A federal judge has ordered Jeffrey Epstein’s “client list” to be made public by unsealing dozens of documents exposing the names of 180 powerful people linked to the disgraced late financier.
The documents are expected to identify the previously redacted names of more than 180 people tied to Epstein’s sex trafficking operation in some way.
The redacted names include associates, victims, investigators, and journalists who covered the case.
Some of the names will remain under seal, however, including those belonging to minor victims who never spoke publicly about the case.
Another name to remain sealed is a person who the judge said was wrongly identified as an alleged perpetrator by a reporter.
At least one person asked the court not to release her name, arguing that it could put her at risk of physical harm.
However, those linked to Epstein’s sex trafficking operation should finally be named in the documents.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska outlined the reasoning in a 51-page order Monday.
The order comes as part of a 2015 lawsuit between Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre and the dead pedophile’s former lover and accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The case was settled in 2017.
However, the judge indicated in hearings in 2021 and 2022 that the names would not remain sealed indefinitely.
Giuffre, who is now in her 30s, has alleged that Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her when she was 17 years old.
She alleged that she was trafficked by Epstein to powerful elites and raped.
Giuffre has famously identified one of those rapists as Britain’s Prince Andrew.
The British royal was forced to pay an undisclosed settlement to Giuffre believed to have been in the millions.
Some of the names have been withheld in some documents but belong to people who have either spoken publicly about their connections to Epstein, have already been identified in other court documents, or were identified in Maxwell’s trial.
The order included a two-week delay to give anyone whose name would be disclosed time to appeal.
Other documents already unsealed in the case include portions of the 2016 deposition of Rinaldo Rizzo, a former private chef for the hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin.
Rizzo claimed Epstein and Maxwell visited Dubin with a disoriented, 15-year-old Swedish girl.
Epstein died in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.
His death was ruled a suicide.
Epstein didn’t kill himself.
Federal investigators upheld the designation in a 128-page report released in June.
Epstein, already a convicted child sex offender in Florida, died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.
While finding flaws with the Bureau of Prisons and its staff members, the report also uncovered no evidence to contradict the designation of Epstein’s death as a suicide.
“While the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) determined MCC New York staff engaged in significant misconduct, we did not uncover evidence contradicting the FBI’s determination regarding the absence of criminality in connection with how Epstein died,” the report read.
“We did not find, for example, evidence that anyone was present in the SHU area where Epstein was housed during the relevant timeframe other than the inmates who were locked in their assigned cells.”
Maxwell is serving a 20-year federal prison sentence on sex trafficking charges.
Despite her conviction, prosecutors have refused to reveal who Maxwell and Epstein were trafficking girls to.
There is still an ongoing fight to release the names of Epstein’s clients and people who traveled on his private jet.
The issue of the flight logs came to a head in Congress last week, as Slay News reported.