By Zachary Stieber
Documents disclosing the names of Jeffrey Epstein employees and other alleged associates are set to become public in the coming months, after the people did not object to unsealing the materials.
More than 150 people who have confirmed or alleged links to Epstein, such as being his employee or one of his alleged victims, chose not to come forward to object to the disclosure of their names. They are mentioned in documents filed in a defamation case brought in 2015 against Ghislaine Maxwell, an Epstein associate.
The lawsuit was settled in 2017, but outside groups have pushed for the release of the documents in the interest of public access.
Some of the people objected to their names being released and convinced U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, the George H.W. Bush appointee who is overseeing the case, to keep their identities shielded.
Others failed, and Preska in November 2022 ordered the unsealing of documents with their names. The documents were unsealed the following month, including filings concerning Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Epstein who backed Giuffre’s allegations with her testimony.
Other people did not object to the unsealing. Preska has said that the people’s “privacy, reputational or other interests may be implicated by the unsealing of the Sealed Materials.”
Maxwell formerly opposed unsealing the documents but dropped her objections after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking and Giuffre supports making the materials public.
In a new motion, entered into the court docket on Feb. 8, a description for each person was offered to the judge.
The document shows that the list includes more than a dozen employees of Epstein, more than a dozen alleged witnesses, more than two dozen alleged Epstein affiliates, and more than a dozen alleged victims.
Multiple alleged perpetrators and law enforcement officers are also described, including a former director of the FBI.
A number of the people have already given media interviews or testified during Epstein-related legal cases, such as the case against Maxwell, according to the joint motion.
Others have been linked with Epstein in news reports, Giuffre’s lawyers said, with one person having been prosecuted abroad for sex trafficking.
Multiple people, including that person, have since died.
Some of the group has not been linked publicly with Epstein, the filing indicates.
While Maxwell has said through lawyers she no longer objects to the unsealing, her lawyers said that some of the sealed materials contain “salacious, unproven allegations” against multiple individuals, including an alleged Epstein associate.
In another instance, Maxwell’s lawyers said an alleged perpetrator “is dead and therefore will not have ‘a fair opportunity’ to respond to any unsealed accusations which apparently was never adjudicated publicly.” Giuffre’s team said the material concerning the individual should “be unsealed in full” because he or she “is alleged to have engaged in serious wrongdoing” and because the person or their representatives would have “a fair opportunity” to respond to any unsealed allegations.
The parties also diverged on descriptions of some of the people. In one case, Giuffre’s team described a person as an alleged victim, but Maxwell’s representatives said there was no basis for that description.
It’s not clear yet when the documents will be disclosed.
Preska has said she will conduct “a particularized review of documents” including the names of the non-parties. The review will include examining sealed items relating to each person.
In a separate case, newly unsealed information showed that Epstein had a close relationship with a JPMorgan Chase executive as the bank kept his accounts active despite a sex offense conviction in Florida.
At least 20 sex trafficking and sexual abuse victims were paid through the accounts, according to the information, which was filed by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Justice. The bank did not respond to a request for comment.
Known Epstein associates include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Prince Andrew, and businessman Lex Wexner.
Epstein was facing sex trafficking charges when he died in jail in 2019. New York City’s medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein had pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida in 2008.