Judge to Decide on Release of Hundreds of Names in Epstein Sex-Trafficking Case

The case of Jeffrey Epstein could soon publicly include the names of hundreds of his connections, as a judge is set to decide on whether to unseal a trove of court documents that contain details about his inner circle.
The federal judge in this case has said she is ready to release these documents, but she is taking the time to hear from anonymous individuals who are pleading to keep their identities sealed, because they say they don’t want to ruin their public reputation.
While U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska determines whether the presumption of public access outweighs the privacy interests of the individuals named in the court documents, we want to take a deeper look at just what is at stake here.
The trove of documents that could be released in the coming weeks reportedly includes hundreds of investigative reports, more than two dozen depositions, and Epstein’s address book with more than 1,000 names.
They are part of a defamation lawsuit filed back in 2015 by Virginia Roberts Giuffre. She is one of dozens of women who have accused Epstein of sexually assaulting them when they were young girls. But this specific lawsuit actually targets Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s reported girlfriend who has been accused of helping him run a sex trafficking ring.
Despite being named by numerous accusers who say she manipulated them into becoming a part of Epstein’s abusive inner circle, and then threatened them if they tried to escape, Maxwell seems to have escaped any and all criminal charges herself, and she still has yet to be investigated by police.
Giuffre is one of the girls who is now publicly speaking out after she claims she spent years as Epstein’s sex slave. She says she was just 15 years old when she was recruited by Maxwell, and she was forced to have sex with politicians, world leaders, professors, scientists, and associates in Epstein’s inner circle.
She also claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on multiple occasions when she was a child. While he has denied the accusations, and he also has yet to be investigated by authorities, a widely circulated photo depicts the prince with Maxwell and Giuffre when she was a young girl.
In comments following a court hearing, Giuffre said she believes Prince Andrew knows exactly what he has done, and she has no plans to stay silent.
Another powerful man and close friend of Epstein, who Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with is French model scout Jean Luc Brunel. Although he has faced years of accusations from dozens of young girls, he also has yet to face charges, and reports are now claiming that after Epstein’s death, Brunel has simply vanished like a ghost and disappeared without a trace.
The case of Jeffrey Epstein initially sparked frustration because he was able get away with such a light plea deal that protected both him and his closest associates. Now there are concerns that his associates are getting away once again, as they seem to be disappearing in plain sight.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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