A New York judge has ordered the release of more than 170 names connected to Jeffrey Epstein beginning in January, an unprecedented disclosure which will likely connect some of the world’s richest and most powerful individuals to the deceased pedophile for the first time.
U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska gave her ruling in a case brought by Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts against Ghislaine Maxwell, the aide to Epstein who was convicted of grooming young girls and introducing them to him for abuse. The suit against Maxwell by Roberts began in 2016, and ever since media outlets have been filing motions to secure the publication of documents in the case.
Critical to the decision, Preska cites, are previous interviews given by individuals connected to Epstein and who are among the 177 under consideration, including housekeepers at his private island in the Caribbean. The ruling provides the individuals 14 days to file any objections.
A final unveiling could take place shortly after New Year’s Day.
The unabridged list of Epstein associates has been trawled across dozens of court cases, depositions, emails, and other legal documents stemming from the criminal prosecution of Epstein which began in 2019. The disgraced philanthropist and Democratic donor was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting trial.
Already, some of the world’s most prominent individuals have been connected to Epstein, including Bill Gates and former President Bill Clinton. However, other individuals named in previous public records include lower-level associates, some of whom claim to be victims themselves.
Among them is Annie Farmer, identified as Doe 63, who gave evidence at Maxwell’s trial. Doe 64 appears to represent her sister, according to a previous interview given by Farmer under her own name. Carolyn Adriano, a witness at Maxwell’s trial who testified she was raped by Epstein, has previously been identified as Doe 5. Doe 23 appears to be Jean-Luc Brunel, a French model and associate of Epstein who died by suicide while awaiting similar charges of abusing young girls.
A comprehensive list of individuals believed to be named in the upcoming disclosure has been compiled by The Daily Mail.
Before his death, Epstein remained a prominent fixture in Democratic and philanthropic causes, and at the height of his power was granted an advisory role to reform laws for sex offenders in the Virgin Islands, site of his notorious compound where much of his abuse took place. The release of additional names tied to Epstein coincides with an effort by U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to obtain the flight logs from his private jet.