Sealed court records contain the names of hundreds of third parties who were mentioned in a civil case involving sexual abuse allegations against the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, a federal judge said Wednesday. The unnamed people, including a man identified only as John Doe, will be allowed to object to the release of the documents following a painstaking review of the materials, US District Judge Loretta Preska said. "In some of these documents there are literally a thousand people" mentioned, Preska said, referring to a tranche of filings that includes more than two dozen depositions. The records also include hundreds of pages of investigative reports, said Jeff Pagliuca, an attorney for former Epstein girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.
"There's some work involved in this," he said of the process the attorneys will follow in determining which names to black out. Preska scheduled Wednesday's hearing after an appeals court in New York ordered her to review the records and release "all documents for which the presumption of public access outweighs any countervailing privacy interests." It's not clear who is named in the records, reports the AP, but an attorney for a John Doe warned in court papers Tuesday that the documents may contain "life-changing" disclosures against third parties not directly involved in the litigation. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals has already made public more than 2,000 pages in the since-settled defamation lawsuit filed against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of several dozen women who accused Epstein of sexual abuse.
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