In a significant development, a Manhattan federal judge, Loretta Preska, has given the green light to unseal court documents that reveal the names of more than 170 individuals connected to Jeffrey Epstein. The list includes victims, former employees, and other individuals tied to the late financier. The documents are part of a defamation lawsuit filed in 2015 by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged madam.
Previously identified only as “Jane Does” and “John Does” in court filings, the names are set to be fully disclosed following Judge Preska’s recent ruling. The defamation lawsuit, in which Giuffre accused Maxwell of defaming her by claiming she lied about being sex-trafficked as a teen, was settled in 2017 for an undisclosed amount.
Judge Preska has granted a 14-day window for the individuals named in the documents to appeal the decision. Notably, the judge has opted to protect the privacy of those who were minors at the time of the alleged sex abuse and have not spoken publicly about their experiences. Their names will remain undisclosed to prevent the disclosure of sensitive information regarding these alleged minor victims.
While the lawsuit was settled in 2017, details from the court filings have gradually emerged over the years. The unsealing of these documents is expected to shed further light on the extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s network and provide additional insights into the legal proceedings surrounding his associations.
This development marks a significant step in the ongoing efforts to uncover the truth about Epstein’s activities and the people involved, with the court documents poised to reveal a more comprehensive picture of the individuals linked to this high-profile case.