Jeffrey Epstein Dies by Suicide While in Jail on Sex Trafficking Charges
The disgraced billionaire was accused of luring underage girls to his home for sex.
Jeffery Epstein, the disgraced billionaire accused of luring underage girls to his home for sex, has died by suicide.
Epstein died on Saturday morning, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed. He was found unresponsive in his jail cell at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center at 6:30 a.m. Staff who found him performed life-saving measures before he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The financier hanged himself, according to multiple reports.
It had been reported that Epstein was place on suicide watch after he was found semi-conscious in his cell with marks on his neck in late July. After being checked out by doctors and given the all-clear, Epstein was back in his cell.
He was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, according to several reports.
Epstein was taken into custody July 6 and was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, to which the 66-year-old pleaded not guilty. FBI agents raided his Manhattan home and said they uncovered “an extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially-nude young women or girls,” according to court documents.
A judge ruled that he would stand trial in June 2020. He was denied bail, considered a flight risk and a threat to the community.
On Saturday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he was "appalled" to learn of Epstein's death while in federal custody and that the incident raises "serious questions." He said he spoke with the inspector general, who will also be investigating Epstein's death.
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