A judge plans to make public more than 150 names mentioned in Jeffrey Epstein’s lawsuit. The names include victims of sexual abuse, witnesses, Epstein’s associates, and even some people with only a passing connection to the scandal.
Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on suspicion of sex trafficking of a minor. He was found dead in his cell in August of that year. In 2021, his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was also convicted on charges including sex trafficking of minors.
Now, a federal judge has decided to release all the names mentioned in court documents, NBC News reports. Judge Loretta A. Preska has spent several years reviewing documents related to the Epstein cases, with a significant portion of the names already made public.
Many famous names have been linked to the pedophile, including Bill Gates, who allegedly met with the pedophile on a regular basis, and Prince Andrew, who traveled on Epstein’s private jet on several occasions. The prince himself was accused of rape in connection with his association with the pedophile, for which he later paid millions in a settlement to avoid a trial.
Among the names to be made public are victims of sexual abuse, witnesses, Epstein’s employees and people who had only sporadic ties to Epstein. However, some names will remain confidential, such as those of victims who were children when they were sexually abused.
Those whose names will be released have until January 1 to appeal the decision.