Jeffrey Epstein documents to be unsealed, possibly revealing acquaintances, judge’s orders

A federal judge has ordered documents related to the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his associates to be unsealed.

In a decision Friday, Judge Loretta Preska ruled that several documents filed in a libel case against ex-Epstein handler and lover Ghislaine Maxwell will be released because they objected that they harmed the reputations of those named in the documents would damage.

Preska found that the public interest outweighed the privacy rights of the eight “John Does” named in the documents, identified as Does 12, 28, 97, 107, 144, 147, 171 and 183.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.
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One of the eight people is Tom Pritzker, a billionaire executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels, who said releasing documents linking him to the controversial financier would do serious damage, according to insiders.

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Preska mostly disagreed with his concerns, saying that many of the documents are already available in other legal challenges and that their content does not describe malicious acts.

Doe 107 also disagreed, saying the release of documents linking them to Epstein was an invasion of their privacy.

Another person mentioned in the documents is Emmy Tayler, a former personal assistant to Ghislaine Maxwell, who has also been accused of contributing to the sexual abuse of her victims.

Tayler, who is part of another lawsuit, opposed the release. She also denied any wrongdoing during her time at Maxwell.

Judge Preska said much of the information in the patch is publicly available from documents from the other lawsuit, so she ordered it released.

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Judge Preska ordered documents related to Doe 183 also be made available because they were “the subject of intense media coverage,” but intentionally delayed release until Nov. 28 to allow the individual a chance to appeal her decision.

“In the court’s view, there is no reason to redact Doe 183 from the documents,” she said, according to the insider.

The judge also ordered documents related to Doe 147, identified as Epstein victim Sarah Ransome, to be unsealed.

Preska confirmed that Ransome was a victim of sexual abuse but said she had previously testified publicly in another case. Ransome also published a book detailing her experience. In addition, she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post with some pertinent details.

Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss addresses the media at a news conference July 02, 2020 in New York City.

Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss addresses the media at a news conference July 02, 2020 in New York City.
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The judge said some other information in the documents had already been made available at Maxwell’s own trial last year, leading to her 20-year sentence.

However, the judge kept some under seals, agreeing to a “sufficient interest to maintain the seal.”

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Another individual, named Doe 12 in the documents, remained sealed because he did not contribute to the abuse or was a victim of either Epstein or Maxwell, the judge said.

Judge Preska ordered documents relating to Doe 28 to remain sealed because the individual is a “victim of sexual assault who continues to experience trauma as a result of these events.”

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Media organizations have requested the release of the documents stemming from a 2016 defamation case against Maxwell, conducted by prosecutor Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The case was later settled.

Collections of documents have been released regularly since the settlement, starting in 2019, days after Epstein’s death.

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