Nearly 200 names that had previously been redacted from court documents in a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein's former lover and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell have been made public on orders of a federal judge in New York.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ordered their release in December but gave the Jane and John Does two weeks in case they wanted to appeal.
The names were unveiled in a series of 40 documents that have been posted to the docket without previous redactions that hid big names including former President Bill Clinton, his estranged longtime aide Doug Band, Prince Andrew, and the French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who like Epstein died while awaiting trial.
Epstein had many high-profile connections, including former U.S. presidents, foreign prime ministers and Britain's Prince Andrew, as well as Hollywood stars, leading academics, people in the modeling and fashion industries and other public figures. Some of the names were previously known through other means despite having been withheld from the public's eye in the lawsuit. Many of the names belong to people who have not been accused of wrongdoing.
Other names unsealed Wednesday included billionaire Glenn Dubin and his former private chef Rinaldo Rizzo, David Copperfield, Tony Figueroa, Limited Brands founder and former Victoria's Secret CEO Les Wexner, and Epstein accusers such as Johanna Sjoberg and Annie Farmer.
Sjoberg, according to a deposition in the lawsuit claimed that Epstein once told her "Clinton likes them young, referring to girls" and that Copperfield, a friend of Epstein's, "did some magic tricks" at dinner.
Previously released documents revealed that Rizzo claimed Epstein and Maxwell once visited Dubin's house with a disoriented, 15-year-old Swedish girl who told him the couple asked her for sex and that her passport had been taken.
In a typo-filled email from Epstein to Maxwell, the sex trafficker accused Giuffre of fabricating her allegations against him and mentioned one "stven hawking" and an "underage orgy."
Several were withheld for various reasons, including names of some of Epstein's underage victims and at least one person who the judge said had been falsely identified.
Dubin and his wife, Eva Andersson Dubin, who had previously dated Epstein, have previously denied any knowledge of the late financier’s behavior.
The names were all previously redacted documents in a lawsuit against Maxwell from Virginia Giuffre, an Epstein accuser who said he trafficked her to his private island, Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands before her 18th birthday. The parties settled out of court in 2017. She also sued and received a settlement from Prince Andrew.
In a separate criminal case, Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for sex trafficking Epstein's victims.
The release comes amid a fight in Congress to release the names of Epstein's clients and people who traveled on his private jet. Tennessee Republicans Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Tim Burchett have accused Democrats of "stonewalling" their requests for those documents.
"It appears that bad actors within our government are going to great lengths to protect the pedophiles who took Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet," Blackburn wrote on X in late December. "I will not stop working to reveal their identities. The American people deserve to know every name on that list."
Giuffre praised the lawmakers' involvement on X herself while taunting some of Epstein's previously unnamed associates.
"Finally we are hearing members of the US government senators about the need for transparency and a call to arms for accountability!!" she wrote on X. "There’s going to be a lot of nervous ppl over Christmas and New Years, 170 to be exact, who’s on the naughty list?"
Who was Jeffrey Epstein?
This March 28, 2017 photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. The Justice Department’s watchdog said Tuesday that "a combination of negligence and misconduct" enabled Jeffrey Epstein to take his own life at a
Epstein, a billionaire financier, was accused of luring numerous underage girls to his homes under the guise of giving him massages, and then sexually abusing them.
"He was a money manager, and the way he made his money is in dispute. But clearly he worked with people who had access to a lot of wealth," Desimone explained. "And what's interesting is that he was found guilty in Florida in 2008 for soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution. But even after that, he still had access to power.
"And what he would do was lure women mostly from Eastern Europe, some under 18, and he would give them access to power and make these promises. You're going to get jobs. You're going to get a career, introduce them to people like Bill Gates and Donald Trump and make them feel important," Desimone continued.
"But no jobs materialized. And what he was doing was grooming each of these women for sex, and he manipulated them. And that's why you had hundreds of women, literally hundreds of women come forward and say they were exploited by Jeffrey Epstein during the period of time of 2008 until he was arrested in 2019."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Anyone who suspects trafficking can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.