Jimmy Kimmel has threatened to legal actions against an American football player over suggestions the presenter’s name may appear on Jeffrey Epstein’s client list.
Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback for the New York Jets, said on ESPN’s Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday: “There’s a lot of people, including Jimmy Kimmel, really hoping that doesn’t come out.
“I’ll tell you what, if that list comes out, I definitely will be popping some sort of bottle,” Rodgers added.
The documents are set to be made public after a court ruling in December.
The individuals due to be named were given 14 days to appeal against the judge’s decision, meaning the details are likely to be released in early January.
Kimmel wrote on X: “Dear Aa**hole: for the record, I’ve not met, flown with, visited, or had any contact whatsoever with Epstein, nor will you find my name on any ‘list’ other than the clearly-phony nonsense that soft-brained wackos like yourself can’t seem to distinguish from reality.
“Your reckless words put my family in danger. Keep it up and we will debate the facts further in court. @AaronRodgers12.”
Rodgers, who sparked controversy with his anti-vaccine stance, had previously been branded as a “tin-foil hatter” by Kimmel and mocked on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Kimmel is set to host the Oscars for the fourth time in March.