Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, 66, kills himself in his Manhattan jail cell, 24 hours after files in his case were unsealed and two weeks after he was placed on suicide watch ahead of his sex trafficking trial
- Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead inside his New York City jail cell
- His body was found early Saturday morning, with three law enforcement sources saying his cause of death was suicide by hanging
- Epstein was arrested on July 6 on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking, and was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail
- He was placed on suicide watch following after a first attempt to take his own life inside his jail cell on July 24
- Epstein’s death comes just 24 hours after court documents detailing his sexual abuse of underage girls were unsealed by the courts
- The explosive documents included claims from Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slave’ that she was required to have intercourse with a number of powerful men
Jeffrey Epstein has committed suicide inside his New York City jail cell.
The billionaire pedophile was found dead around 7.30 am on Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan.
The 66-year-old hanged himself, according to law enforcement sources.
Epstein was awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking and was being held at the high-security complex without bail.
The financier – who once boasted high-profile friends including Prince Andrew and President Bill Clinton – was arrested on July 6, accused of arranging to have sex with dozens of underage girls at his residences in New York City and Florida between 2002 and 2005.
He had plead not guilty to the charges.
The shocking news of Epstein’s death comes just two weeks after he was hospitalized following a first suicide attempt inside his prison cell.
Jeffrey Epstein has committed suicide inside his New York City jail cell. His body was found by guards around 7.30 on Saturday morning
Epstein hanged himself at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center where he was being held without bail on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking
On July 24, Epstein was rushed to hospital under police guard after he was discovered semi-conscious on the floor of his prison cell in the fetal position.
He spent several hours receiving medical attention before he was transported back to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Epstein was said to be on suicide watch, although The New York Times reports that it is unclear whether additional measures had been put in place to ensure the pedophile did not try to take his own life for a second time.
The billionaire’s death comes just one day after the court unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents detailing the lurid allegations of his sexual abuse of underage girls.
On Friday morning, a federal appeals court unsealed the explosive documents pertaining to a 2015 lawsuit that Virginia Roberts Giuffre had filed against Epstein’s associate, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre claimed Epstein and Maxwell kept her as a ‘sex slave’ in the early 2000s, whilst she was underage.
The unsealed papers – which made international news on Friday – implicated a number of high-profile men in sex scandals.
In a May 3, 2016 deposition, Giuffre alleged that she was trafficked by the pair to have sex with and provide erotic massages for politicians and affluent businessmen.
Giuffre claimed dthat she was ‘instructed’ by Maxwell to have sex with both George Mitchell, a former Senate Majority leader who represented Maine from 1980-95, and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Epstein is pictured with his associate and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005. On Friday, explosive court documents pertaining to a 2015 lawsuit filed against Maxwell were unsealed. Their contents implicated a number of high-profile men in sex scandals
Epstein had pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005. He is pictured in 2005
Epstein’s shocking suicide comes just 24 hours after court documents from Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured) were unsealed. Giuffre claims she was trafficked out by the pair to have sex with a number of high-powered businessmen and politicians