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The list includes names of the convicted sex trafficker’s associates, as well as witnesses and victims

The names of nearly 200 people cited in a 2015 civil suit brought by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre were released by a US court, having been under seal since the case was settled in 2017.

Hundreds of court filings containing the names were unsealed on the order of US District Judge Loretta Preska last month, with a court spokesperson saying they would be made public on a rolling basis beginning on January 1.

Files released on Wednesday include the names of billionaire Glenn Dubin and his former private chef Rinaldo Rizzo, former Victoria’s Secret CEO Lex Wexner, Tony Figueroa and David Copperfield. High-profile public figures, such as ex-US President Bill Clinton and the UK’s Prince Andrew, were also included, but had already been publicly named in connection to the case.

The full list of names includes known associates of Epstein, as well as witnesses, victims and others incidentally related to the defamation case. The names of underage victims who did not testify will remain under seal, according to Judge Preska, who has also allowed individuals to appeal the release of certain documents.

In one instance, the attorney for a person identified only as ‘J. Doe 107’ requested their client’s name be kept under wraps, noting that she lives in a “culturally conservative country” and is “in fear of her name being released” given the nature of the case. The judge is now considering the request.

The documents are related to a 2015 defamation suit brought against Epstein confidant Ghislaine Maxwell by Giuffre, which was later settled out of court. Maxwell has since been convicted to 20 years in prison after being charged for grooming victims for Epstein.

In the 2015 case, Giuffre claimed that Maxwell and Epstein directed her to have sex with men starting when she was just 17, and that Epstein himself had also sexually abused her. 

Epstein was charged for several sex trafficking offenses in 2019, but was found dead in his New York jail cell before the case could be tried. The death was ruled a suicide, with the Justice Department later finding that negligence by prison staff had allowed Epstein to take his own life in custody.

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