All Jeffrey Epstein court documents unsealed

Who was Jeffrey Epstein? Documents relating to the convicted sex offender were unsealed this week following a legal challenge.
Who was Jeffrey Epstein? 

Trigger warning: Sex abuse 

Over the past week, thousands of pages of previously sealed documents related to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have been released.

They include the names of numerous high-profile people connected to Epstein, although being named in the documents does not mean they are accused of wrongdoing.

One of the court documents included an allegation that Epstein kept sex tapes of some prominent people, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, but the witness then withdrew the claim.

Who was Jeffrey Epstein?

Jeffrey Epstein was a well-known American hedge fund manager and a convicted sex offender. He was acquainted with many high-profile celebrities and politicians.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in a controversial deal to charges related to sex-trafficking minors. He served 13 months in jail.

In 2019, he was arrested on new federal sex trafficking charges. He died aged 66 in his jail cell while awaiting trial. His death was ruled a suicide.

The Epstein documents

This past week, historical court documents related to Epstein have been made public.

The documents relate to a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought forward by Virginia Giuffre, a victim of Epstein, against Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein’s former partner who is currently serving jail time for helping facilitate his crimes.

The case was settled out of court, but a lot of the evidence in the case was sealed. It has been made public after a legal challenge from The Miami Herald.

What did the Epstein documents say?

The first set of documents shared details of claims put forward against several of Epstein’s high-profile associates, including Clinton and Prince Andrew.

For example, one alleged victim of Epstein, Johanna Sjoberg, testified that Epstein told her “[Bill] Clinton likes them young, referring to girls”.

Clinton has always maintained he knew “nothing” about Epstein’s crimes. Prince Andrew has also always denied wrongdoing in relation to Epstein.

The alleged sex tapes

New documents unsealed this week include an allegation that Epstein had sex tapes of some associates, including of Clinton, Prince Andrew, and British billionaire Sir Richard Branson.

This allegation was made by Sarah Ransome, a woman who settled a lawsuit with Epstein and Maxwell for an undisclosed amount in 2018.

In emails exchanged with a New York Post journalist in 2016, Ransome said she had seen the sex tapes “with [her] own two eyes”, but said Epstein was never in them because he was “clever like that”.

However, the court never received evidence of the tapes and Ransome later sent an email to the journalist saying: “I would like to retract everything I have said to you and walk away from this.”

Epstein testimony

The court documents also contain a transcript from Epstein’s deposition with Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers in 2016.

He invoked his fifth amendment constitution right, which in the U.S. is the right to remain silent and not incriminate oneself.

Epstein refused to answer any of the questions. He said “fifth” more than 500 times.

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