Jeffrey Epstein Dies In Prison Ahead Of Sex Trafficking Trial

The billionaire was accused of luring dozens of girls as young as 14 to his luxury homes and paying them for sex acts.

Jeffrey Epstein has died in prison where he was being held ahead of his sex trafficking trial.

Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday morning, from an apparent suicide. He was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 66-year-old billionaire – who was convicted on federal prostitution charges in 2008 – was arrested July 6 on charges of sex trafficking underage girls and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein

After being deemed a flight risk, he was denied bail and held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

A memo from the US Department Of Justice reveals that Epstein was in a Special Housing until within the jail.

The FBI has confirmed it will be investigating his death:

Last month, Epstein was found semiconscious in his cell, with marks on his neck. Prison officials treated his injuries as a possible attempted suicide, a law enforcement official told The New York Times at the time.

On Friday, a cache of court documents involving Epstein’s accusers were unsealed.

They contain rafts of allegations against him, his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell and other powerful men, including Prince Andrew.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was being held
The Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was being held

In the documents, Johanna Sjoberg, an alleged Epstein victim, said Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001.

Buckingham Palace said the allegations are “categorically untrue”.

Epstein’s death means his trial will not go ahead but Lisa Bloom, a high-profile lawyer representing three of his alleged victims, has stated her intent to continue proceeding with civil cases.

She tweeted: “On behalf of the victims I represent, we would have preferred he lived to face justice.

“Our civil cases can still proceed against his estate. Victims deserve to be made whole for the lifelong damage he caused. We’re just getting started.”

Epstein’s downfall spans decades and begins in the 1980s when the New Yorker built a hugely successful career as a financier, eventually forming a company that only managed the assets of individuals worth more than a billion dollars.

Mingling with, and managing the wealth of, the global elite allowed Epstein to form not only business relationships, but also friendships with people such as film director Woody Allen and then-businessman Donald Trump.

There has been no suggestion that Epstein’s conduct was widely known or approved of by friends or business associates.

Epstein was generous – his private Boeing 727-200 jet took Clinton and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker on a tour of African countries in September 2002.

But behind the champagne, parties and globe-trotting there was a far darker and seedier side to Epstein’s life. His private island in the US Virgin Islands was sometimes referred to as “Orgy Island” or the “Island of Sin”, and his private jet was dubbed the “Lolita Express”.

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