Unsealed court documents reveal names of Jeffrey Epstein associates but yield limited revelations

While Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are mentioned in the documents, they are not accused of any wrongdoing related to the deceased sex offender.

Recently revealed court papers linked to Jeffrey Epstein include the names of several well-known individuals whose ties to the late sex offender were already known, but the documents offer scant new information about the nature of these relationships.

The documents, comprising hundreds of pages made public in federal court on Wednesday, reference various affluent and influential figures, such as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz. However, most of these associations have been publicly known for years.

Trump is mentioned only sporadically, including in a passage where a deposition witness states she was never asked to engage in sexual activity with him. Clinton, who occasionally traveled on Epstein’s private jet, is mentioned more frequently. Neither Trump nor Clinton face any accusations of misconduct connected to Epstein.

Epstein, a registered sex offender who died by suicide in a Manhattan jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sextrafficking charges, was accused by prosecutors and numerous women of operating a long-running sex-trafficking ring involving the sexual abuse of underage girls.

All men associated with Epstein have consistently denied involvement in his activities. Clinton claimed in 2019 that he was unaware of Epstein’s “terrible crimes,” while Trump, in response to charges against Epstein, stated he hadn’t spoken to him in 15 years and wasn’t a supporter.

The unsealed documents are part of a settled civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s alleged victims, against Ghislane Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend who was convicted in 2021 for her role in recruiting girls for Epstein’s operation.

The material became public following a federal judge’s order to unseal it. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska noted in her order that many references to specific individuals are “not salacious” and may have arisen in deposition questions that were never answered. Some associations with Epstein were already public knowledge, either through media reports or during Maxwell’s trial.

While the unsealed documents lack significant revelations, they offer additional details for observers following the Epstein saga. In a 2016 deposition, Johanna Sjoberg, hired to provide massages to Epstein during college, answered questions about Clinton. She mentioned Epstein saying that Clinton likes young girls, although she clarified she never met the former president.

Sjoberg’s deposition also refuted any sexual interactions with other high-profile figures, including Trump, filmmaker George Lucas, and Dershowitz. Another notable celebrity mentioned in connection to Epstein’s residence is Michael Jackson, although Sjoberg stated she did not provide the pop icon with a massage.