Ghislaine Maxwell, the convicted sex trafficker who worked with Jeffrey Epstein to procure underage girls for powerful people, is not objecting to the release of the names of eight “John Does” referenced in a 2015 lawsuit. A woman named Virginia Giuffre who says Maxwell and Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew settled her lawsuit with Maxwell, but the names in the lawsuit have remained sealed.
But a new letter to federal Judge Loretta Preska from Giuffre’s lawyer Sigrid McCawley says it’s time for those names to come to light, writing that the John Does’ “generalized aversion to embarrassment and negativity that may come from being associated with Epstein and Maxwell” isn’t a good reason to keep them hidden. Maxwell’s lawyers have indicated that she’s willing to comply.
Maxwell was a British socialite who rubbed shoulders with the rich and powerful along with her business associate Epstein. They also recruited and groomed young girls for a variety of forced sexual acts with Epstein and his powerful friends. A who’s who of wealthy elite associated with Maxwell and Epstein both before and after the allegations against him were made public, and while most of their friends and associates have not been convicted of any wrongdoing, the reach of their social circle is astounding. In addition to Prince Andrew, men like Harvey Weinstein, Alan Dershowitz, Woody Allen and more than one former U.S. President took a ride on Epstein’s private plane — known as the “Lolita Express” — and visited his private island.
Epstein was arrested twice for these activities. Once in 2006, where an appalling “sweetheart deal” got him out of county jail after 13 months. And then again in 2019. He died in jail shortly thereafter, officially by suicide.
If Preska goes ahead with unsealing the names, it’s not clear whether or not any of those men’s names will appear on the list. That said, at least some people appear to be preparing for the worst. Prince Andrew was stripped of his titles following a federal judge in New York’s ruling that the lawsuit against him will proceed. Six of the eight John Does in the lawsuit have objected to having their names made public, but those objections seem to be falling apart. If the truth comes to light, the lawsuit against Prince Andrew will likely not be the only one stemming from this shocking, infuriating and very, very sad story.