On Saturday officials announced that Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was indicted on sex trafficking charges was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell of an apparent suicide.
Epstein hanged himself. His body was discovered around 7:30 a.m. in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. A report by the New York Post stated that a gurney was wheeled out of the facility just after 7:30 a.m. Saturday and taken to a nearby hospital following an apparent 911 call reporting a cardiac arrest.
Epstein, 66 was charged last month by federal prosecutor. He was charged with sex trafficking girls as young as 14. Epstein was a rich financier, who owned multiple luxury homes, a private jet and his friend’s circle included a list of the rich and famous including Donald Trump.
For decades, Epstein has been followed by accusations that he paid young girls for sexual acts. He escaped criminal charges back in 2008 after a widely criticized plea deal allowed him to plea to solicitation of a minor and he served only 13 months in jail.
Back in July, after Epstein was denied bail it was reported that he was found unconscious in his cell with bruises on his neck. Officials investigated the incident as an attempted suicide. It is unclear if Epstein had been put on a “suicide watch.”
On Friday, legal documents connected to Epstein’s case were released by a federal appeals court. The documents revealed disturbing new details about the things that happened at Epstein’s residence. The documents also revealed information on how his associated recruited young girls. Some of the girls had been recruited from a specific Florida high school.
The released documents included police reports, depositions, receipts, photographs, flight logs and even a memoir written by a woman that claims she was a victim of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
The unsealed documents were all part of a defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre back in 2015 against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion. That lawsuit was settled before it went to trial in 2017. For over a decade, Maxwell helped to manage Epstein’s homes and helped him recruit young girls.
Epstein faced the possibility of 45 years in jail.
Epstein’s death denies victims and their advocates their day in court and any sense of justice. Reportedly, the case will now focus on anyone else that can be held accountable to bring justice to an unknown number of girls whose childhoods were stolen from them in the most horrific and demeaning way.