Third batch of Epstein documents revealed in ongoing release of court documents

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A third round of documents related to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was made public on Friday, adding to a trove of Epstein-related information and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. The documents reveal more names and details about people connected to Epstein in various ways, most of whom have not been charged with a crime.

The documents — 155 exhibits totaling 2,644 pages — come from a now-settled defamation lawsuit filed against Maxwell by Epstein’s victim, Virginia Giuffre. Maxwell60-year-old former romantic partner of Epstein, was pleaded guilty in 2021 for conspiring to sexually abuse underage girls and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for her role. Giuffre has called Maxwell “the mastermind” behind the sex trafficking ring.

The judge overseeing the lawsuit ordered in December that the documents must be open and made public the pending appeals of the people whose names appear in them. The hundreds of pages of depositions, incident reports, court records, emails and other documents include names of witnesses, accusers, members of Epstein’s staff, members of law enforcement and others.

What documents are included in this wave of files?

Among the documents released Friday was one containing the names of witnesses who Maxwell’s lawyers said likely had information that could call into question some of Giuffre’s allegations.

Other recently released documents include excerpts from witness statements; a list of phone numbers of suppliers and service personnel with handwritten notes; various communications between lawyers; a list of search terms used to examine electronic records as part of the discovery process; about 50 pages of handwritten phone messages from Epstein’s message book; and other court records related to discovery and other procedural steps.

Portions of a transcript of Maxwell’s videotaped statement were also released. In the July 22, 2016 deposition, her attorney repeatedly advised her not to answer questions about sexual activity involving her or Epstein. Opposing counsel repeatedly argued with Maxwell’s attorney over whether Maxwell could answer questions related to Epstein’s massages.

Giuffre’s attorneys then filed motions to compel Maxwell to answer deposition questions related to adult sexual activity. The motion was granted.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at an event on March 15, 2005 in New York City.

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What did previous batches of open Epstein documents reveal?

Previous sets of documents, comprising hundreds of pages and mentioning more than 100 names, were opened on Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the generalization and sometimes heated speculation As for the names that might appear, the long-awaited documents largely concerned previously known allegations (in some cases providing more details of those known, including transcripts of video statements and police incident reports) and legal strategy for the defamation case between Maxwell and Giuffre.

Many have referred to the documents as a list, but only one document released earlier this week contained a list of names. While that list includes some high-profile names, such as former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew of Great Britainwho have denied all irregularities in the case; The list is of people Giuffre’s attorneys considered deposing in the lawsuit and is not an allegation of wrongdoing.

What did Jeffrey Epstein allegedly do?

The case of the billionaire financier who was also convicted of sexual crimes related to the abuse of underage girls has been subjected to Lots of speculation and many conspiracy theories. Epstein’s friendships and connections with wealthy and powerful people, some of whom are mentioned in the documents in various contexts, have come under particular scrutiny, especially in the wake of his 2019 suicide in prison while awaiting trial in New York on federal charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking.

As part of a 2008 plea deal with federal prosecutors in Florida, Epstein served 13 months in prison (often on leave to work) for state-level crimes in exchange for avoiding prosecution on federal charges over sexual abuse allegations. of underage girls. While he had to register as a sex offender and pay settlements to the victims, the victims were not informed of the settlement, leading to an investigation of the circumstances surrounding it, which was ongoing when he died.

The documents released this week also detail how authorities believe Epstein recruited the girls he allegedly exploited for sex (euphemistically called “massages”), discovered as part of the initial investigation into the allegations against him. Among the many allegations leveled against Epstein over the years were alleged abuse at her homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Florida, and your private island in the United States Virgin Islands, near St. Thomas, Little St. James.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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