Virginia Roberts Giuffre holds a photo of herself at age 16, when she says Epstein began abusing her sexually.
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal has so far unfolded like a horror movie played on a broken projector: The gruesomeness is clear, but many details remain obscured by sealed court records and confidential settlements Epstein signed with several alleged victims. In the elite worlds of Manhattan, Washington, Palm Beach, and Silicon Valley in which Epstein operated, his former friends and business associates have been left to nervously wait to see who among them might be named as participants in his alleged sex ring.
Today, the resolution is considerably sharper. Following a judge’s order, a federal court released the first batch of thousands of pages of sealed records related to a defamation lawsuit Epstein’s self-described “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed against Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. And the documents, for the first time, reveal the names of powerful men who Giuffre alleges Maxwell and Epstein forced her to have sex with, as well as new details about Epstein’s relationships with Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and Donald Trump. “A lot of important people are going to have a really bad weekend,” one person involved in the litigation told me. (Attorneys for Maxwell and Epstein did not respond to a request for comment.)
Perhaps the most eye-opening of the names is hedge-fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, who Giuffre alleges was the first powerful man Epstein and Maxwell directed her to first have sex with, sometime in 2001. Dubin and Epstein’s friendship has been well documented ever since it was revealed last month that Epstein had invested millions in Dubin’s hedge fund Highbridge Capital and helped engineer JPMorgan’s acquisition of Dubin’s firm. (Epstein had previously dated Dubin’s wife, the former model turned physician Eva Andersson.) After Epstein’s release from a Florida prison in 2010, Andersson reportedly wrote a letter to his probation officer asserting it was okay for Epstein to be around their children. In an email statement, a spokesperson for Dubin wrote: “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations against them in the unsealed court records and categorically reject them.”
Giuffre also alleges Epstein and Maxwell told her to have sex with former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson; former Democratic Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell; the late MIT computer scientist Marvin Minsky; and MC2 model agency cofounder Jean Luc Brunel, as well as an unnamed “prince,” “foreign president,” and owner of “a French hotel chain.” Giuffre previously alleged she had been forced by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew.
A spokesperson for Richardson said in a statement: “These allegations and inferences are completely false…To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls. Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre.”
Mitchell said in a statement: “The allegation contained in the released documents is false. I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre. In my contacts with Mr. Epstein I never observed or suspected any inappropriate conduct with underage girls. I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida. We have had no further contact.”
Brunel’s attorney Andrew Frisch did not respond to a request for comment. Both Dershowitz and Prince Andrew have in the past denied Giuffre’s allegations.
While the contours of Giuffre’s account have been known—she was a 16-year-old who says she was recruited into the massage ring by Maxwell in the summer of 2000 from the spa at Mar-a-Lago—the specificity in which Giuffre and others describe Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking operation add a grisly new dimension to the scandal. There are chilling photographs of Giuffre at Epstein’s Zorro ranch in New Mexico and posing with Prince Andrew and Maxwell at Maxwell’s London flat, and copies of handwritten message pads from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion. (One message about an alleged victim reads: “She is wondering if 2:30 is o.k. She needs to stay in school.”)
Epstein accuser Johanna Sjoberg said under oath that Maxwell approached her on her college campus with the promise of a job answering Epstein’s phones, but within a day she was coerced into having sex with Epstein. Epstein once told her “he needed to have three orgasms a day. It was biological, like eating,” she recalled.
In a sworn deposition, Rinaldo Rizzo, the former house manager at the Dubins’ Palm Beach mansion, described a harrowing incident in which a 15-year-old Swedish girl showed up at the house and said Epstein and Maxwell had tried to force her to have sex at Epstein’s private Caribbean island. When she refused, Maxwell took her passport.
“Was she in fear?” a lawyer asked.
“Yes,” Rizzo recalled.
“You could tell?”
“Yes. She was shaking uncontrollably.”
For those in Epstein’s world who haven’t been named, they’re far from in the clear. The documents today are only the first tranche of many more to come, not to mention evidence produced in Epstein’s criminal trial. “It’s all going to come out,” Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies told me.
The story have been updated.