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Ghislaine Maxwell Will No Longer Fight To Keep Names Of Eight ‘John Does’ Secret

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Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre have asked Judge Lorretta Preska to unseal the names of eight ‘John Does’ from a previous civil lawsuit.

Giuffre’s legal team requested for the material from a prior civil lawsuit against Maxwell to be unsealed.

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Now, in a letter to Judge Preska, Laura Menninger, one of the attorneys working for Maxwell, said their client will leave the decision to unseal the names up to the court.

Ghislaine Maxwell. (Alamy)Alamy

Previously, Maxwell had thought to keep the names of the ‘John Does’ a secret. The letter from Menninger reflected this update.

It read, per MailOnline:

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After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by [the eight Non-Party Does], counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections.

Each of the listed Does has counsel who have ably asserted their own respective privacy rights. Ms. Maxwell therefore leaves it to this Court to conduct the appropriate review consistent with the Order and Protocol from Unsealing Decided Motions.

However, this update does not necessarily mean that the names will be made public, but it does mean that Maxwell is no longer opposing their release.

Guiffre’s attorney, Sigrid McCawley, wrote a letter relating to the request, which was obtained by The Independent.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein at Balmoral. (US District Attorney’s Office)US District Attorney’s Office
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It said:

Now that Maxwell’s criminal trial has come and gone, there is little reason to retain protection over the vast swaths of information about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex-trafficking operation that were originally filed under seal in this case.

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Six of the ‘John Does’ have reportedly objected to the sealing being lifted, with one saying that they wish to keep their identity anonymous to avoid ‘annoyance and embarrassment’.

Another added that revealing his name would cause him to be ‘hounded’ by the media and that he wishes to keep a ‘private life’.

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The news comes after a judge denied Prince Andrew’s attempts to dismiss the case Giuffre had filed against him.

Ghislaine Maxwell court sketch (Alamy)Alamy

Andrew had requested for the case brought against him to be dismissed. During a hearing on January 12, presided over by Judge Lewis A Kaplan, Judge Kaplan denied the request and the case is set to continue.

Following the decision, Giuffre’s attorney David Boies relayed her feelings.

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Boies said, per The Independent:

Virginia Giuffre is, of course, pleased that Prince Andrew’s motion to dismiss has been denied, and that evidence will now be taken concerning her claims against him.

They went on to add that Giuffre ‘looks forward to a judicial determination of the merits of those claims’.

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Shola Lee

Shola Lee began her journalism career while studying for her undergraduate degree at Queen Mary, University of London and Columbia University in New York. She has written for the Columbia Spectator, QM Global Bloggers, CUB Magazine, UniDays, and Warner Brothers' Wizarding World Digital. Recently, Shola took part in the 2021 BAFTA Crew and BBC New Creatives programme before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories, and features.

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