United States billionaire Jeffrey Epstein kills self in jail

Sunday, 11 Aug, 2019

Despite that, Epstein had been taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates deemed in danger of taking their own life, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The new indictment in July thus regenerated public outrage over Epstein and his previous trial.

Financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in NY, officials said Saturday.

Last month, he was placed on a suicide watch after he was found in the fetal position in his jail cell with marks on his neck.

He hanged himself, and his body was found Saturday morning, The New York Times and other media said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

In a court filing on July 25, the government said it was pursuing an "ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals" in connection with the case against Epstein. Clinton, Apollo Global Management LLC co-founder Leon Black and Glenn Dubin, co-founder of hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management, have all said they regret associating with him.

The FBI is also investigating, the Justice Department said.

The transcript was included in hundreds of pages of documents placed in a public file by a federal appeals court in NY.

The deposition happened nearly three years before Epstein's July 6 arrest on sex trafficking charges in a case that has brought down a Cabinet secretary and launched fresh investigations into how authorities dealt with Epstein over the years.

Epstein, 66, had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail. Until recently, the same unit had been home to the Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is now serving a life sentence at the so-called Supermax prison in Colorado.

"We need answers. Lots of them", tweeted NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Saturday in a scathing letter to Barr that "heads must roll" after the incident.

The two thousand pages of previously sealed court documents released Friday focused on testimony by a woman who claimed she was Epstein's "sex slave".

"It's absolute rubbish." She also claimed that Giuffre was 17 when she met her.

Epstein, who was once friends with Donald Trump, who flew on his private jet in 1997, had been accused of paying girls under the age of 18 to perform sex acts at his mansions in Manhattan and Florida. The billionaire was then charged with one count of sex trafficking minors and an additional count of engaging in the sex trafficking of minors.

He is also said to paid some his girls to recruit others in a vast network of paedophilia.

Epstein allegedly had an army of recruiters, often not much older than their targets, who would approach vulnerable teens. I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida.

They have all denied knowing anything about his alleged crimes.

Jeffrey Epstein has killed himself in prison ahead of facing trial on sex trafficking charges.

In that case in 2008, a deal allowed Epstein to plead guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges. As labor secretary, Acosta's duties included overseeing human trafficking and worldwide child labor laws.