The contact list of Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sexual crimes, has been revealed

Jeffrey Epstein e Ghislaine Maxwell.

(Handout, US District Court for the Southern District of New York)

On the evening of January 3, a New York judge revealed the names of contacts, acquaintances, victims and accomplices of the American entrepreneur Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in 2019 after being accused of sexual crimes.

Among the approximately 180 names on the list, based on a thousand pages of court documents made public by a federal court in Manhattan, New York, are former presidents Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and Donald Trump (2017-2021). , without there being any reference to illicit or otherwise reprehensible conduct.

The revelations had been expected since December 18, when Judge Loretta Preska issued an order, made public the following day, which provided for the publication of the names by January 3.

This lawsuit is the result of a defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim, against Epstein’s former lover and accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is serving a twenty-year prison sentence.

According to the British newspaper Daily News, which revealed the existence of the list, Giuffre’s defamation complaint dates back to 2016 and the proceedings ended the following year.

But the US newspaper Miami Herald then took civil action to gain access to the dossier and investigate Epstein’s network.

Trump is cited in the documents as an acquaintance of Esptein, without any reference to any wrongdoing.

The same can be said of Clinton, who however was closer to Epstein and made various trips with him in the 2000s.

Sex trafficking of minors

Epstein and Maxwell, who were in a relationship in the early 1990s, later began a professional collaboration.

Maxwell, 61, was sentenced in June 2022 to twenty years in prison for sex trafficking of minors on behalf of Epstein.

Epstein, who had important economic and political connections in the United States and abroad, was arrested in 2019 on charges of raping and sexually assaulting girls, but his suicide in prison prevented a sentence from being reached.

After his death, conspiracy theories spread about an assassination disguised as suicide.

But the New York medical examiner’s office and the FBI ruled out that Epstein’s death was “the result of a criminal act”, a theory confirmed last June by the justice department.

In February 2022, Britain’s Prince Andrew, younger brother of King Charles III and friend of Maxwell and Epstein, reached an out-of-court settlement with Giuffre, who had accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2001, when she was seventeen. According to the Daily Telegraph, Andrea has agreed to pay thirteen million dollars in compensation.

Last spring, JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank paid $290 million and $75 million respectively to victims for their involvement in the Epstein case.

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