The judge who presided over the 2016 defamation case against Ghislaine Maxwell, the disgraced ex-colleague of Jeffrey Epstein, brought by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, has ordered the release of additional court documents that will reveal the identities of several individuals who had previously attempted to conceal their identities.
The judge stated that the case has been resolved and that many of the defendants’ identities have been revealed via later court actions or other methods. At least one of the “John Does” is a victim who has spoken publicly about her experiences. One of the “John Does” is Maxwell’s former personal assistant, who faces her own allegations.
Due to these factors, Judge Loretta Preska ruled on Friday that the public interest outweighed privacy concerns and that a substantial amount of “purportedly sensitive information” had already been revealed during Maxwell’s 2021 trial. Therefore, she ordered the release of more records.
These persons are currently referred to as Does 12, 28, 97, 107, 144, 147, 171, and 183 in court records.
Tom Pritzker, a millionaire and the executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels, is among the identities published. He is also related to J. B. Pritzker, the Democratic governor of Illinois. Tom Pritzker sought to disguise his identity, but Preska disregarded his explanation. Even though his name was mentioned in a deposition, a witness stated that he or she did not recognize Pritzker, according to Preska.
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Giuffre has previously alleged that Epstein and Maxwell forced her to have sex with Pritzker and other high-profile men, including Prince Andrew of Britain; Bill Richardson, the former Democrat governor of New Mexico; and Glenn Dubin, a wealthy hedge-fund manager, the Daily Beast reports. All of the men have denied the accusations against them.
The documents also release the name of Emmy Tayler, Maxwell’s former assistant. Preska elected to release documents with Tayler’s name because she had already been mentioned in other court documents. Tayler had also filed her own lawsuit against Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald, alleging that Brown misrepresented her in a book about Epstein. Though Tayler has also been accused of sexually abusing minors, she, too, has denied the accusations. CONTINUE READING…