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Jeffrey Epstein documents unsealed

Jan 3, 2024, 5:09 PM | Updated: 5:23 pm

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(CNN) — Hundreds of pages of unsealed documents from a lawsuit connected to accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein were publicly released on Wednesday. The documents are expected to include nearly 200 names, including some of Epstein’s accusers, prominent businesspeople, politicians and potentially more.

This is the first set of documents to be unsealed as part of a December 18 court order; more are expected as part of the order.

CNN is now reviewing the documents.

The documents are filings from a settled case brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman who claimed Epstein sexually abused her as a minor and that Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, aided in the abuse.

The newly unsealed documents include such filings as depositions from Maxwell and Giuffre.

Many of the alleged victims and associates have given public interviews and have already been identified in the media. Inclusion in the newly un-redacted documents is not an indication of wrongdoing or lawbreaking.

Some victims’ names remain redacted due to the sensitive nature of the crimes, according to court filings.

Epstein was indicted in 2019 on federal charges of operating a sex trafficking ring in which he allegedly sexually abused dozens of underage girls.

Epstein died by suicide in jail while awaiting trial. Prosecutors in New York indicted Maxwell on sex trafficking charges involving multiple victims. She was convicted in 2021.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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Jeffrey Epstein documents unsealed