Jeffrey Epstein, who was indicted on sex trafficking charges, reportedly died Friday night by suicide in his Manhattan jail cell.
Law enforcement officials told ABC News that Epstein, 66, died by suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center overnight. The exact timing and circumstances surrounding his death were not immediately clear.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2019
Epstein reportedly hung himself and was found dead in his cell early Saturday morning.
A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center at around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital. A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38 a.m., Fire Department sources told the New York Post.
Billionaire U.S. financier Epstein was arrested in New York on July 6 on charges of sex trafficking. He had been convicted on the same charges back in 2008. However, through a secret agreement with the federal government at the time, he compensated the victims and significantly reduced his sentence.
He’s accused of arranging to have sex with underage girls in the early 2000s at his his Manhattan and Florida residences. Epstein pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Epstein’s home in New York City was raided by law enforcement, and investigators found nude photographs of underage girls, thousands of dollars in cash, dozens of loose diamonds, and a foreign passport from the 1980s with Epstein’s picture and a false name.
The 66-year-old financier was hospitalized in July after he was found unresponsive in what appeared to be a possible suicide attempt. In July Epstein was found injured and in a fetal position inside his cell at a New York City jail.
He was reportedly put on a suicide watch.
How did this happen? Wasn’t he on a suicide watch? https://t.co/QtqY0R7ulA
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 10, 2019
Epstein found dead a day after documents were unsealed implicating several Democrats.
After documents were unsealed yesterday revealing that top Democrats, including @BillClinton, took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s sex island—he was found dead in his cell.
Color me shocked. https://t.co/zkuS3If6ii
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 10, 2019
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claimed that convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell kept her as a sex slave, said that the two trafficked her to multiple high-powered people.
A partial transcript of a September 2016 deposition in a lawsuit was included in hundreds of pages of documents placed in a public file by a federal appeals court in New York.
“The papers included affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit the now-33-year-old woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed against Epstein and his associate, Ghislane Maxwell in 2015,” reported by Fox News
Over 2,000 pages of documents made public by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pertained to a since-settled lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers.