The details involving the still-secret court filings involving child molester Jeffrey Epstein are few and far between – but according to one lawyer with insider access, hundreds of the world’s most powerful names are going to be released.
A lawyer for the alleged procurer of young women for Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, said that “hundreds of people” could be implicated in an upcoming release of information during a hearing at the Federal District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Maxwell’s lawyer said at the hearing that “literally hundreds of pages of investigative reports that mention hundreds of people” in 29 depositions, a huge trove of investigative files, and an address book — that includes 1,000 names that includes some of the world’s most rich and powerful people — will be released.
However, Maxwell’s lawyer and the lawyer of one of Epstein’s accusers didn’t come to an agreement on how to unseal the documents on Wednesday.
That means the exact names remain behind closed doors – for now.
According to The New York Times, those close to Epstein are desperate to distance themselves.
One still unnamed man has asked the judge not to release his name – nor the names of the others accused – because it could unfairly damage their reputations.
A 2015 release by Gawker, however, may offer insight.
In a release titled, “Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book REDACTED”, names (with blacked-out phone numbers or addresses) from inside Epstein’s extensive address book is shown.
It is not clear if the address book Gawker released is the same as those referenced in court documents – but if it is, the names included seem to be a who’s who of the world’s elite.
The list includes (but is not limited to) —
- Actor Alec Baldwin
- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
- Top Democratic insider Doug Bands
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Billionaire Richard Bronson
- French modeling scout (and alleged procurer) Jean-Luc Brunel
- Singer Jimmy Buffet
- The Duke and Duchess of York
- Billionaire Steve Forbes
- U.S. News & World Report chairman Eric Gertler
- U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman
- Singer Mick Jagger
- Former Sen. Ted Kennedy
- Former Sec. of Defense Henry Kissinger
- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch
- Billionaire George Soros’ son, Peter Soros
- Former Sec. of State John Kerry
- Former Sen. Majority Leader George Mitchell
- Former President Bill Clinton
- Numerous masseuses around the globe
And many, many others.
During the hearing, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said Wednesday that she was eager to get the documents released to the public and urged the lawyers to come to a conclusion.
“We’ve got to get this done,” Preska said.
The documents were sealed during a lawsuit filed by an alleged “sex slave” of Epstein’s, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who settled her lawsuit against the billionaire for an undisclosed sum in 2017.
“Ms. Giuffre has claimed publicly and in a deposition that she was coerced as a teenager into becoming a ‘sex slave’ for Mr. Epstein and later was told to provide sexual services to several of his high-profile associates, including scientists, professors, and politicians,” The New York Times reported. “They include Britain’s Prince Andrew, who has vehemently denied the allegation.”
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