In a significant development, a New York judge is poised to release the names of nearly 200 individuals connected to the Jeffrey Epstein-Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking conspiracy. The unsealing, expected as early as Tuesday, could expose or confirm the identities of associates of the disgraced financier, who, until now, have been referred to as John and Jane Does in court papers.
The court documents stem from a 2015 defamation claim filed by victim Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell. The case not only produced the names set to be released but also led to a series of civil lawsuits, including Giuffre’s action against Britain’s Prince Andrew. Despite expectations, the release of names from the defamation suit is unlikely to result in criminal charges.
The revelation could be an embarrassment to many high-profile figures associated with Epstein. Names mentioned in the documents include former President Bill Clinton, identified as “Doe 36,” and Prince Andrew, who has faced allegations of sexual assault. The court records may offer a closer look at Epstein and Maxwell’s interactions, particularly after Epstein’s release from detention in Florida.
Epstein’s scheduling diaries, which surfaced during related lawsuits, revealed connections with various individuals, including the director of the CIA, venture capitalists, academics, and notable figures like Bill Gates and Woody Allen. The unsealed documents represent the final round in a series of releases that began in 2018.
While Clinton’s name is expected to be unsealed, there is no indication of evidence of illegal conduct. The court records include efforts by Giuffre’s lawyers in 2016 to subpoena Clinton for deposition testimony about his relationship with Epstein, which were ultimately denied.
The unsealing of these documents could shed light on the extent of Epstein’s network and potentially implicate or expose individuals associated with the disgraced financier. The situation is fluid, and further details may emerge as the documents become public.