U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein takes own life in prison

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein takes own life in prison

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein takes own life in prison

Prosecutors also said there was a high risk Epstein would use his wealth to flee from his charges.

Disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein has taken his own life in prison ahead of facing trial on sex trafficking charges, according to local media.

"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.

However, Epstein's release didn't quiet the storm, as more allegations continued, with his recent arrest came after allegations surfaced that he was recruiting minors to his houses in Palm Beach and NY for sexual abuse.

Virginia Giuffre's husband woke her early on Sunday to tell her Epstein had been found dead in his NY jail cell, where he was being held accused of orchestrating a sex trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14.

Attorney General Bill Barr said Saturday there would be an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide, according to his statement. McCawley urged authorities to continue their investigation, focusing on Epstein associates who she said "participated and facilitated Epstein's horrifying sex trafficking scheme". The records contain graphic allegations against Epstein, as well as the transcript of a 2016 deposition of Epstein in which he repeatedly refused to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with Michael Gold of the New York Times about Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide this morning in Manhattan. One person named is former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. She has previously identified Epstein's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, 80, and Prince Andrew, 59.

The unsealing of the court documents was previewed last month by Vanity Fair, which linked Mitchell to them and included a statement from him denying the allegations.

Giuffre and the others are hopeful the government will focus its investigation on those who allegedly facilitated or participated in "Epstein's horrifying sex trafficking scheme", McCawley said.

Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for some of his alleged victims, said they "would have preferred he lived to face justice".

According to one newspaper article, Clinton dined with Epstein as early as 1995.

"So what the first move is by many of these very, very good and assertive lawyers or aggressive lawyers is that they will then freeze the assets in the estate so that they can not be dispersed by the executor to the heirs or to charities, whatever Jeffrey Epstein may have left them to in a will if he left a will", Klieman said. Rizzo said that the girl was so distraught she couldn't recall how she got back to the US mainland, but that it was Maxwell who returned her to the Dubin residence in NY. "Regardless of his untimely death, our case will move forward".

She said she was reading a book on massage therapy one day when she was approached by Maxwell, who noticed the book and told her she knew someone seeking a travelling masseuse.

What happens to Epstein's estate?

His apparent suicide in federal custody in NY prompted outrage among lawyers seeking justice for victims and set off a Department of Justice probe.

The financier killed himself after New York court documents were revealed that showed the extent of his abuse of young girls at his home in Palm Beach, New York and the Virgin Islands.

But Epstein also enjoyed surrounding himself with women much younger than he, including Russian models who attended his cocktail parties and attractive women he flew aboard his plane, according to the Vanity Fair profile. Wasting no time, an organization called Morse Genealogical Services unveiled a website soliciting information regarding unknown children potentially fathered by Epstein. None of them was mentioned in the indictment against Epstein.

Dr. Barbara Sampson said a city medical examiner performed the autopsy Sunday while a private pathologist observed the examination at the request of Epstein's representatives.

Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month.

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