Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire charged with child sex trafficking, committed suicide in his New York prison cell while awaiting trial on sex charges.
Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center on Saturday August 10, said the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The Fire Department were called at 6.39am on Saturday ,to reports that Epstein, 66, was in cardiac arrest, was reportedly transported from the jail to New York Downtown Hospital where he was found to be in cardiac arrest at the time of arrival before being confirmed dead.
The billionaire’s shock death comes just two weeks after the 66-year-old jetsetter was placed on suicide watch when found slumped in jail with neck injuries.
At the time, it was not clear whether the bruises were self-inflicted or from an assault by another inmate – reported to be a hulking ex cop facing the death penalty over four drug killings
News of Epstein’s apparent suicide will spark outrage among his “victims” who will be furious he has dodged justice.
Epstein’s death meant the full story of the powerful political figures and celebrities potentially connected to his alleged sex ring may never be told.
His lawyers initially refused to rule out foul play, fueling conspiracy theories that his death will silence further damaging revelations.
Epstein, 66, died the day after a tranche of documents were released in a civil case in which Virginia Giuffre, who claimed to have been his teen “sex slave,” had sued Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, Epstein’s former girlfriend, for defamation.
Mrs Giuffre, now 35, had claimed to have had sex with the Duke of York when she was 17. The duke has always categorically denied the allegations, which were struck from court record in 2015 after being described as “immaterial and impertinent” by the judge.
Another document describes an alleged sexual encounter between Ms Giuffre, now 35, and Andrew in a bathtub.