Jeffrey Epstein found dead in cell ahead of sex trafficking trial

Jeffrey Epstein found dead in cell ahead of sex trafficking trial

"The fact that Epstein took his own life within 24 hours of the unsealing of detailed and devastating documents and exhibits in Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit. which informed the public of the scope, scale and sophistication of the worldwide sex trafficking operation Epstein conducted, is no coincidence", Sigrid McCawley, an attorney for Giuffre and other alleged victims, said.

Epstein, accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then sexually abusing them at various locations, was shrouded in mystery.

The multimillionaire hedge fund manager's death from an apparent suicide Saturday in his cell ends the criminal case against him, but what does that mean for his accusers' quest for justice? He socialized with princes and presidents, and lived on a 100-acre private Caribbean island and one of the biggest mansions in NY.

His latest arrest came after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of soliciting prostitution and served 13 months in prison - USA prosecutors in that state agreed not to charge him with federal offenses.

He was facing fresh charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy with a possible jail sentence of up to 45 years.

The 66-year-old financier was a registered sex offender in Florida. Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, August 10.

Staff tried to revive him, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Even though Epstein was found unconscious last month, he had recently been taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates in danger of taking their own life, according to the source.

However, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said there was no such block.

A little over two weeks ago, Epstein was found on the floor of his cell with bruises on his neck.

It was completely unclear how he received these injuries.

Attorney General William Barr, calling for an investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general's office, said he was "appalled" to learn of Epstein's death while in federal custody.

Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein died of apparent suicide Saturday morning while awaiting trial.

Authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, knew about Epstein's penchant for underage girls and lined up victims for him.

The New York City medical examiner's office hasn't determined his manner of death.

Attorney Bradley Edwards, who represents multiple Epstein accusers, believes there are still more unidentified victims who may come forward. Although he was a registered level three sex offender in NY and pled guilty in 2008 to procuring an underage female for prostitution purposes, he served a sentence of only a few months before being released in 2009. They argued that the new charges were improper because they covered largely the same ground as the non-prosecution agreement.

Marc Fernich, one of Epstein's lawyers, said in an emailed statement that there's "plenty of blame to go around" for the "unthinkable tragedy", including prosecutors, politicians, judges, jailers, plaintiffs' lawyers and the media.

The other prominent accused men also denied encounters with the victim and said they were unaware that Epstein, with whom they associated, might be involved in his illegal activity.

Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a statement Saturday that the investigation into the allegations "remains ongoing" despite the Epstein's death, according to National Public Radio and legal analysts say it likely puts increased pressure to hold others associated with the allegations accountable. Araoz alleged that Epstein raped her in his NY mansion in the early 2000s when she was 15. Honey his accuser told a soutce tagt she was angry that while she has to live the scars of his abuse forever, he won't live to face the consequences for his heinous crimes.

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