Jeffrey Epstein Found Dead in Jail, Officials Say wsj.com

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Financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, law enforcement officials say.

Mr. Epstein, 66 years old, was being held pending trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

About two weeks ago, officials moved Mr. Epstein to a suicide-watch unit after he was found unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck.

Mr. Epstein was arrested July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey as he was returning from Paris on his private jet. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan indicted him on two counts related to sex trafficking of minors, which together carry a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.

“We are enormously sorry to learn of today’s news,” Mr. Epstein’s lawyers said in a statement Saturday morning. “No one should die in jail. We cannot confirm rumors as to his cause of death, and we trust that the United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of today’s tragedy.”

Prosecutors accused Mr. Epstein of orchestrating a yearslong sex-trafficking operation in which he and his associates lured dozens of girls—some as young as 14 years old—to his homes in New York and Florida. He recruited them to perform massages in the nude that steadily progressed to masturbation and sex acts, prosecutors said.

Mr. Epstein had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial. At a recent hearing, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman discussed June 2020 as a tentative trial date.

Mr. Epstein had sought to be released from jail and put under house arrest in his Manhattan apartment pending trial. Judge Berman denied his request for bail, saying Mr. Epstein posed too great a danger to the community. Mr. Epstein’s lawyers appealed the decision.

Mr. Epstein’s death doesn’t end the investigation, and other people who participated in the alleged sex-trafficking scheme could still be charged, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Mr. Epstein had been held at a Manhattan jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center, that has housed high-profile inmates such as Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The facility has drawn criticism from staffers, union officials, inmates and attorneys for substandard conditions and a lack of basic amenities, such as books, for inmates.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, who administer the jail, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Mr. Epstein’s death.

The recent charges against Mr. Epstein came more than a decade after Mr. Epstein signed a nonprosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Miami, following an investigation into similar alleged conduct in Florida.

That deal, which had been criticized by victims and some lawmakers as too lenient, guaranteed Mr. Epstein wouldn’t be federally charged and allowed him to plead guilty to two state felonies related to prostitution. He registered as a sex offender and served a 13-month sentence with work-release privileges that let him spend much of his time outside prison.

Renewed scrutiny of the deal, spurred by a series of articles late last year by the Miami Herald, led to the resignation last month of President Trump’s labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, who had been the U.S. attorney in Miami overseeing the agreement.

Mr. Epstein’s legal team planned to argue the Manhattan case is an improper re-do of the Florida case and that the agreement was intended to apply to federal jurisdictions nationally.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said the 2007 deal is only binding in Miami’s federal district and doesn’t stop them from initiating their own case. The Manhattan indictment also covered new alleged conduct that occurred in New York, which wasn’t part of the Florida case, prosecutors said.

Mr. Epstein grew up in a working-class community in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, N.Y. He never graduated from college. Instead, he benefited from good timing, self-promotion and what former associates described as charming intelligence.

Over four decades, Mr. Epstein built a fortune of more than a half-billion dollars through close relationships with a small number of rich and powerful people, such as retail magnate Leslie Wexner, Johnson & Johnson heiress Elizabeth Johnson and hedge-fund billionaire Glenn Dubin.

Mr. Epstein became deeply entwined in their lives, records and interviews show. He served as a private wealth manager, pitching tax-saving strategies, handling prenuptial agreements, estate planning and other personal matters.

Mr. Epstein earned at least $200 million through his yearslong relationship with Mr. Wexner, the founder and chairman of L Brands Inc. Last week, Mr. Wexner accused Mr. Epstein of stealing more than $46 million of his fortune.

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existential1 OP wrote (edited )

Irrespective of his grossness...another person dies in jail...while under suicide watch. And is someone at the jail fired for this? Doesn't seem so. Fuck prisons.

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Stuckinthecity wrote

Prisons are such a crime against humanity and that matters so much more than some rich asshole dying—even though every bone in my body is trying to not say “good.”

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lori wrote

The bad part is that he's probably been 'removed' because of the information he had on others, let's be real. He'd be under constant surveillance and given nothing to hurt himself with if they didn't want him dead.

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videl wrote

probably had some dirt on other rich fucks

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existential1 OP wrote

Bill Clinton, word is.

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mofongo wrote (edited )

A few princes too, I saw a list on Reddit, I'll see if i can find it again.

Edit: here it is:

CW pedophilia

The names:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Britain’s Prince Andrew (whom she has accused before), wealthy financier Glenn Dubin, former senator George Mitchell, now-deceased MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, and modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, as well as “another prince,” a "foreign president," a well-known prime minsiter" and the owner of a “large hotel chain” in France.

And Oh wow this is an amazing piece of journalism so far:

Dubin and Andersson-Dubin were two of Epstein’s closest friends. Eva, a former Miss Sweden who married Glenn in 1994, was a critical factor in Epstein’s reintroduction to New York high society after the financier’s Florida conviction.

Then,

The accusation against Glenn Dubin is even more disturbing considering that Eva vowed to a probation officer that she was “100% comfortable” with Epstein around her own children, while noting she was aware of his conviction of sex with a minor.

Followed by:

The Dubins sought to quickly distance themselves from Epstein after his arrest in New York in early July. Through a spokesperson, the couple said that they were “horrified by the new allegations against Jeffrey Epstein” and “had they been aware of the vile and unspeakable conduct described in these new allegations, they would have cut off all ties and certainly never have allowed their children to be in his presence.” (The new allegations against Epstein are almost identical to the Florida allegations, which made major national news in 2006-2009.)

Yeah....I’m gonna go and say credibility goes to Virginia Giuffre right now despite the list of lawyer statements (and government statements in Britains case) from all of the accused at the beginning of the article.

And her credibility grows:

In a 2003 profile of Epstein for Vanity Fair, the former Senator and Army counterintelligence officer praised Epstein: “He has supported some philanthropic projects of mine and organized a fund-raiser for me once. I would certainly call him a friend and a supporter.” The feeling was mutual, with Epstein regarding Mitchell as “the world’s greatest negotiator.”

And grows:

The subject of a famous 60 Minutes expose on sexual abuse in the modeling industry, Brunel has been linked to the apartments on Manhattan’s East 66th Street where Epstein allegedly housed models; he flew on Epstein’s plane frequently; and he liked to make himself at home at the financier’s Palm Beach mansion, according to testimony from Epstein’s former employees.

They threw this nugget in out of nowhere about Virginia Giuffre’s comments on prince Andrew for the lulz 😂:

(She said Andrew liked to suck her toes).

I’m gonna go and say Virginia Giuffre is probably telling the truth:

Giuffre also said Andrew participated in an orgy with underage girls on Epstein’s so-called “pedophile island.” (Andrew and Buckingham palace deny these claims.)

A 2001 picture of Andrew, with his arm around Giuffre’s waist, surfaced alongside her bombshell story a few years ago. In 2007, another young woman named Johanna Sjoberg told The Daily Mail that Andrew had groped her at a party at Epstein’s mansion.

Sjoberg repeated those claims in a videotaped deposition included in the just-unsealed court documents. She said that she sat on Prince Andrew's lap at Epstein's East 71st Street palace, and that Andrew touched her breast after using a puppet to show what he would do on Giuffre's body (with the puppet touching Giuffre's breast).

^^^^^.

In another deposition included in the unsealed documents, Tony Figueroa, Epstein's former bodyguard, testified that Giuffre told him about threesomes with herself, Maxwell, and Epstein involving “strap-ons,” and claimed that Epstein wanted Giuffre to have sex with Prince Andrew, Maxwell, and “all the other girls.”

Edited for spel

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