Jeffrey Epstein, a financier indicted last month on sex trafficking charges of underage girls, died by suicide on Saturday morning.
Epstein’s body was found at around 7:30 a.m. He had apparently hanged himself in his jail cell in Manhattan. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated for cardiac arrest. He died moments later, the New York Times reported.
The financier was indicted on sex trafficking charges for young girls, some as young as 14-years-old, in July. The alleged actions by Epstein occurred from at least 2002 to 2005, NBC News reported. He faced up to 45 years in prison had he been convicted.
In 2008, Epstein had avoided a slew of other federal charges related to underage sex with children as well as sex trafficking by pleading guilty to a single charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor. He served 13 months in prison due to his admission, and was frequently allowed to leave the prison facility during that time. Many viewed the plea deal as too lenient for Epstein.
Court documents that were unsealed on Friday revealed that one of the alleged victims of Epstein’s was a woman who worked at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate during that time as a locker room attendant, long before the president entered politics. The victim purportedly gave Epstein sexual massages, Politico reported.
Epstein had developed many connections due in part to his financial wealth accumulated over the years. Among the former friends bragged about being in his “collection,” according to Vox, were former President Bill Clinton as well as current President Donald Trump.
Trump no longer considers Epstein to be a friend, and says the two haven’t seen each other in years. But the connection nevertheless has generated bad publicity for the president.
Footage of the two at a party in 1992, ogling young women who were dancing at Mar-a-Lago, emerged last month. And news reports of former comments Trump has made praising Epstein have made the rounds as well, The Guardian reported, including one statement where Trump recognized Epstein’s preference for younger women.
“Terrific guy,” Trump said of Epstein in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
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