“Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served. I hope the authorities will pursue and prosecute his accomplices and enablers and ensure redress for his victims,” said Jennifer Araoz, one of the alleged victims.
Millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who was in jail, awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls, has reportedly committed suicide, according to CNN. The news of his suicide came on Saturday, merely one day after a court unsealed new details of the claims against him.
Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal detention facility, around 6:30 a.m. ET., the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. Staff at the facility started life-saving measures and was quickly rushed to the hospital from there.
Sadly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival, the bureau said in a news release. As of now, no foul play has been suspected in his death, and the FBI are investigating into it. The bureau's release called it "an apparent suicide" and law enforcement officials believe Epstein hanged himself. The New York City medical examiner's office hasn't ascertained the cause of death so far.
- Jeffrey Epstein: dead— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 11, 2019
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Now, PEOPLE reports that multiple alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein are calling for justice and answers following his death by apparent suicide on Saturday morning. “The many victims of Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices should not lose hope,” Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan, who represents a victim in the Epstein case, told People in a statement following the 66-year-old’s death.
The more I read about Jeffrey Epstein the less accurate appear the media labels, like the NYT calling him “Mr. Epstein, a wealthy financier.” It appears he made his money by swindling others, big time — and there are hints of blackmail. Maybe “financier” is a bit much.— John Dean (@JohnWDean) August 11, 2019
“We will continue to fight tirelessly on their behalf not only to seek justice but also to ensure that all of the facts of his monstrous crimes become known to the world.” Kaplan added, “Justice Brandeis was 100% right when he said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. We need to expose the whole truth here so that crimes of this scale and scope never happen to any children ever again.”
If Jeffrey Epstein were scheduled to testify against the mob and suddenly turned up dead, would it be a “conspiracy theory” to suspect foul play? The people Epstein was involved with are 10 times more powerful than the mob. The situation calls for a prompt & thorough inquiry— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 11, 2019
David Boies, legal counsel to alleged victims Virginia Giuffre and Sara Ransome told People in a statement, “This is the end of one chapter, but only one chapter, of the battle to bring the sex traffickers to justice. Jeffrey Epstein did not act, and could not have done what he did, alone. Justice demands that those who acted with him also be held to account.” It was in July that Epstein was accused of sex-trafficking girls as young as 14-years-old.
Here's what I can't figure:— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) August 12, 2019
If you're the psychologist in charge of Jeffrey Epstein...
WHY risk taking him off suicide watch?
He's the highest profile prisoner in the country.
One suicide attempt already.
Better safe than sorry.
WHY would you do it?
The businessman, who was well known for his high-profile connections in both the business and political worlds, was charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minor and was to face a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.
The accusation against Epstein alleged that he would begin his illegal sexual encounters with a “massage” before he would “escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victim.”
Jennifer Araoz, one of the women who said she was raped by Epstein when she was 15, told CNBC that she was “angry Jeffrey Epstein will not have to face the survivors of his abuse in court,” adding, “Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served. I hope the authorities will pursue and prosecute his accomplices and enablers and ensure redress for his victims.” Even though he's no longer alive, the fact that he escaped his punishment must be quite infuriating.
Such bullshit. This wasn’t an issue of evolving social norms of interactions between men & women. Jeffrey Epstein engaged in sexual exploitation of minors, which was never acceptable or legal in his lifetime. Blame lies w/ him, not w/ the #MeToo movement. https://t.co/t6xYlozhM8 pic.twitter.com/tUIWrlbLrI— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) August 12, 2019
Lisa Bloom, an attorney who represented Epstein’s alleged victims tweeted: Predator Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. On behalf of the victims I represent, we would have preferred he 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.
Sigrid McCawley, lawyer to Giuffre and other victims said it “was no coincidence that Epstein took his life less than 23 hours after court documents were unsealed.”
Huge investigation into the 'suicide' of Jeffrey Epstein. Obviously, check every prison guard, watching for any sudden financial gain. But, also keep an eye on any prison employee who may have been an accomplice, to make sure they don't get "Jack Ruby'd" #EpsteinSuicide— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) August 11, 2019
“The reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end with Jeffrey Epstein’s cowardly and shameful suicide,” McCawley said. This is not the first time that Epstein had faced sex charges.
In 2008, he pleaded guilty in Florida for soliciting a person under 18 for prostitution. Back then, Epstein was sentenced to 13 months in jail, but he served much of the time in work release at his office in Palm Beach. However, he was required to register as a sex offender.
What if I told you Jeffrey Epstein's death was not the fault of the Clintons, or the British crown, or Donald Trump, but merely of the criminal justice system's widespread indifference to the well-being of incarcerated people.— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) August 11, 2019