A US court released a new set of documents on Wednesday related to Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier who died by suicide in 2019 while facing sex trafficking charges. Former US President Bill Clinton, pop icon Michael Jackson, and Britain’s Prince Andrew were among those named in the documents.
Epstein, known for his associations with celebrities, politicians, billionaires, and academic figures, had nearly 40 documents made public, largely containing previously released or extensively covered material. More documents are expected to be released in the coming days.
The records included transcripts of interviews with Epstein’s victims, highlighting his connections with famous and powerful individuals, some of whom faced accusations of misconduct.
The newly released documents mentioned Epstein’s past friendship with Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew. While no wrongdoing was proven against Clinton, Prince Andrew had previously settled a lawsuit accusing him of having sex with a 17-year-old girl who traveled with Epstein.
The unsealed documents were related to a 2015 lawsuit filed by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. She accused Epstein of harassing her at his various homes, leading to dozens of women suing him.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, was convicted in 2021 on charges of helping recruit Epstein’s victims and is serving a 20-year prison term. Giuffre’s lawsuit against Maxwell was settled in 2017, with some court documents blacked out or sealed for privacy reasons.
Among the revelations, Johanna Sjoberg, one of Epstein’s accusers, mentioned meeting Michael Jackson at Epstein’s home, stating nothing inappropriate happened. Records also included court memos expressing difficulty in serving subpoenas to some women who had worked for Epstein.
Prince Andrew was implicated in a deposition where Sjoberg claimed he touched her breast during a 2001 photo at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse. Maxwell’s attorneys argued against Clinton’s testimony relevance, while Giuffre’s attorneys sought more time to depose potential witnesses.
While Clinton’s name surfaced, Giuffre never alleged his involvement in illegal behavior. Records also contained depositions of Epstein’s victims, shedding light on their experiences.
The documents mentioned French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, a close associate of Epstein awaiting trial on charges of raping underage girls, who died in a Paris jail in 2022.
Giuffre was questioned about inaccuracies in media reports, including a story quoting her as saying she rode in a helicopter with Clinton and flirted with Trump, which she denied.