Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein reportedly has killed himself in a New York prison while awaiting trial for sex trafficking and conspiracy.
Multiple law enforcement officials confirm Epstein, 66, committed suicide, according to ABC News. The NY Post reports that a man resembling the billionaire financer was removed from the Manhattan Correctional Center on a gurney early Saturday morning.
While details surrounding his suicide are scarce, ABC News reported that Epstein took his own life “overnight.”
Breaking: Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide overnight at MCC Manhattan, the federal lockup where he had been held pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges, three law enforcement officials told @ABC News. Via @AaronKatersky
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) August 10, 2019
Weeks earlier, officials found Epstein with wounds on his neck in what was believed to be a suicide attempt.
News of Epstein’s suicide comes a day after a federal appeals court ordered the unsealing of 2,000 documents related to a 2015 defamation case against his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
In the trove of documents, Virginia Giuffre claimed Maxwell not only forced her to have sex with her and Epstein, but accused the couple of trafficking her to several influential figures. Giuffre alleged she was forced to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, financer Glenn Dubin, late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, and MC2 Model Management co-founder Jean Luc-Brunel.
Epstein was arrested July 6 amid allegations that he sexually abused dozens of young girls between 2002 and 2005. He pleaded not guilty to multiple charges and faced 45 years behind bars if convicted.
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