The revelation of documents related to decades of sexual abuse of girls by Jeffrey Epstein concludes

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A final round of legal documents released Tuesday in a court case involving Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of teenage girls was made up of transcripts of testimony that were already largely public and dealt with allegations of misconduct by several rich and influential men whose names have been known for a decade or more.

The open files included a 2016 statement from Virginia Giuffre, a woman who said Epstein sexually abused her and arranged sexual encounters with men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, since she was 17.

It also included a transcript of testimony from Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, who insisted that Giuffre was a liar. There was also a statement from Epstein himself, who declined to answer questions citing his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

These statements had already been made public, although with some phrases or names crossed out.

Overall, the documents released since last week have added few details to what was already known about Epstein’s crimes. They did not contain the explosive revelations or new identities of the abusers that some had predicted.

Epstein, a millionaire money manager, surrounded himself with celebrities, prominent academics and big names in fashion and politics before he was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2006 and accused of paying underage girls for sex. .

He served 13 months in a work release program in prison. Outrage over his plea deal, sparked by a Miami Herald report, led federal prosecutors in New York to file new sex trafficking charges against Epstein in 2019, and he committed suicide in a federal jail cell while awaiting trial. .

Prosecutors also filed charges against Maxwell, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for helping Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.

Dozens of women say Epstein sexually abused them at his homes in New York, Florida, the Virgin Islands and New Mexico.

The documents released this month relate to a 2015 defamation lawsuit that Giuffre filed against Maxwell and was settled in 2017. Most of the court file has been public for years, but public interest in the documents skyrocketed after a judge ordered that some sealed sections be completely released.

Much of the lawsuit revolved around the veracity of Giuffre’s claims that Epstein had flown her around the world to have sexual encounters with billionaires, politicians, royals and heads of state.

She initially kept the names of those men secret, but in a 2014 legal filing, she said her abusers included Prince Andrew, other royal figures whose names she didn’t know, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a network boss hotel company, prominent academics, former US senator George Mitchell, French headhunter Jean Luc Brunel, billionaire Glenn Dubin and law professor Alan Dershowitz, who had represented Epstein.

All of the men named by Giuffre denied her accusations.

Giuffre withdrew her claims about Dershowitz in 2022, saying she “may have made a mistake” in identifying him as an abuser. He said he “was very young at the time” and “it was a very stressful and traumatic environment.” Dershowitz campaigned for documents related to Giuffre’s lawsuit to be unsealed, arguing that they would make his innocence clearer.

Giuffre settled a lawsuit against Prince Andrew in 2022.

Brunel, close to Epstein, committed suicide in a Paris prison in 2022 while awaiting trial accused of raping underage girls.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been victims of sexual abuse unless they go public with their stories, as Giuffre has done.

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