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Jeffrey Epstein dies by apparent suicide in jail


Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was indicted on sex trafficking charges, died overnight by an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell, according to multiple reports Saturday morning.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News that Epstein, 66, died by suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). His body was found Saturday morning about 7:30 a.m., The New York Times reported.

The billionaire financier had been on suicide watch since late July, according to ABC, when he was found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represented a number of Epstein's accusers, told NBC News in a statement that his death robbed his alleged victims of their chance for justice.

"On behalf of the victims I represent, we would have preferred he [Jeffrey Epstein] lived to face justice. Our civil cases can still proceed against his estate. Victims deserve to be made whole for the lifelong damage he caused. We’re just getting started," she tweeted.

Epstein, who was arrested early last month, faced allegations of trafficking dozens of minors for sex after previously accepting a plea deal in 2008 over similar accusations that landed him on the sex offender registry.

The financier had various business relationships with high-profile individuals, and had connections to at least two U.S. presidents, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, though both have denied any wrongdoing during their meetings with Epstein.

The case against Epstein has reportedly been active for years. Court documents made public Friday revealed that a woman testified in 2016 that Epstein had sent her, while she was underage, to perform sexual acts with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine), allegations the two men deny.

Virginia Giuffre testified in 2016 she was also sent to have sex with asset manager Glenn Dubin, modeling executive Jean Luc Brunel and the late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, expanding on past claims that she was used as a “sex slave” for Epstein from 2000 to 2002.

None of the men named in the documents released Friday have been charged.

Epstein served 13 months in jail about 10 years ago after reaching the deal with prosecutors that has been denounced widely as being too lenient. He was arrested in July and charged with trafficking underage girls from 2002 to 2005.

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