Jeffrey Epstein case: dozens of court documents made public

About a thousand pages of court documents were made public Wednesday by Manhattan federal justice, revealing the names of victims, relatives and alleged accomplices of Jeffrey Epstein. The businessman, accused of sex crimes, committed suicide in 2019, before being tried.

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Jeffrey Epstein is expected to return to the center of media attention for several days. A New York judge began to reveal, on Wednesday January 3, the names of people – victims, relatives, alleged accomplices – linked to the American businessman, accused of sex crimes but who committed suicide in prison in 2019 before being judged.

These revelations from federal justice in Manhattan, which began with the publication of 40 judicial documents – for a total of a thousand pages – were provided for by an order from New York judge Loretta Preska of December 18 made public the next day .

Among the approximately 150 to 180 identities are former Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and Republican Donald Trump (2017-2021) – but with no mention of any illegal or reprehensible behavior on their part.

This legal act is part of defamation proceedings between Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-mistress and accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, sentenced in 2022 to 20 years in prison, and an American plaintiff against the couple, Virginia Giuffre.

The judge had listed some 180 people – under numbers and the pseudonym “Doe” – ordering that their identity be “completely” made public “14 days” at the latest after December 18 and 19, i.e. January 2 or 3 .

According to the British media Daily News, which revealed the existence of this list, Virginia Giuffre’s defamation complaint against Ghislaine Maxwell dates back to 2016 and was settled the following year. But the Miami Herald newspaper then took civil action to gain access to the file and investigate the Epstein network. The fallen financier was arrested in 2019.

Donald Trump and Bill Clinton cited

To justify the revealing of names – including personalities already cited in the press – justice relies on the fact that certain people are easily identifiable in interviews published in recent years.

In the case of Donald Trump, the New York billionaire is mentioned in the documents as an acquaintance of Jeffrey Esptein, but no mention is made of possible tortious or criminal behavior.

As for Bill Clinton, much closer to the fallen financier and who traveled with him in the 2000s, his name is mentioned dozens of times but, again, without any clear indication of illegal facts.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were a couple in the early 1990s before becoming professional collaborators. The 61-year-old former British, French and American socialite was convicted in December 2021 in New York of sex trafficking of minors on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein and sentenced in June 2022 to 20 years of imprisonment.

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The financier with powerful economic and political networks in the United States and abroad was himself accused of having sexually assaulted and raped young girls but his suicide by hanging in prison in New York in August 2019 had extinguished the action public against him.

In a separate aspect of this international issue, British Prince Andrew, friend of the Maxwell-Epstein pair, sealed an amicable agreement in February 2022 – for $13 million according to the Daily Telegraph – with Virginia Giuffre, 40 years old. , who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2001 when she was 17. The 63-year-old prince, who has fallen from grace, disputes these accusations.

Another close friend of Jeffrey Epstein, the French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, charged with rape of minors, was found hanging dead in prison in Paris in February 2022.

As for international banks which had links with Jeffrey Epstein, the former boss of Barclays James Staley was banned from the banking profession last October and JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank paid respectively 290 million and 75 million dollars in the spring to victims to close their liabilities on their relationships with the financier who died at 66.

With AFP

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