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Epstein affair: judge orders disclosure of 180 names

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Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in 2019.

Agence France-Presse

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A New York judge on Monday ordered to reveal in early January 180 names of people – victims, relatives, alleged accomplices – linked to the network of American financier Jeffrey Epstein accused of sex crimes, but who committed suicide in prison in 2019 before being judged.

This order from Manhattan federal court magistrate Loretta Preska, dated December 18 and consulted Tuesday by AFP, is registered as part of defamation proceedings between Mr. Epstein's ex-mistress and accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, sentenced in 2022 to 20 years in prison, and an American plaintiff against the couple, Virginia Giuffre .

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Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims she was forced into sex with Prince Andrew under the influence of financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The judge listed the cases of some 180 people – under numbers and the pseudonym Doe – in a 50-page document, ordering that their identities be made completely public 14 days at the latest after the date of this legal document, i.e. January 1 or 2, 2024.

According to the British media Daily News, who revealed the information on Tuesday, Virginia Giuffre's defamation complaint against Ghislaine Maxwell dates back to 2016 and was settled the following year.

But the newspaper Miami Herald then took civil action to gain access to the file and investigate the Epstein network.

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The financier was arrested in 2019.

To justify the revealing of the names – including personalities already cited in the press –, American justice relies on the fact that certain people are easily identifiable in interviews published in recent times years.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were a couple in the early 1990s before becoming professional collaborators and accomplices in their sex crimes for nearly 30 years.

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Ghislaine Maxwell lived for several years with the financier Jeffrey Epstein who committed suicide in detention in New York, where he was awaiting trial for sex trafficking.

The 61-year-old former British, French and American socialite was convicted in December 2021 in New York of sex trafficking of minors on behalf of Mr. Epstein and sentenced in June 2022 to 20 years of imprisonment .

The financier, with powerful economic and political networks in the United States and abroad, was himself accused of having sexually assaulted and raped young girls, but his suicide by hanging in prison in New York in August 2019 put an end to public action against him.

In a separate aspect of this international file, British Prince Andrew, friend of the Maxwell-Epstein pair, sealed an agreement in February 2022 #x27;amicable – for $13 million according to the Daily Telegraph – with Virginia Giuffre, 40, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2001 when she was 17 .

The 63-year-old prince, who has fallen from grace, disputes these accusations.

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