The latest release of Jeffrey Epstein files on Monday revealed photos that appear to show girls or young women on his private island in 2006 – as well as his longtime madam and accomplice who denied being present during that period.
The documents were previously sealed or redacted as part of a 2015 lawsuit between Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, the disgraced financier’s longtime girlfriend and madam who is now a convicted sex trafficker.
The photos were part of a filing about Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome, who was not part of the proceedings but laid out the inner workings of Epstein’s “massage network” and testified that the victims referred to Maxwell as “Mamma bear.” Giuffre’s lawyers said the photos “unequivocally” establish Maxwell’s presence on Epstein’s island during a time where she testified under oath she was “hardly around.”
Fox News Digital is still going through the new documents and this article will be updated.
Maxwell and Giuffre reached a settlement in the case in 2017. The new filings show that afterward, Maxwell’s lawyers sought a court order telling Giuffre’s side to return confidential documents that had been turned over in the discovery process.
The term “massage” within Epstein’s orbit was a code word for sex, according to Ransome, and the many girls he employed as masseuses were trafficking victims.
“That’s like a key word for sex,” she said, according to a transcript of her deposition. “So as soon as you stop having sex with Jeffrey and his friends and his girls, you’re out, because otherwise there’s no reason for you to be associated with Jeffrey, because you’re just there to have sex with him…”
She also said she witnessed Epstein having sex with the model turned pilot Nadia Marcinkova on his plane in plain view.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ordered the documents’ unsealing in December but gave each of the John and Jane Does two weeks to appeal. Lawyers for Giuffre posted the first 191 unsealed files last week out of an estimated 240, and another 17 late Monday morning.
Giuffre’s lawyers unsealed documents in batches of dozens at a time, beginning Wednesday.
Epstein had many high-profile connections, including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, 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, including Clinton and Trump.
Some names will remain sealed 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. The judge is also expected to decide on whether to release the identities of two Does in the lawsuit who have requested to remain unnamed.
In a separate criminal case, Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for sex trafficking Epstein’s victims.
She is appealing that conviction and has declined to comment on the document dump.
Epstein died in federal custody in 2019. A Justice Department investigation accused the U.S. Bureau of Prisons of negligence in allowing him to commit suicide behind bars, depriving “his numerous victims, many of whom were underage girls at the time of the alleged crimes, of their ability to seek justice through the criminal justice process.”
Maxwell has said she believes he was killed.
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