- Ghislaine Maxwell has ended her fight to keep the names of eight “John Does” sealed, her lawyer said in a letter.
- The letter said the listed “Does” had legal counsel to assert their “own respective privacy rights.”
- This follows efforts by the legal team of Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, to identify the ‘John Does’.
Ghislaine Maxwell will no longer fight to keep the names of eight “John Does” secret, according to one of her lawyers.
Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre have asked a judge to unseal documents from an earlier civil action she brought against Ghislaine Maxwell, MailOnline has reported.
In a letter to Judge Loretta Preska, which was published by LadBible, Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger said Wednesday that her client would leave it to the court to decide whether the names should be unsealed.
“Each of the names listed has attorneys who have skillfully asserted their own respective privacy rights,” the letter, submitted by Menninger, states.
The fact that Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein who was convicted of five sex trafficking charges, no longer opposes the unsealing does not necessarily indicate that all names will be released, the Independent reported. .
But it follows an effort by the legal team of Virginia Giuffre, who is suing Prince Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her, to have the ‘John Does’ identified.
“Now that Maxwell’s criminal trial is over, there is no longer any reason to retain protection over the vast swathes of information about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex trafficking operation that was originally filed under seal in this case,” said Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer for Giuffre. , according to a letter seen by the Independent.
According to MailOnline, six of the ‘John Does’ opposed the sealing. One of them, 17-year-old John Doe, wants to keep his identity a secret to avoid “boredom and embarrassment”, the outlet reported.
Another, ‘John Doe 151’, said releasing his name would lead to him being ‘hounded’ by the media, and added he wanted to maintain a ‘privacy’, MailOnline told.
The decision by Maxwell’s legal team not to fight the potential unsealing of the name came the same day a federal judge dismissed Prince Andrew’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit from Giuffre.
As Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reported, it was just one element of Prince Andrew’s worst week yet.