A federal judge will deliberate about plans for unsealing a new trove of court papers related to the sexual abuse allegation against the late Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide the previous month while expecting trial on sex trafficking indictments.
District judge to reveal records
The hearings were scheduled by U.S. District Judge, Loretta Preska after an appeals court in New York directed her to cautiously review the documents and release all records for which the surmise of public access outweighs any privacy interests.
Although, it is unclear whose name is mentioned in the records, a lawyer for a John Doe warned in court papers that the documents may contain “life-changing” revelations against third parties not directly involved in the lawsuit. The attorney, Nicholas Lewin, requested the chance to be heard on the matter, citing his unnamed client’s “reputational rights.”
Jeffrey’s former girlfriend involved
More than 2000 pages of the since-settled libel were made public by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Control of Appeals. One of Epstein’s’ accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed a case against Ghislaine Maxwell, former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre has charged Maxwell of engaging young women for Epstein’s sexual delight and also participating in the abuse herself. Maxwell has ardently denied. The initial release of records was unsealed one day prior to Epstein’s jailhouse suicide in Manhattan. The said records contained graphic claims against Epstein and several of his erstwhile associates. Giuffre claims that she was trafficked internationally to have sex with renowned American politicians, business executives and world leaders.
She filed the lawsuit in 2015, claiming Maxwell put her through public mockery, contempt, and dishonour. She called Giuffre a liar in published records, with the spiteful intent of defaming and further destroying Giuffre worldwide. The case sought unstated damages.
Appellate court issues warning
A level of secrecy the ruled by the 2nd Circuit was unjustified. Consequently, about one-fifth of all the documents filed in the case were done so under seal. Nevertheless, a strange warning to the people and the media “to exercise control” regarding potentially defamatory allegations contained in the statements and other court filings was issued by the appellate court.