167 documents from lawsuit of Jeffrey Epstein participated in a sex-trafficking ring should be unsealed—and that many of his powerful friends could be named.
In its 27-page decision, the court cited the public’s right to access the case information outweighed the privacy of certain individuals, “including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.”
The documents will not be immediately available, as anonymous individuals involved in the case have two weeks to file appeals.
The documents were filed in a mostly-secret case pitting alleged Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre against the multi-millionaire’s alleged madam, Ghislane Maxwell.
The contentious case is believed to feature salacious allegations about the sex habits of Epstein’s famous friends. The disgraced hedge fund manager once socialized with the likes of Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and President Trump.
He was allowed to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, despite evidence of an international sex trafficking operation.
The court advised the documents be read carefully. “We therefore urge the media to exercise restraint in covering potentially defamatory allegations, and we caution the public to read such accounts with discernment,” wrote the court in its decision.