In a significant development in the ongoing Epstein saga, the deadline for the unveiling of nearly 200 individuals associated with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein has come to an end. However, the public release of these court records might experience a slight delay until next week. The documents expected to be unsealed are anticipated to shed light on former associates, friends, employees, accusers, and potential accomplices.
The opportunity for individuals, known in legal parlance as John and Jane Does, to contest the disclosure of their identities has now lapsed. The process will now move forward with the preparation and unsealing of the pertinent documents. However, two such Does have made attempts to keep their identities undisclosed.
One of these individuals, known as Doe 110, has already seen their name widely circulated in the media. The other, Doe 107, has lodged a request for a 30-day extension to present arguments for keeping her identity sealed. The records slated for unsealing as per the court’s order dated December 18 will be filed, with the exception of documents relating to Does 107 and 110.
High-profile names speculated to be included in the unsealed list include Prince Andrew and an erstwhile aide to former President Clinton. However, certain minor victims and one incorrectly labeled Epstein accomplice will not be disclosed.
The lawsuits tied to Epstein extend beyond the accusations against Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew. The US Virgin Islands government has pursued legal action against JPMorgan Chase, alleging the bank facilitated Epstein’s illicit activities. In another lawsuit, ties between Epstein and Barclays CEO Jes Staley were exposed.
Leon Black, ex-CEO of Apollo Global Management, was accused of assaulting a teenager at Epstein’s residence. Meanwhile, a settlement was reached in 2017 between Maxwell and accuser Virginia Giuffre, though the details have been kept under wraps. Currently, Maxwell is serving a 20-year sentence for sex trafficking, while Epstein passed away in jail back in 2019.
Giuffre and Prince Andrew have also settled their lawsuit, with the prince vehemently denying the allegations made against him. As the legal wrangling continues, these upcoming document releases could provide further insight into Epstein’s complex web of connections.