Accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell on Friday shed her bid to publicly identify alleged victims in courtroom filings in the felony case from her.
A judge sided with prosecutors in the situation, who argued that witnesses could be subject to “harassment and intimidation” if they are named publicly in the case.
“Deciding to participate in or lead to a felony investigation or prosecution is a far different subject than basically creating a community assertion ‘relating to’ Ms. Maxwell or Jeffrey Epstein, notably given that these a statement may have transpired many years in the past and have no relevance to the fees in this circumstance,” Judge Alison Nathan wrote in the get denying Maxwell’s request.
“These individuals continue to preserve a sizeable privacy desire that must be safeguarded,” she added.
Maxwell’s attorneys experienced argued numerous alleged victims of Epstein had previously identified themselves in the press and experienced “benefitted” from that exposure.
In response, prosecutors explained it’s “offensive” to declare that speaking out as a sex-crime survivor could have a profit.
“Beyond the offensive idea that victims of sexual abuse encounter a ‘benefit’ by creating the unbelievably tricky determination to share their knowledge publicly, the recommendation that victims who get this meant ‘benefit’ ought to obtain less protections than the law ordinarily gives to victims in felony scenarios is alarming,” Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller wrote.