Judge orders the release of over 150 names of individuals mentioned in Jeffrey Epstein lawsuit documents

The people whose names are to be disclosed, including sex abuse victims, litigation witnesses, Epstein’s employees — and even some people with only a passing connection to the scandal — have until Jan. 1 to appeal the order, signed Monday by Judge Loretta A. Preska.

For several years, Preska has reviewed documents sought by the Miami Herald from a civil case, filed by one of Epstein’s victims, that eventually was settled.

In many instances, she noted that individuals had given media interviews or that their names had previously emerged publicly in various ways, including at a trial two years ago of Epstein’s associate and former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.

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Preska concluded that some portions of the records should remain confidential, including those identifying people who were children when they were sexually abused by Epstein and had tried to maintain their privacy.

The Epstein case has spawned countless conspiracy theories about the possible involvement of rich and powerful people in sex trafficking.

The three criminal cases brought by federal and state authorities, however, have focused on allegations about sexual abuse by Epstein himself and Maxwell.

Epstein took his own life in August 2019 in a federal lockup in Manhattan as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. He was accused of luring numerous underage girls to his homes under the guise of giving him massages, and then sexually abusing them.

Maxwell, 61, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after she was convicted in December 2021 of helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls.

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The people whose names are to be disclosed, including sex abuse victims, litigation witnesses, Epstein’s employees — and even some people with only a passing connection to the scandal — have until Jan. 1 to appeal the order, signed Monday by Judge Loretta A. Preska.

For several years, Preska has reviewed documents sought by the Miami Herald from a civil case, filed by one of Epstein’s victims, that eventually was settled.

In many instances, she noted that individuals had given media interviews or that their names had previously emerged publicly in various ways, including at a trial two years ago of Epstein’s associate and former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.

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Preska concluded that some portions of the records should remain confidential, including those identifying people who were children when they were sexually abused by Epstein and had tried to maintain their privacy.

The Epstein case has spawned countless conspiracy theories about the possible involvement of rich and powerful people in sex trafficking.

The three criminal cases brought by federal and state authorities, however, have focused on allegations about sexual abuse by Epstein himself and Maxwell.

Epstein took his own life in August 2019 in a federal lockup in Manhattan as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. He was accused of luring numerous underage girls to his homes under the guise of giving him massages, and then sexually abusing them.

Maxwell, 61, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after she was convicted in December 2021 of helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls.

Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

In a recent development, Judge Loretta A. Preska has ordered the disclosure of the names of individuals mentioned in the lawsuit documents related to the Jeffrey Epstein case. The order allows the release of names, including those of sex abuse victims, litigation witnesses, Epstein’s employees, and even individuals with a peripheral connection to the scandal. However, individuals have until January 1 to appeal the order.

Judge Preska has been reviewing documents from a civil case filed by one of Epstein’s victims, which eventually reached a settlement. She noted that some individuals had already given media interviews or had their names publicly disclosed in various ways, such as during the trial of Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

While some portions of the records will remain confidential, particularly those identifying individuals who were minors when they were sexually abused by Epstein and wished to protect their privacy, the order aims to increase transparency in the high-profile Epstein case. The case has been a subject of numerous conspiracy theories involving the possible involvement of influential individuals in sex trafficking. However, the criminal cases brought by federal and state authorities have primarily focused on allegations of sexual abuse by Epstein himself and Maxwell.

Jeffrey Epstein, accused of luring underage girls to his homes under the pretense of giving him massages and then sexually abusing them, died by suicide in a federal lockup in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Ghislaine Maxwell, his former girlfriend and associate, was convicted in December 2021 and is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls.

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