Published Article on 09/04/19
Mr Anonymous, a mystery man’s attorney writing that unsealing documents may harm reputation. Anonymous is asking a NY federal judge not to unseal the Jeffrey Epstein’s court related documents because the documents could unfairly associate people with Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking crimes and such disclosures would not only be life changing but would throw those non-parties into the middle of this frenzy, & unfairly do irreparable harm to their privacy and reputational interests.
~ Hundreds of Names
~ 29 Depositions or witnesses or victims related to Epstein’s alleged crimes
~ 100s of Investigate Reports
~ Epstein’s “Little Black Book” said to contain 1000 names & former house manager described the Holy Grail or Golden Nugget to unlocking Epstein’s alleged child sex trafficking operation.
A trove of 2,000 documents was released the day before Epstein was found dead in his jail cell. The first document dump included explosive sexual abuse allegations that Maxwell forced Virginia Giuffre not only to have sex with Prince Andrew and former NM Governor Bill Richardson former Maine Democratic Senator George Mitchell; allegations they all deny. Giuffre’s lawyers argue all the documents should be unsealed.
“Hundreds of people” could be named in sealed documents in a lawsuit by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers against the disgraced financier’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, lawyers said in court Wednesday.
Maxwell’s lawyer, Jeffrey Paglica, revealed to U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska that “hundreds of other people” might be implicated if the new documents were unsealed without proper vetting. The filings pertaining to the 2015 federal defamation case between Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and the British socialite.
In the suit, Giuffre accused Maxwell of procuring young girls for sexual abuse by Epstein and his powerful friends and says Maxwell recruited her when she was 16 years old and working at Mar-a-Lago. (The two sides settled in 2017 and Maxwell denied all allegations.)
“There are hundreds of other people implicated,” Paglica said on Wednesday, adding the docket in the case contains “over 900 filings” and includes an address book with “about 1,000 names.”
Preska was set to rule Wednesday on whether to unseal the new documents from the civil case, but both parties admitted they had not come into court with an agreement on how to screen them. The 45-minute hearing concluded after Preska asked both parties to come up with a tentative plan in two weeks to create a system to categorize the thousands of pages of documents.
While it is not immediately clear who could be named in the documents, Paglica stated the filings include information about Epstein’s alleged victims and his friends. The materials also includes video depositions of 29 people, he said.
“In these 29 depositions there are dozens if not hundreds of names of other people,” said Jeffrey Pagliuca, an attorney for Maxwell. “There are hundreds of pages of investigative reports that mention hundreds of people.”
The hearing came one day after an anonymous man urged Preska not to release his name and the identities of others accused or named in the documents—claiming the exposure may tarnish their reputations. Last month, a federal appeals court unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents related to the defamation case, which included accusations against political leaders and celebrities. (The men named in those documents have not been charged with a crime and all denied the allegations.)
“[John] Doe is not, and has never been, a party of any judicial proceeding involving Ghislaine Maxwell or Virginia Giuffre, or in any proceeding relating to Giuffre’s allegation that Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused her,” the letter states, adding that the anonymous client does not have any knowledge about the allegations against Epstein.
The man’s lawyers, who were in court Wednesday, warned in their letter that a media frenzy could follow if the names were released. The documents, they claim, could detail a “range of allegations of sexual acts” between Giuffre and friends of Epstein’s, “some famous, some not” and reveal “the identities of non-parties who either allegedly engaged in sexual acts with [Giuffre] or who allegedly facilitated such acts.”
Doe’s lawyers attended the hearing along with an attorney for Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and legal counsel for the Miami Herald. The Herald and others had asked a federal judge to release all sealed or redacted documents in Giuffre’s case.
Giuffre has long claimed that Epstein kept her as his underage “sex slave” and loaned her out to his famous friends, including Dershowitz. Dershowitz has denied the allegations and some of the recently unsealed documents seem to show inconsistencies in Giuffre’s claims against him.
Andrew Celli, his lawyer, told the court Wednesday Dershowitz believes there “should be maximum disclosure at maximum speed” and wants all documents to be unsealed.
“I don’t care,” Judge Preska replied, earning laughter in the court.
Epstein, 66, was found dead by suicide in his jail cell at Manhattan Correction Center last month. The sex offender was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of underage girls over two decades. Prosecutors have said they are planning to continue to investigate his alleged co-conspirators, including Maxwell.
Potentially “life-changing” information
A federal judge indicated on Wednesday that there could be hundreds implicated in the civil case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, despite his suicide in a Manhattan jail.
“In some of these documents there are literally a thousand people,” said U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska.
Epstein committed suicide under mysterious circumstances while awaiting trial for accusations of child trafficking. He had already plead guilty in what many called a “sweetheart deal” that protected him from further prosecution.
Preska was referring to more than two dozen depositions and investigative reports. The sealed documents contain potentially “life-changing” information according to a lawyer for one unidentified person fighting the disclosure of the files.
The files are related to accusations from Epstein’s alleged victims that also implicate “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister and other world leaders.”
Just ahead of Epstein’s suicide, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released a tranche of documents that identified some of his alleged accomplices, including Prince Andrew, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat.
Other third parties identified in the sealed documents will be able to argue their case to keep them sealed before they are released.