Judge Orders Unsealing Of Names Of 8 Anonymous Individuals Relating To Jeffrey Epstein
Judge Loretta Preska ruled on Friday to disclose the identities of a number of previously anonymous individuals in documents filed by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre against the convicted pedophile's associate Ghislaine Maxwell in a defamation case, according to Insider.
Epstein died in jail awaiting trial while Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking and sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
Giuffre's civil lawsuit against Maxwell has generated a trove of documents relating to Epstein, which contain a number of redacted names, some of which Preska ordered unsealed on the premise that public interest outweighs the right to privacy, according to Daily Mail.
Already Disclosed to the Public
Eight "Non-Party Does" referred to in documents as Does 12, 28, 97, 107, 144, 147, 171, and 183, sought to remain anonymous amid concerns that their disclosure would harm their reputations, Fox News reported.
Preska disagreed in some cases, saying that much of the "purportedly sensitive information" had already been disclosed to the public during Maxwell's trial, per Daily Mail.
While a timeline for the release of the documents and names has not been set, Preska identified some of the Epstein-linked individuals during the hearing.
The judge identified Doe 147 as Epstein victim Sarah Ransome, who testified publicly at Maxwell's sentencing and published a book about her experience, and granted numerous interviews, according to Insider.