Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein who has been convicted, does not want to continue fighting to keep secret the identities of eight individuals named in a now-settled civil lawsuit done by the accuser of the sex trafficker, having had a hand in the two’s sex trafficking schemes, as per recent court papers.
The efforts of Virginia Roberts Giuffre to make public the names of some “John Does” may soon come to fruition after Maxwell decided to concede to the longtime accuser’s efforts to reveal their identities. This is according to a letter that Maxwell’s attorney submitted last week. Now, the decision on whether those names will be revealed will come at the hands of Judge Loretta Preska of the New York federal court.
Last week, one of Giuffre’s attorneys asked about the previous objections Maxwell had in unsealing several identities.
Sigrid McCawley wrote: “Now that Maxwell’s criminal trial has come and gone, there is little reason to retain protection over the vast swaths of information about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex-trafficking operation that were originally filed under seal in this case.”
Through her lawyers, Ghislaine Maxwell had objected to revealing the identities of eight John Does, who are known in court papers as “Does 17, 53, 54, 55, 56, 73, 93, and 151.” However, on January 12, Laura Menninger, one of her attorneys, revealed that her client no longer intends to pursue the objections. She also noted that seven of those eight “John Does” have already submitted their objections through their own lawyers.
“After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by Non-Party Does 17, 53, 54, 55, 73, 93 and 151, counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections,” Menninger wrote in the letter.
The letter goes on to say that Maxwell is therefore leaving it to the court to go through an appropriate review that would be consistent with the Order and Protocol for Unsealing Decided Motions.
When will these names be released? Who will be on that list of 8?
Ghislaine Maxwell DROPS fight to keep names of 8 'John Does' secret, Giuffre DEMANDS they go public https://t.co/6IBgesV1ed
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) January 17, 2022
In December, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was convicted with charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy. These are in connection with the recruitment of teenage girls who can be sexually abused by Epstein, her longtime lover. She will have her sentencing done on June 28.
Back in August 2019, Epstein was found hanged to his demise inside a federal detention center in New York City. Both Epstein and Maxwell, his former girlfriend, are known to socialize with celebrities, royals, models, the super-rich, and former presidents.
Giuffre, who is now 38, has accused both Epstein and Maxwell of pressuring or coercing her to have sex with high-status people, including Prince Andrew, Duke of York, from Britain.
Since then, she has filed a civil lawsuit for the alleged sexual assault against Prince Andrew, saying that she was forced to have sex with him thrice back in 2001 when she was only 17 years old. Queen Elizabeth’s son has repeatedly denied her allegations.
Recently, however, Buckingham Palace has announced that Andrew has been stripped of his “military affiliations and Royal patronages.”
A statement from Buckingham Palace regarding The Duke of York: pic.twitter.com/OCeSqzCP38
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 13, 2022