Jeffery Epstein, a financier who was recently indicted on charges of sex trafficking, was found dead this morning in Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. According to authorities, Epstein died by suicide, the New York Times reports. His body was found on Saturday morning.
Epstein, 66, who was charged by Manhattan prosecutors last month of sex trafficking and conspiracy, had been previously found unconscious in his cell with marks around his neck. Epstein was under suicide watch at the facility. There was disagreement at the time about whether Epstein harmed himself or was attacked by fellow inmates.
The previous incident happened after Epstein was denied bail and deemed a flight risk by the court. He was not expected to stand trial until late in 2020.
Epstein was accused of sex trafficking and abusing dozens of underage girls at his homes in New York City and Palm Beach, FL, for years. He is accused of luring girls, some as young as 14, to his home under the guise of earning money for giving his massages. He is alleged to convince those girls to bring him new girls.
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