Billionaire paedo Jeffrey Epstein ‘hanged himself after his lawyers ordered him to be taken off suicide watch’

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BILLIONAIRE paedo Jeffrey Epstein is believed to have killed himself after his “lawyers ordered him to be taken off suicide watch”, sources claim in America.

Attorney General William Barr said today that there were “serious irregularities” at the federal jail where Epstein apparently hanged himself as he awaited trial on charges he sexually abused underage girls.

Jeffrey Epstein died in a federal jail in Manhattan, US
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The body of Jeffrey Epstein is wheeled into a hospital in New York after he was found unresponsive in his jail cell[/caption]

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Paramedics attempt to revive the paedophile following his apparent suicide on Saturday. He was later pronounced dead[/caption]

A NYPD officer stands guard after the car carrying Epstein’s body arrives at the medical examiner’s office
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He added that the sex-trafficking investigation involving the disgraced financier would continue despite his death on Saturday morning.

The 66-year-old had been meeting with his lawyers for up to 12 hours a day before they allegedly asked that he be taken off suicide watch, which requires a check every 15 minutes, sources familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

The paedo was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14.

At the time of his death, Epstein was being held without bail and faced up to 45 years in prison on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed in July.

The WSJ reports that Epstein was taken off suicide watch late last month at his lawyers’ request, which resulted in him being downgraded to “special observation status” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.

The unnamed source said this meant guards were supposed to check on Epstein every 30 minutes and should have also had a cellmate with him.

But, the person added, it appeared that he was in the cell by himself at the time of his suspected hanging, and guards had not carried out the necessary checks.

Although he had apparently initially had a cellmate with him, that person had left, possibly for a court appearance or another appointment, and had not been replaced with a temporary cellmate in his absence, despite this being stipulated in the prison’s rules, the source claimed.

The jail – where Epstein was held in a unit known for holding notorious prisoners under extremely tight security – is chronically short-staffed.

US Attorney General William Barr said Epstein’s death will be investigated
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SUICIDE WATCH

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found in his cell a little over two weeks ago with bruises on his neck, a person familiar with the jail’s operations told news agency the Associated Press.

But he had been taken off the this close observation at the end of July, said the person, who wasn’t authorised to discuss jail operations publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Inmates on suicide watch are subjected to 24 hours per day of “direct, continuous observation,” according to US Bureau of Prisons policy.

AP reports that on the morning of Epstein’s apparent suicide, guards on his unit were working overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages, the agency’s source said.

The person added that one guard was working a fifth straight day of overtime and another was working mandatory overtime.

NBC News reports that the decision to remove an inmate from suicide watch would normally have to have been approved by the prison’s suicide prevention programme coordinator, prior to being rubber-stamped by the warden.

Barr told a police conference in New Orleans: “I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner.

“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.

“The FBI and the office of inspector general are doing just that.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability.”

A body believed to be that of paedo Jeffrey Epstein is loaded into a New York City Medical Examiner’s Office van
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POST-MORTEM RESULTS AWAITED

The way in which Epstein killed himself has not as yet been publicly announced.

An autopsy was performed on Sunday, but New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr Barbara Sampson said that investigators were awaiting further information.

A private pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, observed the post-mortem at the request of Epstein’s lawyers.

Baden was the city’s chief medical examiner in the late 1970s and has been called as an expert witness in high-profile cases, including O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial.

It’s been claimed that there’s no CCTV showing Epstein’s apparent suicide in his cell.

Dramatic photos show Jeffrey Epstein being wheeled into hospital as medics desperately attempt to revive him.

In the pictures, the disgraced billionaire is seen wearing an orange jump suit and what appears to be a brace around his neck.

His death came hours after a Manhattan court released a 1,200-page dossier detailing lurid abuse allegations against him.

Epstein was a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex.

Prior to his conviction, he had counted the rich and powerful, including US President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, among his associates.

The New York Post's front page shows Jeffrey Epstein being wheeled into hospital after he was found unresponsive in his jail cell
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The New York Post’s front page shows Epstein being wheeled into hospital[/caption]

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

There has been a multitude of conspiracy theories on how – and why exactly – he died.

These have been fuelled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people.

In the wake of his death on Saturday, online theorists quickly offered unsubstantiated speculation — including some retweeted by President Donald Trump — that Epstein’s death wasn’t a suicide, or it was faked.

Epstein might have paid someone to help kill himself inside the “corrupt” maximum security prison, one ex-mobster claimed.

Lewis Kasman, an associate of former gangster John Gotti, told the New York Post that the Metropolitan Correctional Center was a nest of corruption in the 1990s.

Stating he believes that the disgraced financier couldn’t have carried out a suicide by himself in the jail, Kasman suggested: “If he killed himself, someone had to have helped him.

“There are cameras going 24/7 and they’re watching 24/7.

“Someone had to give (Epstein) the equipment to kill himself and he had to pay for it dearly.”

He added: “That facility for years had issues of corruption, with correction officers bringing in food or cellphones for wealthy people.”

I know for a fact many people are breathing a sigh of relief today because they feared what would come out in court.


Anonymous long-time friend of Epstein

One of Epstein’s long-time advisers and closest friends said he had predicted that the ex-investment banker would be dead within a couple of weeks.

The man, who did not want to be named, told The Sun on Sunday: “There’s no way he killed himself.

“In a maximum-security confinement it’s impossible that Jeffrey took his own life.

“I know for a fact many people are breathing a sigh of relief today because they feared what would come out in court.”

There have been plenty of theories, too, shared across social media, questioning who knew what about Epstein’s alleged sex crimes.

Meanwhile, a manipulated photo , shared by thousands on Twitter and Facebook, falsely claimed to show Epstein with Trump and a young Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.

Both Clinton and Trump have denied being privy to Epstein’s alleged crimes.

Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said the former president “knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.”

He said that, in 2002 and 2003, Clinton took four trips on Epstein’s plane with multiple stops and that staff and his Secret Service detail travelled on every leg.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now a lawyer for Trump, tweeted several questions about Epstein’s death.

Giuliani asked: “Who was watching? What does camera show? … Follow the motives”.

The FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said.

Timeline of the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein

2005 – Parents of a 14-year-old girl told police in Florida that Epstein had molested their daughter at his Palm Beach home. A police search of the property found photos of girls throughout the house.

2006 – Charged with multiple counts of unlawful sexual acts with a minor.

2007 – Epstein’s lawyers put together a plea deal for Epstein, aged 54 at the time.

He agreed to plead guilty to two felony prostitution charges in state court.

In exchange, he and his accomplices received immunity from federal sex-trafficking charges that could have sent him to prison for life.

2008 – Appears in court to plead guilty on two lesser counts and sentenced to a 18 months in jail and was released early in 2009

July 2019 – Arrested charges of child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

Prosecutors accused him in a grand jury indictment of paying dozens of girls as young as 14 to engage in sex acts with him at his New York and Florida properties from 2002 to 2005.

Pleaded not guilty and would have faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

More than a dozen women have now come forward with more sex abuse allegations.

August 2019 – Hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed alleging new details of sexual abuse claims against Epstein and several associates.

August 10 2019 – The twisted tycoon died after apparently hanging himself in his prison cell.

Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein with Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of procuring underage girls for him
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein with Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of procuring underage girls for him
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Epstein and Maxwell pictured with then-property developer Donald Trump and his model girlfriend Melania Knauss in early 2000
Epstein and Maxwell pictured with then-property developer Donald Trump and Melania in early 2000
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Epstein pictured with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 1997
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Epstein pictured with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 1997[/caption]

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