Judge in Epstein case to hear arguments over possible release of new court records

The day after an attorney asked a Manhattan federal court judge not to release his client’s identity in connection to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex crimes, a different lawyer on Wednesday revealed that as many as "1,000 names" could be implicated if court records are unsealed.

Attorney Nicholas Lewin submitted the letter on Tuesday on behalf of his client, a John Doe,  claiming the information released could be “life-changing" and citing the mysterious man's "reputational rights," court records show.

At Wednesday morning's hearing, a judge heard arguments from attorneys representing Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator, Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as one of Epstein's victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, among others over whether or not to release a trove of previously sealed court records.

Maxwell’s attorney, Jeff Pagliuca, noted that one of the court records, an address book, features “1,000 names” that could possibly be implicated if the documents are unsealed.

The judge has not yet released her decision on the matter.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has already made public more than 2,000 pages in the since-settled defamation lawsuit filed against Maxwell by Giuffre.

The first release of court records – unsealed the day before Epstein's death – contained graphic claims against Epstein and several of his former associates. Giuffre alleges she was trafficked internationally to have sex with prominent American politicians, business executives and world leaders.


Epstein – who was reportedly worth more than $550 million – was indicted in July on charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, according to court records.

He was found unconscious on the morning of Aug. 10, in his jail cell at lower Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. The New York City medical examiner determined Epstein had committed suicide by hanging.

The Associated Press and Fox News' Marta Dhanis contributed to this story