A federal judge has made a decision to release documents containing the names of associates of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2024. The order comes from a 2017 civil trial filed by Virginia Giuffre, who accused Epstein’s alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell of facilitating Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. The names of approximately 150 individuals are expected to be revealed, but Judge Loretta Preska has given those individuals 14 days to object to the release of their names.
In her ruling on Monday, Preska listed several reasons for the unsealing of the documents, including the fact that some of the individuals whose names are to be released have already given media interviews. Additionally, some of the individuals have not objected to the release of their names, according to Preska’s order.
The death of the well-connected Epstein in a Manhattan prison cell in August 2019 awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges sparked further controversy and speculation about his network of high-profile associates. Maxwell is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of sex trafficking children.
The decision to release the documents has been met with both celebration and speculation. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) took to social media to express her satisfaction with the ruling, stating, “The names of over 170 of Jeffrey Epstein’s high-profile associates are to be released in the first week of 2024. Accountability is coming.”
Blackburn has recently pushed for the Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena Epstein’s flight records, but has alleged that Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has blocked her efforts. It was previously reported that Epstein owned at least three private jets, including a Gulfstream II, which was sold in 2013, a Gulfstream IV, which was sold before his arrest, and a Boeing 727, nicknamed the “Lolita Express,” which was allegedly used to transport prominent individuals and girls around the world.
The “Lolita Express” jet has been a source of controversy as it is believed to contain flight logs with the names of individuals who may have been involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. Several victims and one of Epstein’s pilots have come forward, claiming that public figures, such as Bill Gates, Prince Andrew, and Donald Trump, have traveled on the “Lolita Express” with the late financier.
With the release of these documents in 2024, it is expected that even more names may be revealed and potentially connected to Epstein’s crimes. The 14-day period for individuals to object to the release of their names gives them the opportunity to protect their privacy, but it also leaves room for speculation and further scrutiny of the wealthy and powerful individuals potentially involved in Epstein’s operation. As the date approaches, the world will be watching to see who will be named in these documents and what consequences may follow.