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By Bowen Xiao
Nearly 2,000 pages of documents relating to indicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were unsealed on Aug. 9, revealing allegations against a number of rich and powerful men, just a day before the financier’s alleged suicide.
The court documents from a lawsuit by one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, listed new names allegedly involved in Epstein’s trafficking ring and more details around the claims of trafficking of minor girls by the multimillionaire and his former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The cache of records, unsealed by a Manhattan federal appeals court, was the largest release in the 13 years since Epstein’s case first began. Court documents allege that Epstein sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in New York City and in Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations.
Giuffre, in a 2016 deposition, claimed she was directed by Maxwell, a British socialite, to have sex with a number of men. The names include former Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Hyatt Hotels executive Chairman Thomas Pritzker, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, modeling scout Jean-Luc Brunel, cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky, and money manager Glenn Dubin.
According to records, Giuffre also claimed there was “another prince” aside from the UK’s Prince Andrew whom she was allegedly directed to have sex with, as well as Epstein’s former lawyer Alan Dershowitz, “foreign presidents,” a “well-known” prime minister, and “other world leaders.”
When asked during the deposition if there was anyone else she could remember, Giuffre said that there was.
“I am definitely sure there is. But can I remember everybody’s name?” Giuffre said. “No.”
None of the men named in the documents has been charged, and none responded to emails from The Epoch Times seeking comment. Each of the men has previously denied the claims. Giuffre’s lawsuit against Maxwell ended in both sides agreeing to settle in 2017 for an undisclosed sum.
According to the documents, former President Bill Clinton had visited Epstein’s private island located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which prosecutors believed was his “primary residence” in the United States.
Giuffre said that she flew to the island with Epstein when she was 17 and that, while she was there, Maxwell told her that she had picked Clinton up in a “black helicopter that Jeffrey bought her.”
Giuffre also confirmed that she flew on Epstein’s plane while Clinton was on board and said that Secret Service agents were on the plane but were “not where we were eating.” She didn’t allege that Clinton engaged in sexual conduct with her or anyone else. In a July statement, Clinton denied ever visiting the island.
The documents contained numerous disturbing claims relating to Epstein and his trafficking ring. Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Juan Alessi, Epstein’s former house manager, testified that during the 10-year period Maxwell was at Epstein’s house, there were “probably over 100” females he was told were massage therapists that entered the home.
Alessi said Maxwell, Epstein, and their friends were the ones who brought in the girls. He said their friends would “relay to other friends they knew a massage therapist and they would send [them] to the house.” The former house manager added that on occasion he had to clean up after Epstein’s massages, where he would find vibrators and sex toys that had been left out.
Another former house manager for Epstein, Rinaldo Rizzo, who also was friends with Dubin, testified through tears that a 15-year-old Swedish girl explained to him how Maxwell tried to force her to have sex with Epstein by threatening her, including stealing her passport.
He said the young girl was “distraught” when she approached him and was “shaking, I mean literally quivering.”
“I asked her, did you contact your parents and she says no,” Rizzo testified. “At that point, she says, I’m not supposed to talk about this.”
In July, a tentative trial date for Epstein’s case was set by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman for June 8, 2020. During that brief hearing, Epstein appeared more active than his previous appearance and was seen whispering with his attorneys.