A woman connected to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has asked a judge to keep her identity sealed as the names of 170 other former associates of the disgraced financier are set to be released.
The woman, identified as ‘Doe 107’ in court documents, sent a letter on Wednesday to Judge Loretta Preska claiming she lives in a culturally conservative country and would fear for her safety if her name were revealed.
Back in October judge Preska asked a lawyer for the woman to ‘submit an affidavit supporting her assertion that she faces a risk of physical harm in her country of residence and providing detail concerning the hate mail she received,’ as reported by The Messenger.
In the letter to the judge, the woman asked for an additional 30 days to submit an affidavit with the evidence requested, and that Preska clarify whether she is exempt from the unsealing, which was requested by the Miami Herald.
The woman had previously claimed she and the Miami Herald agreed to keep her name and identifying details under seal.
It comes as dozens of Epstein’s high profile associates are in for a New Year’s surprise as they will be named in court documents set to be released in the first days of 2024.
Some 177 people will be identified across hundreds of files which will shed new light on the late financier’s sex trafficking operation and his network of influence.
Preska wrote ‘unsealed in full’ next to the names of 177 Does who are Epstein’s friends, recruiters, victims and others whose names will be revealed when the material is released within the coming weeks.
The material is related to a defamation case brought by Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts in New York against Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Roberts sued Maxwell for defamation in 2016 and while the case was settled, The Miami Herald – which published a bombshell expose of Epstein that led to his arrest in 2019 – sued to get the documents made public.
Some of the Does are identified in the ruling through links to interviews they have given to the media, which the judge cited as a reason why they should not stay private.
They include the housekeepers on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean where some of the worst abuse that he perpetrated was carried out.
In her ruling Judge Preska gave 14 days for any Does who objected to their documents being made public to object, after which they would be unsealed.
There will be documents about one of Prince Andrew’s accusers, who claims he fondled her breasts at Epstein’s New York mansion.
There will also be material about Haley Robson, who was named as a recruiter in police files of Epstein’s original investigation in 2006 in Palm Beach – though she has more recently claimed she was a victim too.
The filing suggests some documents will relate to Jean-Luc Brunel, a French model scout who was close to Epstein and allegedly abused many young women. Brunel hanged himself in a Paris prison cell in 2022 while awaiting trial on a slew of sex charges.
The documents in the case have been released on a rolling basis since 2019 when the first batch were made public days before Epstein also hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Among the revelations in previous batches of documents were emails between Andrew and Epstein in 2015 when Roberts made allegations about him.
In previously released documents in the case Roberts named for the first time other powerful men she alleges that she had sex with including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who died in September.
Other names include wealthy financier Glenn Dubin and now-deceased MIT scientist Marvin Minsky along with ‘another prince’ a ‘foreign president’, a ‘well-known prime minister’ and the owner of a ‘large hotel chain’ in France.