The release of a second batch of court documents related to Jeffrey Epstein has unveiled shocking allegations and named several high-profile individuals. The documents, part of a since-settled defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, include claims that former President Bill Clinton allegedly “stormed into the Vanity Fair newsroom and ‘threatened’ staffers” to prevent the publication of sex trafficking stories about Epstein, described as his “good friend.”
The claim about Clinton, included in the latest batch of files tied to Epstein released Thursday night, was mentioned by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre in a 2011 email exchange with a journalist from the Daily Mail, Sharon Churcher.
The scribe was advising Giuffre on whether to do an interview and sell a photo to the publication. Churcher was offering to help her land a book deal at the time.
“When I was doing some research into VF yesterday, it does concern me what they could want to write about me considering that B.Clinton walked into VF and threatened them not to write sex-trafficing [sic] articles about his good friend J.E,” Giuffre wrote in the email. Bill Clinton allegedly stormed into the Vanity Fair newsroom and “threatened” staffers to not publish stories about sex trafficking allegations against “his good friend” Jeffrey Epstein, per the new documents.
The documents are expected to name more than 170 Epstein associates, ex-employees, and victims in total, with around 250 documents set to be unsealed in total.
The first 40 documents released mention figures whose names were already known, including high-profile friends of Epstein’s and victims who have spoken publicly.
The unsealed documents also include fresh details about the financier’s sexual abuse of teenage girls and provide a glimpse into how he leveraged his powerful connections.epstein-documents-943-pages