Court cases have referred to affiliates of Jeffrey Epstein as “John Does,” including Does 12, 28, 97, 107, 144, 171, and 183.
A judge has ordered the release of more court documents which will unveil the identities of several people.
Some of the “John Does” include Bill Richardson, who is the former Democrat governor of New Mexico, and Glenn Dubin, a wealthy hedge-fund manager. Both men deny accusations against them.
Another “John Does” is Tom Pritzker, the billionaire cousin of the Democrat governor of Illinois, J. B. Pritzker. He is also the executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels.
Epstein’s victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, alleges that she was forced to have sex with Pritzker.
Another “John Doe” is Maxwell’s former personal assistant, Emmy Tayler. Tayler is accused of sexually abusing minors, but she denies the accusations. She has filed a lawsuit against Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald.
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Documents also indicate that Doe 147 is an Epstein victim named Sarah Ransome. Though Preska acknowledges that Ransome is a victim, she also noted that Ransome has publicly discussed her past experiences regarding Epstein. She testified publicly in another trial, published a book, and wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post.
Preska ruled that documents related to Doe 28, another victim, will remain sealed since she “continues to experience trauma as a result of these events.” Her identity will not be revealed.
Doe 12 will likewise remain anonymous since he or she was neither a victim nor an alleged perpetrator in the case.
Preska has also ruled that documents unveiling the identity of Doe 183 be released, since he or she “has been a subject of intense media coverage” whose name “has appeared in numerous places in unsealed portions of Ms. Maxwell’s criminal trial transcript.” However, Preska has stayed her own ruling until November 28 so that Doe 183 has time to appeal her decision.
Last December, Maxwell was convicted for her role in sexually abusing underage girls along with Epstein. She has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Maxwell reached a settlement with Giuffre in 2017, but the documents related to that case have been difficult to access. Preska has been slowly releasing some of the documents for the past five years.
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