Bill Clinton “threatened” a prominent magazine and told its employees not to publish articles about Jeffrey Epstein, new court documents reveal.
The claim was made in an email written by Virginia Giuffre – Epstein First publicly accused – in 2011.
In a letter to a journalist, Ms Giuffre claimed the former US president entered the offices of Vanity Fair magazine and said stories about his “dear friend” should not be written.
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“This categorically did not happen,” former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter told the Daily Telegraph.
Ms. Giuffre was preparing to publish a new book at the time, and describes her anxiety about what the magazine might publish about her.
Clinton is among several high-profile figures named in court filings related to Ghislaine Maxwell, her relationship with Epstein and alleged victims of sexual assault.
In documents released Wednesday, Epstein allegedly said Clinton “likes them young, referring to girls.”
Back in 2019, a spokesperson for the former president said he “has not spoken to Epstein in more than a decade” and “knew nothing about the terrible crimes.”
There is no indication of any wrongdoing by Clinton, and Sky News has contacted his organization to respond to the latest court documents.
Epstein – a disgraced financier – has been accused of abusing underage girls as young as 14 years old. In 2019, he committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell He is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of helping recruit and groom teenagers to molest Epstein.
Names mentioned in unsealed documents
Why are the files being released now?
Prince Andrew informed the police
Sexual assault allegations against the Duke of York have also resurfaced in unsealed court documents.
Republic, a lobby group calling for the abolition of the monarchy, reported Prince Andrew to the police after the filings were made public.
The group's chief executive, Graham Smith, is urging the Metropolitan Police to reopen their investigations, and called on the monarch to make a public statement on the matter.
“So far, there appears to have been no serious criminal investigation, no interview with the accused or other witnesses, and no clear justification for not taking action,” Smith said.
Prince Andrew He has strongly denied the accusations against him in the past.
In 2022, he settled a civil case out of court with Virginia Giuffre after she claimed she was sexually assaulted by the prince when she was 17 years old.
This settlement, reportedly worth up to £12 million, did not carry any admission of guilt.
Buckingham Palace, which no longer speaks on behalf of the duke after he stepped down as a working royal in 2019 over his friendship with Epstein, has not commented on the documents.
Among the unsealed files was evidence provided by Joanna Sjoberg, who worked as a masseuse for Epstein.
She claimed that Prince Andrew groped her breasts while sitting on the sofa inside Epstein's Manhattan apartment in 2001.
In other court documents, Ms Giuffre claims she was sexually trafficked to the Duke and “two of the most respected politicians in the world” – but their names remain redacted.
Another filing shows that Ghislaine Maxwell claimed a journalist helped “concoct” the allegations against Prince Andrew and knew they were “false”.
More documents are emerging
The unsealed court documents relate to a civil suit Ms. Giuffre filed in 2015 against Maxwell, who was Epstein's former girlfriend and manager.
Ms Giuffre was suing Maxwell for defamation after her spokesman issued a statement calling her claims “obvious lies”.
In December, New York District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that papers related to the case should no longer remain secret, as many of the individuals mentioned had already given media interviews.
About 60 documents have been released so far, and about 190 more are scheduled to enter the public domain in the coming days.
As a result, the names of dozens of Epstein's associates have been revealed, although many of them are not accused of wrongdoing.
Among the people referred to in the files are Michael Jackson, Donald Trump, Stephen Hawking, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz.