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Jeffrey Epstein Lawsuit Documents Released; High-Profile Figures Mentioned

Hundreds of pages of previously sealed documents related to the lawsuit involving accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein have been released to the public. This marks the initial set of documents to be unsealed following a December 18 court order, with more expected in the near future.

Document Overview

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These documents encompass nearly 200 names, including Epstein’s accusers, influential business figures, politicians, and potentially more. Although the initial batch did not contain major revelations, they offer insights into the case via material formally filed with the court.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Defense

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Attorneys representing Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s associate, reiterated her consistent claim of innocence in response to the released documents.

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Depositions Included

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The documents feature excerpts from depositions of Ghislaine Maxwell and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, as well as a deposition by Johanna Sjoberg, who described an incident involving Prince Andrew.

Prince Andrew’s Settlement

Prince Andrew of Britain is pictured during the opening ceremony of a factory of Shanghai Abucas Lighting Ltd. in Shanghai, China, 25 October 2011 — Photo by ChinaImages

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre had previously reached an out-of-court settlement in Giuffre’s sexual abuse lawsuit against him, as confirmed by her attorneys. Prince Andrew maintains his denial of the allegations.

References to Prominent Figures

Reading, PA – October 28, 2016: Former US President Clinton stirs up the crowd at a Democrat rally for his wife Hillary at Albright College. — Photo by georgesheldon

The deposition transcripts make references to several well-known individuals, including Prince Andrew and former US President Bill Clinton. Johanna Sjoberg recalled an instance when Epstein mentioned Bill Clinton’s affinity for young girls.

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Bill Clinton’s Statement

Credit: Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his jail cell after being charged with sex trafficking © New York State Sex Offender Registry/AP

A spokesman for Bill Clinton reiterated a 2019 denial, confirming that Clinton had flown on Epstein’s private plane but remained unaware of Epstein’s crimes. Clinton has not faced any accusations or allegations related to Epstein’s activities.

Sjoberg’s Deposition

Johanna Sjoberg’s deposition also recounted an incident where Epstein suggested contacting Donald Trump when their plane needed to land in Atlantic City. Trump is not implicated in any wrongdoing based on the documents.

Additional Accusations

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Virginia Giuffre alleged in her deposition that Maxwell instructed her to have sexual encounters with various individuals, including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Prince Andrew, tech expert Marvin Minsky, French modeling scout Jean-Luc Brunel, and American investor Glenn Dubin.

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Dubin’s Response

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Glenn Dubin, when previously faced with allegations from Giuffre, vehemently denied them in a 2019 statement.

Unidentified Individuals

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Within the same deposition, three unnamed individuals remain undisclosed. Giuffre alleges having been directed by Maxwell to engage with an “unnamed prince,” the “owner of a large hotel chain,” and a completely redacted name.

Legal Motions Included

The unsealed documents also encompass legal motions submitted by the attorneys involved in the case.

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Background on the Case

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The documents originate from a settled case initiated by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman who claimed she was sexually abused by Epstein as a minor and that Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, played a role in facilitating the abuse.

Protection of Victims’ Identities

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Certain victims’ names remain redacted to safeguard their privacy due to the sensitive nature of the crimes, according to court filings.

Epstein’s Charges and Death

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In 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was indicted on federal charges of running a sex trafficking ring involving numerous underage girls. He died by suicide while in custody awaiting trial. Maxwell was indicted on sex trafficking charges in New York and convicted in 2021.

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