the governor has engaged in that sort of intimidation, according to a source who formerly worked with him.

About five years ago, the source said, he heard Cuomo bellowing into a phone, “I will destroy you!”

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