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What to know about list of unsealed names in Jeffrey Epstein case?

A federal judge unsealed hundreds of pages of court documents on Wednesday night from a lawsuit related to deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The big picture: Those documents include dozens of names deriving from a civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, who was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison on sex trafficking and other charges for helping Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.

State of play: U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska last month ordered most of the material within 187 entries listed under the pseudonym “J. Doe” be released after Jan. 1. in regard to the suit, pending any appeal from those named in it.

  • In part of that lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre accused Maxwell of facilitating her sexual abuse. The case was settled in 2017, though the terms were not made public at the time.
  • Known Epstein associates including modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel, who died while on trial for charges he denied connected to the sex trafficking ring, are mentioned in the court filings — which name a number of prominent figures.

Who is named in the documents?

Former President Clinton is mentioned over 50 times, though the filings do not indicate any evidence of illegality on his part, and his representatives said they did not object to the unsealing. In one instance, one of Epstein’s accusers says the financier had remarked that Clinton “likes them young,” referring to girls.

  • In response to Axios’ request for comment, Angel Ureña, a spokesperson for Clinton, pointed to a 2019 statement issued shortly after Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges. Ureña had said Clinton had no knowledge of “the terrible crimes” with which Epstein was charged.
  • Ureña added that Clinton had “not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”

Former President Trump is mentioned in the documents, but no reference is made to any illicit behavior on his part.

  • A witness recalled Epstein saying “we’ll call up Trump” during a stop in Atlantic City.

Prince Andrew is referenced repeatedly in the documents. In one instance, a witness testified that the British prince allegedly “put his hand on my breast.” He has always denied any wrongdoing in regards to his links to Epstein.

  • Giuffre alleged in a separate suit that Epstein arranged for Prince Andrew to sexually abuse and rape her when she was 17. Prince Andrew, the second son of the late Queen Elizabeth II, settled the lawsuit in 2022 but did not admit to wrongdoing in the settlement.

Alan Dershowitz, who helped Epstein get a sweetheart plea deal, is named in the filings more than 130 times.

  • Giuffre in 2022 withdrew a lawsuit alleging she was trafficked by Epstein to Dershowitz, saying she “may have made a mistake” in identifying him. Dershowitz told News Nation Wednesday he welcomed the release of the documents, which he said would show he had “done nothing wrong.”

Michael Jackson: A witness named in the documents said she met the late singer at Epstein’s house in Palm Beach. When asked if she gave him a massage, she said no.

David Copperfield: A witness said she spoke with the magician at a dinner at Epstein’s home. She did not describe any illegal behavior by Copperfield. Representatives for Copperfield did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

Between the lines: Some of the names, a handful of which Preska has ordered remain sealed, include other accusers, witnesses and alleged perpetrators, per ABC.

  • Some of the 187 “J. Doe” entries are tied to the same person. Some include people who are now dead.
  • The court issued an order on Wednesday, before the documents’ unsealing, extending the anonymity of two Does.

Who are Epstein and Maxwell?

  • Epstein was a disgraced financier, millionaire and convicted sex offender.
  • He died inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August 2019. Investigators ruled his death a suicide.

Epstein died while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. He was accused of sex trafficking female minors, witness tampering and paying underage girls to engage in sexual acts.

  • In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida state court as part of a controversial deal that granted him immunity from federal prosecution.

Maxwell, once a British socialite and daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, was a close associate of Epstein.

  • The 62-year-old is serving her sentence at a Florida federal prison after being found guilty in late 2021 of five counts, including sex trafficking of minors, and recruiting and grooming teenagers for Epstein from 1999-007.

Source: Axios

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