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    Unsealed court records to be released starting Wednesday


    In late December, a U.S. judge ordered the public disclosure of more than 150 people mentioned in court documents related to Epstein, the billionaire financier who took his own life in August 2019 in a federal lockup in Manhattan as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. Epstein’s associate and former girlfriend, Ghislaine 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.

    The documents being unsealed are part of a lawsuit filed against Maxwell in 2015 by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre. She is one of the dozens of women who sued Epstein saying he had abused them at his homes in Florida, New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands and New Mexico. Giuffre’s lawsuit against Maxwell was settled in 2017, but the Miami Herald went to court to access court papers initially filed under seal, including transcripts of interviews the lawyers did with potential witnesses.

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    Who’s on the Jeffrey Epstein list?

    The truth is less scandalous: There is no such list. The great majority of the people whose names appear in the documents are not accused of any wrongdoing.

    U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, who evaluated the documents to decide what should be unsealed, said in her December order that she was releasing the records because much of the information within them is already public.

    The people named in the records include many of Epstein’s accusers, members of his staff who told their stories to tabloid newspapers, people who served as witnesses at Maxwell’s trial, people who were mentioned in passing during depositions but aren’t accused of anything salacious, and people who investigated Epstein, including prosecutors, a journalist and a detective.

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    From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-

    Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton have already been named in redacted court filings, though there’s no evidence Clinton did anything illegal, and Clinton’s representatives don’t object to the documents being unsealed.  Prince Andrew also denied wrongdoing, but settled a civil lawsuit that Virginia Giuffre filed against him in 2022. 

    “But the second thing is the details. Where were these individuals being flown to?” he continued. “They’re being flown on the Lolita Express to Jeffrey Epstein’s Island, where you had women who were groomed for sex and expected to have sex with the visitors … or were they flying other places? 

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    This March 28, 2017 photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. The Justice Department’s watchdog said Tuesday that “a combination of negligence and misconduct” enabled Jeffrey Epstein to take his own life at a

    Epstein, a billionaire financier, was accused of luring numerous underage girls to his homes under the guise of giving him massages, and then sexually abusing them.

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    “But no jobs materialized. And what he was doing was grooming each of these women for sex, and he manipulated them. And that’s why you had hundreds of women, literally hundreds of women come forward and say they were exploited by Jeffrey Epstein during the period of time of 2008 until he was arrested in 2019.”



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