FBI launches an investigation after billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself in prison a day after lawsuit by his ‘sex slave’ was unsealed and named a host of his powerful friends including Prince Andrew
- Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself inside his New York City jail cell on Saturday morning
- He was discovered by prison guards shortly before 7am and was rushed to a nearby hospital
- The 66-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later, and the FBI has now launched an investigation into his death
- Epstein was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail following his arrest on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking last month
- His shock death comes just 24 hours after court documents detailing his sexual abuse of underage girls were unsealed by the courts
- The explosive documents include claims from Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slave’ that she was required to have intercourse with a number of powerful men
- Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death on Saturday, despite the fact he was recently hospitalized after allegedly trying to end his own life
- Attorney General Will Barr has ordered both the FBI and the Inspector General to open investigations into Epstein’s death
Jeffrey Epstein has hanged himself inside his New York City jail cell.
The billionaire pedophile was found in cardiac arrest shortly before 7am on Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.
He was rushed to nearby New York Downtown Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
In a statement, Metropolitan Correctional Center told DailyMail.com that the FBI is now launching an investigation into Epstein’s death.
The former financier, 66, was awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking and was being held at the high-security complex without bail.
Epstein – who once boasted an array of 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.
Epstein’s suicide comes just two weeks after he was hospitalized following what may have been an initial attempt to take his own life.
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.
It has not been confirmed whether Epstein attempted suicide, or whether he may have been attacked inside his prison cell.
The billionaire had been taken off suicide watch before he took his own life on Saturday morning – sparking outrage from Attorney General William Barr who has now vowed to look into the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.
‘Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,’ Barr said in a statement on Saturday afternoon.
‘In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of the death’.
Meanwhile, a number of other high-profile Washington figures have demanded more information as to what happened to Epstein.
Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter shortly after news of the billionaire’s death broke, stating: ‘We need answers. Lots of them’.
2020 Presidential hopefuls Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand also demanded transparency as to the details of Epstein’s death.
Just last week, a lawyer who once represented three women during criminal proceedings against Epstein cast doubt on reports of a suicide attempt.
The attorney, Spencer Kuvin, claimed that the billionaire may have been targeted by influential people on the outside of prison who were scared of being exposed as part ofh his circle.
‘If he goes on trial, everyone he’s been in contact with will ultimately be fair game,’ Kuvin told The Sun.
‘There’s no doubt in my mind that no jail will protect you when there’s powerful people that want to reach you – wherever you are.’
An inside source reportedly told The Daily Beast on Saturday that wealthy Epstein had been extorted by other inmates inside his high-security prison.
The publication further reported that he had been living ‘like a pig in a sty’ over the past few weeks, ‘eating his meals off of the floor and constantly requesting more toilet paper’.
Following news of the Epstein’s death, several purported victims spoke of their anger at the fact the billionaire will not face justice for his alleged crimes.
Jennifer Araoz – who claimed she was a victim aged just 14 – told NBC News: ‘I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court. We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed’.
Attorney Lisa Bloom – who represents three of the billionaire’s alleged sex trafficking victims – shared a statement from one of her anonymous accusers.
‘I will never have a sense of closure now. I am angry as hell that the prison could have allowed this to happen and that I and his other victims will never see him face the consequences for his horrendous actions,’ the statement read.
‘I hope that whoever allowed this to happen also faces some type of consequence. You stole from us, the huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives.’
BOMBSHELL COURT DOCUMENTS UNSEALED
Epstein’s death comes just 24 hours after more than 2,000 pages of documents detailing the lurid allegations of his sexual abuse of underage girls were unsealed to the public.
On Friday morning, a federal appeals court published 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.
They include transcripts of a May 3, 2016 deposition made by Giuffre, in which she alleged that she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with and provide erotic massages for politicians and affluent businessmen.
Giuffre claimed that she was ‘instructed’ by Maxwell to have sex with two high powered Democrats – former Senate Majority George Mitchell and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Both Richardson and Mitchell have denied the allegations.
According to the documents, Giuffre claimed she also had sex with Epstein’s friend Prince Andrew when she was 17 years of age.
The Prince has always denied any wrongdoing and in a 2015 court application, a judge threw out Robert’s allegations that she had sex with the Prince.
The judge ordered the allegations to be struck from the record as being ‘immaterial and impertinent.’
Buckingham Palace also issued on the record statements in January 2015, stating: ‘Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.’
Giuffre was working at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort at the time she met Ghislaine Maxwell, who then went on to introduce her to Epstein.
Epstein is known for his previous friendships with President Trump but Giuffre has denied ever having sexual relationships with the Commander-in-chief.
Epstein was also an associate of President Bill Clinton – but the unsealed court documents reveal that Giuffre similarly denied ever being intimate him.
Giuffre was the first woman to go public with accusations against Epstein – and is the most high profile of his alleged victims.
The alleged ‘sex slave’ has previously recounted how she found herself being shuttled around the world and raped by men three times her age in court papers after she was met Ghislaine Maxwell
‘Epstein had promised me a lot, and I knew if I left I would be in big trouble. I also knew that I was a witness to a lot of illegal and very bad behavior by Epstein and his friends,’ stated one filing.
‘If I left Epstein, he knew all kinds of powerful people. He could have had me killed or abducted, and I always knew he was capable of that if I did not obey him. He let me know that he knew many people in high places… I was very scared, particularly since I was a teenager.’
‘When I was with him, Epstein had sex with underage girls on a daily basis. His interest in this kind of sex was obvious to the people around him,’ she also stated.
‘The activities were so obvious and bold that anyone spending any significant time at one of Epstein’s residences would have clearly been aware of what was going on.’
JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S UNDOING: A TIMELINE OF THE BILLIONAIRE PEDOPHILE’S DOWNFALL
1999 – Virginia Roberts Giuffre is allegedly recruited by Ghislaine Maxwell to became Epstein’s ‘sex slave,’ at 17. She also claimed that he forced her to have sex with his friend Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth.
2002 – Trump tells New York Magazine that his friend Epstein ‘likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.’
2005 – A 14-year-old girl tells police that Epstein molested her at his Palm Beach mansion.
May 2006 – Epstein and two of his associates are charged with multiple counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor. State attorney of the time Barry Krischer, referred the case to a grand jury who heard from just two of the 12 girls law enforcement had gathered as potential witnesses. They returned just one single count of soliciting prostitution.
July 2006 – The case is referred to the FBI by the Florida Palm Beach police who were unhappy with how the case was handled.
2007 – Epstein’s lawyers meet with Miami’s top federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who would later become the Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration. They secretly negotiate the ‘deal of a lifetime’.
June 2008 – After pleading guilty to two prostitution charges, the billionaire was sentenced to 18 months in a low-security prison in exchange for prosecutors ending their investigation into his sex acts with minors and give him immunity from future prosecution related to those charges. In reality, Epstein was able to work from his office six days a week while supposedly incarcerated at the jail.
July 2008 – Accusers learned of the deal for the first time.
July 2009 – Epstein is released from jail five months early.
July 2018 – The Miami Herald publishes investigative journalist Julie K. Brown’s exposé on Epstein’s long history of alleged sexual abuse and news of the ‘deal of a lifetime’ after Acosta was made Labor Secretary.
February 2019 – The justice department opens an internal review into Epstein’s plea deal.
July 7, 2019 – Epstein is arrested after his private jet lands at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport from Paris. At the same time, federal agents break into his Manhattan townhouse where they uncovered hundreds of photographs of naked minors.
July 8, 2019 – Epstein is charged with sex trafficking charges which detail how he created a network of underage girls in Florida and New York, paying girls as young as 14 to provide ‘massages and sex acts.’ The charges carry a sentence of up to 45 years in prison.
July 11, 2019 – More than a dozen women, not previously known to law enforcement, came forward to accuse him of sex abuse.
July 24 – Epstein was found unconscious in his cell after an apparent suicide attempt. He was moved to suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
August 9, 2019 – More than 2,000 documents are unsealed which reveal the lurid allegations against Epstein in detail.
August 10, 2019 – Epstein is found dead in his cell.
CURRENT CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY AND SEX TRAFFICKING
At the time of his suicide, Epstein was facing up to 45 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking following his arrest on July 7.
The billionaire was taken into custody at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport after his private jet landed from Paris.
On the same day, federal agents raided his $77 million Manhattan townhouse where they uncovered hundreds of photographs of naked minors.
Prosecutors claim Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage teenagers, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.
They allege the billionaire was ‘well aware that many of the victims were minors.’
The girls were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to massage him, perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls, prosecutors allege.
They say Epstein had an army of recruiters, often not much older than their targets, who would approach vulnerable teens.
After his arrest, Epstein was subsequently denied bail.
PREVIOUS CONVICTION AND ‘SWEETHEART DEAL’
Epstein is a convicted pedophile who was previously served 13 months in a Florida prison after pleading guilty to procuring an underage prostitute in the state.
Prior to his conviction in 2009, Epstein’s lawyers met with Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, to negotiate a ‘lenient plea deal’.
Epstein pleaded guilty in exchange for the short prison sentence in a low-security jail, as well as immunity from future prosecution related to his charges.
It was later revealed that Epstein was allowed to leave prison on a regularly basis to work at a nearby office.
In recent months, critics have been outraged by the lenient sentence, dubbed ‘a sweetheart deal’.
Last month, Acosta – who negotiated the deal – was forced to resign from his post as Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration over the fallout.
Epstein was released from prison in early 2010 and quickly managed to make his way back into high-powered New York circles.
He was spotted walking in Central Park with Prince Andrew later that same year.
Katie Couric, Woody Allen, Chelsea Handler and George Stephanopoulos were reportedly invited to a dinner at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion alongside the Prince in 2010.
FROM BROOKLYN TO BILLIONAIRE: HOW EPSTEIN ACQUIRED HIS FORTUNE
Epstein was born to a middle-class family in Brooklyn, New York. He attended public school before dropping out of an undergraduate degree at Cooper Union.
Despite having no formal qualifications, Epstein commenced work as a physics and mathematics teacher at the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan. He was hired by then- headmaster Donald Barr – the father of current Attorney General, William Barr.
It proved to be the beginning of four decades spent in the midst of power and privilege.
During his two-year tenure at the elite private school, Epstein met Bear Stearns CEO Alan Greenberg, whose two children were students at Dalton.
Greenberg was reportedly impressed by Epstein’s quick mind, and offered him a job as a trader at Bear Stearns in 1976.
Epstein quickly found success in the field, and went on to work as a financial consultant.
He opened his own financial management firm, J. Epstein & Company, in 1988.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre is perhaps the most high-profile of Epstein’s alleged victims.
She claims she is a former sex slave of Epstein and says the billionaire asked her to be a surrogate when she was just 18, around the same time he said she was too old for his sexual perversions.
Her allegations were made public when her since-settled lawsuit against Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was included among the more than 2,000 pages of documents made public by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a deposition included in the newly released papers, Giuffre said that her father, who worked at Mar-a-Lago as a maintenance manager, got her a job there in summer 2000 as a locker room attendant at the club’s spa when she was 16.
She said she was reading a book on massage therapy one day when she was approached by Maxwell, who noticed the book and told her she knew someone seeking a traveling masseuse. When Giuffre said she had no experience or credentials, she recalled Maxwell said: ‘We can train you. We can get you educated.’
The court records contain graphic allegations against Epstein, portraying him as a sex slave-driver with an insatiable appetite for underage girls.
‘My whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy,’ Giuffre said. ‘Their whole entire lives revolved around sex.’
Giuffre said Maxwell instructed her to take off her clothes and give oral sex to Epstein the first time she met him after bringing her to Epstein’s Florida home near Mar-a-Lago with the expectation she would be trained as a masseuse.
Prosecutors have not accused Maxwell of any wrongdoing. They say they continue to investigate.
In her own deposition, Maxwell called the claims another one of Giuffre’s ‘many fictitious lies and stories to make this a salacious event to get interest and press. It’s absolute rubbish.’
Giuffre managed to escape, after being sent to Thailand for her 19th birthday to take a massage course. She now lives with her husband and children in Australia.
Jeffrey Epstein was hit with a lawsuit from a woman who claims he raped her when she was just 15 years old the day before the accused pedophile was found injured in his cell from an apparent suicide attempt.
The billionaire was given documents filed in Jennifer Araoz’s lawsuit against him on July 23 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he is being held on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, according to NBC News.
The specifics of Araoz’s suit have not been disclosed, but the now-32-year-old previously accused Epstein of raping her in 2002.
Araoz said she was an aspiring actress when she met the billionaire after a ‘recruiter’ targeted her at her Manhattan high school and lured her to his house.
For the next year, Epstein allegedly manipulated Araoz into giving him massages that ended with him masturbating while he showered her with gifts and cash.
The illicit contact ended after Epstein ‘forcibly raped’ her, according to Araoz. She was 15 at the time.
Araoz claims she dropped out of school to avoid Epstein and her life quickly deteriorated. She is now seeking damages for her emotional injuries.
One of the women who alleges she was ‘lured’ to Jeffrey Epstein’s New York City mansion says the multimillionaire sex offender told her he needed to have ‘three orgasms a day.’
‘It was biological, like eating,’ Epstein is alleged to have told Johanna Sjoberg.
Sjoberg’s testimony was revealed after a federal appeals court on Friday unsealed about 2,000 pages of documents related to Epstein, the financier facing charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls.
The documents were released by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, as part of a defamation lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers, against Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime friend of Epstein.
Sjoberg gave statements in a deposition as part of a lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
She said that she was recruited by Maxwell in 2001, when she was a student at Palm Beach Atlantic College.
Sjoberg was under the impression she was being hired as a personal assistant, but she soon realized her job was to provide ‘sexual massages’ to Epstein.
According to The New York Times, Sjoberg was ‘punished’ when Epstein failed to orgasm as a result of one of her massages.
Giuffre alleges that Maxwell recruited her when she was 16 years old to be Epstein’s ‘sex slave.’
The lawsuit was settled in 2017 while the terms were kept confidential.
Court documents also revealed that a 15-year-old Swedish girl was allegedly confined to Epstein’s private island and kept there as a sex slave.
The horrific allegations were made by a butler who worked for hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin and his wife, Eva Andersson-Dubin.
During a 2016 deposition which was revealed publicly for the first time on Friday, the butler, Rinaldo Rizzo, tearfully described seeing a 15-year-old girl in his boss’s kitchen in 2005.
Rizzo testified in the deposition that the girl was brought to the home by Andersson-Dubin, a former Miss Sweden who once dated Epstein.
The butler said that the girl reminded him of other girls he saw at Epstein’s home, according to The Daily Beast.
Rizzo said the girl sat in a stool next to a kitchen counter in the Dubins’ home. She was ‘distraught and shaking…literally quivering’ as she described her treatment at the hands of Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, and his assistant, Sarah Kellen, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He claims he told her that they had demanded sex from her and taken away her passport and threatened her when she refused.
Rizzo testified in a deposition which was part of Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell.
Giuffre also accused Glenn Dubin of participating in the sex-trafficking ring, according to court documents.
Dubin has denied the allegations.
HOW EPSTEIN ‘STOLE MILLIONS’ FROM HIS LONGTIME FRIEND AND VICTORIA’S SECRET FOUNDER LESLIE WEXNER WHILE MANAGING HIS FINANCES
The retail titan behind Victoria’s Secret has accused the financier Jeffrey Epstein of misappropriating ‘vast sums’ of his fortune while managing his personal finances more than a decade ago.
Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday that he recovered ‘some of the funds’ but severed ties with Epstein in 2007 as sexual abuse allegations first surfaced against him in Florida.
The letter was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which put the amount of misappropriated money at more than $46 million.
It’s unclear whether Wexner reported the allegations to law enforcement.
‘This was, frankly, a tremendous shock, even though it clearly pales in comparison to the unthinkable allegations against him now,’ Wexner wrote.
He added that he was ‘sickened’ by Epstein’s alleged abuse of dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida.
Wexner is the founder and chief executive officer of L Brands, a fashion retailer based in Ohio. The company’s board recently hired an outside law firm to review any role Epstein may have played at the business.
Epstein managed Wexner’s fortune beginning in the late 1980s and helped straighten out the finances for a real estate development Wexner was backing in a wealthy Columbus, Ohio, suburb.
It was through Wexner that Epstein acquired his seven-story Manhattan mansion less than a block from Central Park, a 21,000-square-foot residence that has been valued at about $77 million.
Wexner said he believed he could trust Epstein at first based on ‘friends who vouched for and recommended him as a knowledgeable financial professional.’
‘I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.’
JEFFREY EPSTEIN AND HIS BIZARRE LEGACY: HE PLANNED TO SEED THE HUMAN RACE WITH HIS DNA AND HAVE HIS HEAD AND PENIS FROZEN WHEN HE DIED
Multiple sources told The New York Times that over the years, Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he ‘hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.’
A NASA scientist who attended one of Epstein’s dinners after he served time for soliciting a minor said that the disgraced moneyman had based this idea on the Repository for Germinal Choice.
That was a bank which had been created with the intent of only accepting the DNA of Nobel prize winners, and ultimately closed down after getting a single submission.
Some suspected that Epstein’s dinners were a ploy to kick-start his plan, gathering attractive college-educated women who he saw as candidates to carry his offspring.
Epstein also told one person that upon his death, ‘he wanted his head and penis to be frozen’ and donated to charities that supported transhumanism, the belief that the human race can further advance and evolve using advancements from the worlds of science.
Dozens of acquaintances – including one of Epstein’s former defense attorneys – told the Times this was all fueled by his veiled fascination for eugenics, the idea that the human race could be improved through selective breeding.
Epstein mingled with the cream of the scientific community, and was heavily involved in many scientific pursuits.
He called himself a ‘scientific philanthropist’, donating a rumored $20 million a year, and hosting parties in the US and on the Virgin Islands.