A federal judge in New York has ruled that nearly 200 identities that had been censored in a case against Jeffrey Epstein’s former lover and collaborator, Ghislaine Maxwell, must now be made public. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska gave the parties involved two weeks to file an appeal before deciding to reveal these identities.
A group of forty documents with the identities that had been kept secret provided insight into Epstein’s wide-ranging network of well-known contacts. The deceased former governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, Prince Andrew, former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, and French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel—who, like Epstein, passed away while awaiting trial—are among the names.
Epstein had contacts in a number of fields, including as academics, politics, Hollywood, and fashion. While some names were not disclosed in the lawsuit, others were previously well-known. Notably, Clinton did not ask the court to keep his name secret despite the fact that he has not been charged with any crimes.
A Clinton spokesman refuted allegations made in the documents about the former president and Epstein having a strong personal relationship. Billionaire Glenn Dubin and his former personal chef Rinaldo Rizzo are among the other identities that have come to light. Rizzo had already stated that, on one occasion, Epstein and Maxwell brought a confused fifteen-year-old Swedish girl to Dubin’s house, telling him the couple had asked her to have sex and that her passport had been stolen.
Les Wexner, the creator of Limited Brands and the former CEO of Victoria’s Secret, is also mentioned in the documents, along with Johanna Sjoberg and Annie Farmer, who have accused Epstein. One interesting new name in the records is magician David Copperfield, who Epstein was said to be friends with.
The names of those who rode on Epstein’s private jet and his clients are being made public as part of Congress’s continued efforts to obtain this information. Republican senators from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn, and Representative Tim Burchett, have charged Democrats with obstructing their demands for these records.
An Epstein accuser called Virginia Giuffre ridiculed some of Epstein’s hitherto unidentified pals while applauding the politicians’ participation. The disclosure of these identities represents a critical turning point in the Epstein affair, illuminating the breadth of his affiliations and the others who may have been engaged in his operations.