A federal court in New York has unsealed documents that name dozens of public figures who were allegedly associated with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The documents were part of a lawsuit case filed in 2015 by Virginia Giuffre, who accused Epstein and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell of sexually abusing her as a minor.
The documents, which were released on Wednesday, January 3, following a ruling by federal judge Loretta A. Preska, include excerpts of depositions and motions from the Jeffrey Epstein case. In her deposition, Giuffre claimed that Maxwell directed her to have sexual contact with various public figures. They include Prince Andrew, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, an unnamed prince, and the owner of a large hotel chain. It is unclear from the documents if Giuffre had sexual contact with any of the accused parties.
The allegations against Prince Andrew and other public figures in Jeffrey Epstein Case
Giuffre settled her lawsuit against Maxwell in 2017. She later sued Prince Andrew over the alleged sexual abuse four years later. The suit settled in early 2022, with Andrew vehemently denying any wrongdoing. Andrew also stepped down from his royal duties in 2019 after his association with Jeffrey Epstein made headlines.
Another document released on Wednesday was a 2016 deposition given by Johanna Sjoberg, whom Maxwell allegedly procured to work for Epstein. In her deposition, Sjoberg claimed that Prince Andrew placed his hand on her breast while posing for a photo. Sjoberg also claimed that Epstein spoke to her about former president Bill Clinton, saying that Clinton liked young girls. Sjoberg alleged that Clinton and Epstein had dealings with each other.
Clinton’s spokesperson Angel Ureña denied claims regarding Clinton’s involvement with Epstein in 2019. Ureña said that Clinton knew nothing about the terrible crimes that Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida or those with which he was charged in New York.
Other public figures whose names have been unsealed in the Jeffrey Epstein case include Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, and David Copperfield. The documents are the first of what is expected to be multiple batches of documents that will reveal over 200 of Epstein’s associates.
Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute in 2008. He served 13 months in jail. Epstein was arrested again in July 2019 on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors. He committed suicide in his cell in August 2019 at the age of 66.