Newly released US court documents have thrust high-profile figures, including Prince Andrew, into the spotlight in connection to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. These records were made public in a legal case linked to Epstein’s associate, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Court Records Detail Prince Andrew’s Denial, Clinton’s Testimony in Jeffrey Epstein-Related Documents:
The court papers, encompassing around 900 pages, shed light on various connections and allegations. Notably, they contain a previously reported claim of groping by Prince Andrew, which he has vehemently denied. While former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are mentioned, neither faces accusations of illegality.
Despite the anticipation surrounding this much-anticipated document release, it did not reveal groundbreaking revelations about Epstein, who died in jail in 2019 while facing federal sex-trafficking charges. However, additional documents related to the case will surface in the coming days.
Among the over 100 named individuals, some face allegations of wrongdoing, while others either make accusations or are potential witnesses. The court filings notably underscore the extensive social network surrounding Epstein, who, in 2009, pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor.
Judge Loretta Preska, who ordered the documents’ release, clarified that many named individuals had already been publicly identified by the media or mentioned during Maxwell’s criminal trial. Additionally, some names remained redacted to protect victims of sexual abuse, as ordered by Judge Preska.
The documents include references to Johanna Sjoberg, who alleged that Prince Andrew groped her at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan apartment in 2001. Buckingham Palace has staunchly refuted her claims.
Notably, one deposition highlighted an incident where Sjoberg alleged that Prince Andrew placed his hand on her breast while posing for a photo with another accuser, Virginia Giuffre, and a puppet bearing the label “Prince Andrew.”
In 2022, Prince Andrew settled a case with Ms. Giuffre, who had accused him of sexual abuse when she was 17 years old. The British royal denied the allegations, asserting he never met Ms. Giuffre.
Former President Clinton is mentioned in the court documents, with testimony from Sjoberg alleging that Epstein had once said that Clinton “likes them young.” However, there are no implications of illegality against Clinton. His representatives referred to a statement issued in 2019 where Clinton asserted that he did not know about Epstein’s crimes.
Maxwell’s testimony in the records confirms that Clinton had traveled aboard Epstein’s private jet, although the frequency remains unclear. Clinton had acknowledged traveling on Epstein’s plane for humanitarian trips to Africa in the early 2000s, praising Epstein’s philanthropy, but later severed ties with him.
The documents also seek to debunk claims suggesting that Clinton had visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean shortly after leaving office in 2001. Maxwell’s lawyer stated that Clinton was absent on Little St James Island between 2001 and 2003 and emphasized that Secret Service travel logs would substantiate any such claim.
While the documents mention Donald Trump, they do not implicate him in any alleged wrongdoing. They feature testimony from Sjoberg indicating that Epstein intended to contact Trump during a flight diversion to New Jersey.
Additionally, the records mention French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who died in a Paris jail while awaiting rape charges in 2022. They also include allegations from Giuffre against individuals like New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who denied ever meeting her before his passing.
Jeffrey Epstein’s former household employee, Alfredo Rodriguez, described Maxwell as the authoritative figure in Epstein’s operation, managing cash and recruiting high school girls.
Maxwell, currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for her role in Epstein’s activities, is appealing her conviction. Her legal team maintains her innocence vehemently.
Jeffrey Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide by the New York medical examiner, concluding a life marked by controversy and a web of influential connections.