Unsealed Jeffrey Epstein documents name Prince Andrew and former President Clintonas hundreds of pages of previously sealed documents from a lawsuit linked to Epstein, an accused sex trafficker, were made public, marking the initial release under a court order from December 18. Additional documents are anticipated in the coming weeks, potentially revealing nearly 200 names, including Epstein's accusers and prominent figures in business and politics, among others.
While the initial set of documents did not unveil any groundbreaking revelations, they provided the first legal release of information previously covered in media reports and other court proceedings. Ghislaine Maxwell's attorneys asserted her innocence in a statement, stating that she has consistently and vehemently maintained her innocence.
The unsealed documents comprise excerpts from depositions involving Ghislaine Maxwell, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Johanna Sjoberg. In her deposition, Sjoberg details an incident where Prince Andrew allegedly touched her breast in a joking manner during a photo session—a revelation made public for the first time. Sjoberg, who occasionally worked for Epstein, stated that she felt pressured to engage in sexualized massages beyond her comfort level.
Notably, Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre had previously settled her sexual abuse lawsuit out of court, as revealed in a document filed by Giuffre's attorneys. Prince Andrew has consistently denied the accusations against him.
The deposition transcripts reference various prominent figures, including Prince Andrew and former US President Bill Clinton, aligning with prior reports. Sjoberg's deposition from 2016 also recalls Epstein discussing Bill Clinton with her.
He said one time that Clinton likes them young, referring to girls.- Johanna Sjoberg
When questioned about Clinton's relationship with Epstein, Sjoberg stated that she understood Epstein had "dealings" with Clinton. In 2019, a spokesperson for Clinton confirmed that the former president had flown on Epstein's private plane but emphasized that Clinton was unaware of Epstein's "terrible crimes."
The spokesperson reiterated this denial on Wednesday, emphasizing that it has been almost two decades since Clinton last had contact with Epstein, and Clinton has not faced any accusations of criminal activity or wrongdoing related to Epstein.
Jeffrey Epstein with Ghislaine Maxwell at an event
Sjoberg, in her deposition, also recounted an incident on one of Epstein's planes when pilots indicated the need to land in Atlantic City. Epstein suggested reaching out to Donald Trump in response to the situation.
Jeffrey said, Great, we'll call up Trump and we'll go to - I don't recall the name of the casino, but - we'll go to the casino.- Johanna Sjoberg
In her deposition, Sjoberg clarified that she never provided a message to Donald Trump, and there are no accusations of wrongdoing against Trump in the unsealed documents related to Epstein.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre asserted in her deposition that Ghislaine Maxwell instructed her to engage in sexual contact with individuals, including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Prince Andrew, tech expert Marvin Minsky, French modeling scout Jean-Luc Brunel, and American investor Glenn Dubin.
In 2019, when Giuffre's allegations became public, a spokesperson for Glenn Dubin released a statement vehemently rejecting the accusations. The statement was widely reported in outlets such as the Washington Post, the Hill, and Vanity Fair.
While three unnamed individuals from the same portion of Giuffre's deposition remain undisclosed, she alleges that Maxwell directed her to have sexual relations with an "unnamed prince," the "owner of a large hotel chain," and an entirely redacted name. The document does not specify whether Giuffre subsequently had sexual contact with these individuals. The unsealed records also include legal motions filed by the attorneys.
The unsealed documents are the result of a case that Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman, started after she claimed that Jeffrey Epstein had sexually abused her when she was a minor with the help of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's ex-girlfriend.
Numerous alleged victims and associates have previously given public interviews and have been publicly identified in the media. Inclusion in the newly unredacted documents does not imply any wrongdoing or criminal activity on their part. Certain victims' names remain redacted in consideration of the sensitive nature of the crimes, as indicated in court filings.
In 2019, Epstein was indicted on federal charges related to operating a sex trafficking ring where he allegedly sexually abused numerous underage girls. Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial. Subsequently, prosecutors in New York charged Maxwell with sex trafficking offenses involving multiple victims, and she was convicted in 2021.