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Accused of being a sexual abuser, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell, with the apparent death by suicide. Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted; Bryan Llenas reports.
Disgraced multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of under-age prostitution, has died in an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell, officials confirmed Saturday.
Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Saturday that he was “shocked” to learn of the death of the Inspector-General would open an investigation into the circumstances of his death. The FBI is also conducting an inquiry.
“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” he said. “In addition to the FBI investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector-General at the opening of an investigation into the circumstances of Mr Epstein’s death.”
The 66-year-old Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City at 6:30 pm life-saving measures were initiated immediately by the responding personnel. He was transported to New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival, officials said.
Law enforcement sources told Fox News that, for the first time in the prison and was in cardiac arrest. Multiple reports are claiming that he hanged himself. An autopsy is pending.
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Marc Fernich, one of Epstein’s attorneys, that the negligence of the government, the judge in the case, and the media for this “unthinkable tragedy.”
“These parties appear to bear some responsibility for this disaster. All of them seem to share Mr. Epstein’s blood on their hands. All of it should be ashamed of their behavior,” he said in a personal statement to Fox News. “I’m going to call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances of Mr Epstein’s death. The public needs to know exactly what happened and why, and how the guards could take action.”
Epstein’s death comes two weeks after a 66-year-old was placed on a suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with wounds to the back of his neck. At the time, it was not clear whether the wounds were self-inflicted or an attack.
He had been taken off suicide watch before he was killed, a person familiar with the matter told the AP. It was not immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch.
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Epstein was first arrested on the 6th of July, about the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his town house on the Upper East Side and waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 to 2005
Epstein allegedly created and maintained by a “web”, and the effect of the 2002 and to at least 2005, which enabled him to have “sexual exploitation and abuse of dozens of underage girls are” in addition to paying the victims to recruit other young girls. Prosecutors said the victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table, where she would perform the massage on Epstein.
At the time of Epstein’s arrest, the public prosecutor’s office said that, they are a treasure trove of photographs of nude and seminude young women and girls, at $77 million Manhattan town house. They say more victims have come forward since the arrest.
He Had pleaded not guilty, and were up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
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His death comes a day after thousands of documents were unsealed Friday in connection with a defamation case against the alleged recruiter, which revealed that dozens of high-profile names, including former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, the former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Virginia and Robert Giuffre, who has long claimed Epstein forced her to have sex with powerful men, alleged in court that Epstein and his colleague Ghislaine Maxwell was next to her as a “sex slave” at the beginning of the year 2000, when she was a minor.
Giuffre claimed to be in the dirt in May 2016, with deposit, to be smuggled in for sex and erotic massage to be a powerful, politicians, foreign leaders, and the well-to-do business men.
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Her attorney, Steven Edwards, has responded to Epstein’s apparent suicide on Saturday, telling Fox News it was “unfortunate and predictable.”
“The fact that Jeffrey Epstein was in a position to commit the selfish act of taking his own life when his world of abuse, exploitation, and corruption revealed in both the unfortunate, and predictable,” he said in a statement. “While we were engaged in a controversial legal battle for more than a decade, this is not the end all were looking for.”
He went on to say, “The victims deserve to see it, Epstein will be held responsible, and he owes it to everyone else, that he’s hurt and has to accept responsibility for all the pain he has caused you. It’s never too late to come forward with information. We will continue to be the victims and will not stop in their pursuit of efficiency and equity.”
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Epstein’s arrest attracted national attention, with a particular focus on the deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and to avoid more serious federal charges.
Federal prosecutors in New York for the re-opening of the probe after investigative reporting by the Miami Herald, stirred up feelings of indignation about that plea bargain.
But his lawyers are arguing that the new charges brought by federal prosecutors in New York have been covered by the deal, and they were wrong. She told me that he hasn’t had any illegal contact with girls because of his 13-month sentence in the Florida keys.
A High-profile attorney Lisa Bloom, who will be presenting some of Epstein’s accusers, tweeted on Saturday that the death represents a “consciousness of guilt.”
He was charged with just two points. But he knew the answer. He knew that he was guilty of, and all of his money could not prevent the inevitability of a conviction. He knew justice would come, and it would not be fair”, she wrote.
David Boies, who represents a number of women reported to be victims of Epstein told Fox News: “This is the end of a chapter, but there’s only one chapter, the struggle to get to the sex traders, the ministry of justice. Jeffrey Epstein is not, and could not have done what he did alone. Justice demands that those who acted with him, are also held accountable for their actions.”
For legal issues, Epstein, who led a life of extraordinary luxury, attracted to powerful people in his path.
He socialized with presidents and governors, and has lived on a 100-acre private island in the Caribbean, and is one of the largest townhouses in New York city. A college dropout, he became a sought-after patron of the arts, from university professors and scientists, and the donation of millions of dollars in donations to Harvard University, and other sources.
However, it was never entirely clear how the middle-class Brooklyn, a mathematics whiz, it was a Wall Street master-of-the-money.
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Epstein’s death is most likely to be questions about how the Bureau of Prisons to care for the well-being of the high-profile inmates. In October, the Boston mobster, James “Whitey” Bulger, was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, which had just been transferred to them.
The Ministry of Justice and the federal Bureau of Prisons does not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, Robert Gearty, Marta Dhanis, Brooke Singman, Travis Fedschun, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.