Jeffrey Epstein Death Provokes Anger, Outrage Across Social Media

The late Jeffrey Epstein

The late Jeffrey Epstein

The 66-year-old, a convicted pedophile, had been held at the NY prison since his arrest last month on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

The former hedge fund manager avoided federal prosecution and lengthy jail time 11 years ago on similar charges in Florida by pleading guilty.

Epstein, a convicted pedophile who befriended numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center from "an apparent suicide", the US Department of Justice said.

According to an indictment, Epstein arranged for girls under the age of 18 to perform nude "massages" and other sex acts for him in his NY and Florida homes, and paid some girls to recruit others.

Epstein was arrested July 6 at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport after his return from France.

Epstein was found hanging in his cell this morning. Araoz alleged that Epstein raped her in his NY mansion in the early 2000s when she was 15.

"Jeffrey Epstein's victims have once again been cheated out of an opportunity for justice", said Jack Scarola, a Florida attorney who represented five women and litigated with him for 12 years.

They say Epstein had an army of recruiters, often not much older than their targets, who would approach vulnerable teens.

Attorney General William Barr said he was "appalled" by news of Epstein's death.

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His lawyers maintained that the new charges in NY were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn't had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.

He socialised with princes and presidents and lived on a 100-acre private island in the Caribbean and one of the biggest mansions in NY.

Esptein's death comes soon after hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed in NY federal court.

Epstein and Mitchell did know each other, but there was never any hint that Mitchell was in any way involved in Epstein's sex ring.

Magazine profiles followed and established Epstein's reputation as a stealthy yet exorbitantly successful money man with a gilded social circle and as somewhat ascetic streak. Epstein - who's in custody in Manhattan - has denied all the charges.

The billionaire had numerous powerful and influential friends - including Bill Clinton and US President Donald Trump.

The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex.

Epstein is also accused of paying off possible co-conspirators to "influence" them, U.S. media have reported.

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.

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