A federal court in New York is preparing to release more sealed documents in a 2015 defamation suit filed by Virginia Giuffre, a victim of dead sex-trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, against Epstein’s madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The court will conduct an individualized review of the pleadings that would give attorneys for Maxwell, Giuffre, and parties shrouded in mistery, being called John Does 1 and 2, the opportunity to weigh countervailing circumstances. Other secret “non-parties” to the case who are named in the documents will need to be notified ahead of the unsealing and they do have have the option to object. The documents include other alleged victims, and people accused of having sex with Giuffre. McCawley said it would be unfair to release said documents, which wouldn’t need review because there’s no countervailing interests. Judge Preska disagreed, saying there would be “no justification to withholding the documents” from the public.
“Virginia is very pleased that this process is starting and that the court is taking seriously the release of these documents,” McCawley said. “It’s always been her position that there should be public access to these documents as we’ve seen as recently as yesterday in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They filed a complaint outlining this over-20-year history of [Pedophile Epstein’s] sexual abuse of young females.”
The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit on Wednesday that accuses Epstein and his inner circle of trafficking girls as young as 11 years old, as recently as 2018.
“It’s been Virginia’s mission to expose that abuse, and we’re hopeful that through the court’s review process that will occur and these documents will get released,” McCawley said, also adding that the Virgin Islands case highlights that Epstein’s sexual abuse of girls “was going on all over the world, for many, many years.”
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