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Released Epstein documents reveal additional names from flight lists

The latest round of flight-lists documenting who traveled to Epstein Island was released January 9. This is the last flight-list ordered to be released under the court of law. This last list added to the 4,553 pages of documents released. More than 150 people were included in the flight-lists. The minors on Epstein Island, who performed sexual acts for influential figures, were not included in the released documents.  

The documents were released in response to a lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in jail for assisting Epstein in recruiting girls to work on his island. The lawsuit began in 2017 and was filed by Virginia L. Giuffre, who alleged that she was trafficked by several men who visited Epstein Island and by Epstein himself. She also alleges that she was instructed by Epstein and Maxwell to perform sexual acts for Prince Andrew and Glenn Dublin, a hotel casino owner. 

People on the flight list could appeal for their names to not be released on the documents. Until a judge decides if the name should continue to be redacted, those who do not want to be released in the documents names’ are blocked. 

Another set of released documents detailed how Epstein recruited girls to work for him. Girls were told that they would be paid massage therapists, and they received extra payment if they brought friends with them to Epstein’s Island. 

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Johanna Sjoberg, another woman who was recruited as a massage therapist in her teens, alleged that she saw Michael Jackson, David Copperfield, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump on the island. 

Giuffre was inspired to sue Maxwell when Maxwell told Giuffre she was lying when Giuffre claimed that she was exploited by her and Epstein. One of the emails that was released in response to this lawsuit documents Epstein emailing Maxwell, encouraging her to email Giuffre’s friends and acquaintances and tell them that they will be rewarded for disproving Giuffre’s allegations. 

Epstein allegedly committed suicide in 2019 while he was awaiting trial in Manhattan. Maxwell is currently serving a 20 year sentence in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Ava Smith is a junior at Hart High School. She has been a part of The Smoke Signal since her freshman year. Currently, she is Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper. Last year, she was the Arts and Reviews Editor. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, writing, trying boba from different cafés and spending time with her friends and family.
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