(TheProudRepublic.com) – Many of the dirty secrets about the network serviced by disgraced late financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein seem set to be exposed as more than 170 people linked to him are expected to be named in unsealed court documents as of the start of 2024, according to reports.
The decision to identify the people in question was issued on Monday by Senior US District Judge Loretta Preska of the Southern District of New York, The Daily Caller reports.
Judge Preska ordered the release of documents about numerous unnamed associates of Epstein, ranging from “J. Doe” 003 to 187.
These individuals are believed to encompass a spectrum of friends, recruiters, and victims linked to the disgraced financier.
This ruling emerges from the defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Guiffre, an alleged victim of Epstein, against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s long-time partner.
Maxwell is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence, imposed in June 2022, for her involvement in conspiring with Epstein to abuse minors. She was found guilty of participating in a scheme that exploited underage girls for over a decade.
“The Court stays its order for fourteen days to permit any impacted Doe the opportunity to appeal, after which counsel are asked to confer, prepare the documents for unsealing pursuant to this order, and post the documents on the docket,” the judge’s order stated.
These documents are expected to be made public on January 2, following the expiration of the fourteen-day stay period ending on January 1, The Daily Mail reports.
Prominent figures linked to Epstein include Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, former Obama Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, billionaire Leon Black, intellectual Noam Chomsky, and director Woody Allen, as the Wall Street Journal reported.
Epstein faced charges in July 2019 in Manhattan federal court for alleged sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
The indictment accused him of sexually abusing numerous underage victims between 2002 and 2005, coercing them into sex acts for money across multiple locations, including New York and Palm Beach, Florida.
In August 2019, Epstein was found dead in his New York City jail cell while awaiting trial on these charges.
His death was officially ruled a suicide and occurred in the absence of recorded surveillance footage in the jail facility.
Previously, in 2008, Epstein was convicted in Florida for procuring a child for prostitution and served approximately a year in jail.