The ongoing legal saga surrounding Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile who died in jail before facing trial on federal children-trafficking charges, has reached a new peak. Over 1300 pages of documents related to a 2015 civil defamation suit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, were released on Friday.
This latest unsealing, part of a series that began earlier this week, comes in response to a December 18 court order and ongoing media efforts to make these documents public. The documents are expected to reveal nearly 200 names, encompassing Epstein’s accusers, notable businesspeople, and politicians.
High-Profile Connections and Allegations
The unsealed documents include testimony from a former Epstein employee, Juan Alessi, who recounted interactions with a range of influential figures, including two former U.S. presidents, in Epstein’s orbit.
Alessi mentioned having dinner with former president Donald Trump at Epstein’s Palm Beach home and meeting former president Bill Clinton on Epstein’s plane. He also recalled encounters with Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, and others, including a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry.
While Clinton's spokesman reiterated a 2019 statement about Clinton's limited contact with Epstein and lack of knowledge about his crimes, Trump’s spokesman criticized the media when asked about Trump’s appearance in the documents.
Neither Clinton nor Trump has been accused of any crimes related to Epstein. Other notable figures mentioned include famed magician David Copperfield and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Sarah Kellen, one of Epstein's then-employees, mentioned Copperfield during her deposition but asserted her Fifth Amendment right when asked about their relationship.
Johanna Sjoberg, another deposition witness, described Copperfield performing magic tricks at Epstein’s residence and inquiring about Epstein’s methods for procuring girls. A handwritten note from 2005 also indicated contact between Epstein and Weinstein. However, there is no implication of wrongdoing by Weinstein in connection to Epstein in the documents.