Jeffrey Epstein has died from an apparent suicide and his accusers still want justice: Jeffrey Epstein has died from an apparent suicide and his accusers still want justice: According to the federal officials, Jeffrey Epstein, who was facing federal sex trafficking charges, died on Saturday from an apparent suicide. As per the statement of the federal Bureau of Prisons, the FBI was investigating his death.
The statement further said that Epstein aged 66, was found unresponsive in his cell at a holding facility in New York City at around 6:30 a.m. Staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center tried to revive him and was eventually taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A spokesperson told CBS News that the New York City medical examiner’s office was also investigating Epstein’s cause of death and will be conducting an autopsy and toxicology test to determine the cause. Federal prosecutors in New York alleged Epstein abused dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
Epstein was found injured on the floor of his cell in late July. At that time, law enforcement sources told CBS News that Epstein was found semi-conscious with slight bruising around his neck.
Earlier in July, Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking with underage females. He pleaded not guilty.
The indictment came 11 years after Epstein cut a deal with attorneys in Florida to avoid a similar charge. The indictment reads, “Over the course of many years, Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations.”
According to an attorney who has represented more than a dozen women accusing Epstein of sexual abuse, the apparent suicide “unfortunate and predictable.”
Edwards said, “We will continue to represent his victims and will not stop in their pursuit of finality and justice.” Lisa Bloom, who represents three accusers took to twitter to say that civil cases would continue.
Meanwhile, Epstein’s alleged victims said through their attorneys that they are angry as they won’t be able to get a chance for justice as the criminal case will end with his death.
CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman said that the spotlight could now turn to Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s one-time girlfriend who has been accused of procuring girls for him.
Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr Saturday afternoon demanding the Department of Justice investigate Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in jail. Sasse also called for those who allowed Epstein’s death to occur under their watch to be fired.
The letter read, “The Department of Justice failed, and today Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirators think they might have just gotten one last sweetheart deal. Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer — knew that this man was a suicide risk and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him. Given Epstein’s previous attempted suicide, he should have been locked in a padded room under unbroken, 24/7, constant surveillance. Obviously, heads must roll.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, thousands of pages of documents were unsealed in federal court in a case against Epstein. The documents include a sworn deposition from 2016 when alleged victim Virginia Giuffre was asked which politically connected and financially powerful people she was directed to have sex with as a minor.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Britain’s Prince Andrew, and high-powered attorney Alan Dershowitz were all named in the documents. They all denied Giuffre’s allegations.
However, the well-connected billionaire had admitted to sex abuse in the past. In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to “soliciting and procuring” an underage person for “prostitution.” Court documents reveal “the charges stemmed from sexual activity with privately hired masseuses.”
Epstein’s prior guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors, who included President Trump’s future secretary of labor, Alex Acosta, who resigned amid outcry over the deal after the new charges were announced. Epstein spent 13 months in a Florida county jail and had to register as a sex offender but faced immunity from federal prosecution.