Dozens of court documents relating to Jeffrey Epstein’s VIP clients and associates, including a billionaire businessman, will be released to the public after a federal judge ruled the public has a right to know who was involved in Epstein’s elite pedophilia ring.
Judge Loretta Preska on Friday ruled that public interest outweighs the right to privacy for those involved. The judge ruled that the material concerning eight people should be unsealed despite one billionaire claiming it could “harm (his) privacy and reputation.”
Judge Preska has not set a timeline for the release of the material however the release is likely to be weeks away. Subjects named in the documents have until November 28 to appeal the decision to release the information to the public.
Among those whose names are mentioned in the documents are a British woman, Ghislaine Maxwell’s former personal assistant, who was accused of taking part in the sexual abuse of minors.
Judge Preska overrode objections from Tom Pritzker, the billionaire executive chairman of the Hyatt Hotels, and ordered material related to him be made public.
While Pritzker had argued disclosure of the record could damage his reputation, Judge Preska overruled his objections. In previously unsealed court records, Giuffre claimed Epstein and Maxwell forced her to have sex with wealthy, high-profile men including Pritzker, Britain’s Prince Andrew, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and billionaire hedge-fund manager Glenn Dubin.
The documents are part of a defamation case brought against Maxwell by accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2016 that was later settled.
DailyMail reports: The trove of material has been released on a rolling basis after with the first set coming in 2019, two days before Epstein killed himself, after numerous requests from media organizations.
A total of 16 ‘Non-Party Does’ objected to the release of the files being made public and the first set of eight have already been dealt with by the federal court in New York.
The latest batch related to the remaining eight, referred to as Does 12, 28, 97, 107, 144, 147, 171, and 183.
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