Ghislaine Maxwell ends her fight to protect the men involved in Epstein; Names could be revealed

After being found guilty of aiding the sex trafficking of young Jeffery Epstein girls, Ghislaine Maxwell has given up a legal fight against revealing the names of others possibly involved in the illicit operation.

The revelations are believed to come from a separate dispute involving Virginia Giuffre, a victim of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring who filed a defamation suit against Maxwell in 2016.

In a court filing on Wednesday, Giuffre asked a federal judge to unseal the names of eight “John Does.” These anonymous individuals were not parties to the trial and whose lawyers kept their names secret for the sake of embarrassment or media attention.

Giuffre’s record maintained that it was time for this secrecy to end.

“The court’s unsealing process has been fairly consistent: except for a narrow set of circumstances not typically present here, the documents were unsealed despite widespread concerns about embarrassment or embarrassment,” we read in Giuffre’s file. “As the Court has recognized, the widespread aversion to embarrassment and negativity that may arise from association with Epstein and Maxwell is not sufficient to justify maintaining the confidentiality of information. This is particularly true in this regarding this matter of great public interest, involving serious allegations of underage sex trafficking.”

Ghislaine Maxwell said in a legal filing on Wednesday that she would no longer oppose the release of documents related to Jeffery Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. Above, she speaks at an event in New York City.
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Maxwell, a British socialite and former girlfriend of Epstein, had previously supported maintaining the anonymity of the “Does”. But Maxwell reversed course in a court filing on Wednesday.

“Each of the Doses listed has an attorney who has skillfully argued their own
privacy rights,” the filing reads. “Ms. Maxwell therefore leaves it to this Court to make the proper consideration pursuant to the Order and Protocol of Unsealing of the Motions Decided.”

So far, none of the “Does” have filed responses regarding Giuffre’s filing. It will be up to Judge Loretta Preska to find out if the documents are unsealed.

Giuffre once asked Maxwell to name names, saying in a 2020 Twitter post, “I know you only care about yourself and you hold all the secrets!”

In December, Maxwell was found guilty of five of the six counts she faced for her role in recruiting underage girls for Epstein’s Circle of Six, a since-deceased financier who cultivated friendships with influential politicians and business tycoons.

It is unclear who would name the unsealed documents. But the filings came the same week a judge allowed a separate sexual assault lawsuit by Giuffre against Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, to go ahead. Giuffre has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island when she was a 17-year-old trafficking victim.

Lawyers for Prince Andrew, 61, have tried to have the lawsuit thrown out because of a 2009 settlement with Epstein that shielded anyone “who might have been included as a potential defendant”.

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