Nearly 200 Epstein Associates to Be Named After Judge’s Ruling

Nearly 200 Epstein Associates to Be Named After Judge's Ruling

( – Jeffrey Epstein died more than four years ago, but he’s still regularly in the news. Just recently, multiple banks settled lawsuits related to Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring. Now, the world might learn the names of more of his associates.

On December 18, Judge Loretta A. Preska ordered the public disclosure of the identities of nearly 200 people named in the court documents related to Epstein. The names include his employees, court witnesses, sex abuse victims, and some people who only have a passing connection to the sex trafficking scandal, but didn’t necessarily participate in it. The victims who were children when they were abused will be allowed to keep their names confidential.

BBC reported that experts expect Prince Andrew’s name to be among those released in relation to an alleged groping scandal from 2001.

Preska has spent years reviewing documents that the Miami Herald has sought from a civil case filed by victim Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell. The lawsuit was brought in 2015 and settled in 2017. The files, including names of Epstein’s associates, have been under seal for years while many of the other documents have been released.

The judge pointed out that many of the individuals named in the lawsuit were revealed to the public in other ways, like in interviews with the media or during the criminal trial against Maxwell.

Epstein’s associates include some of the most powerful people in the world, which has fueled conspiracy theories over the years. He was friends with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, and many others. Questions have swirled about how involved those people were with him. No hard evidence has come out about any of the men except Prince Andrew, but he has denied the allegations, though he did settle with one of the victims in a civil lawsuit.

The judge has given the parties until January 1 to appeal her decision and have their names removed from the list.

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