Jeffrey Epstein: Who is embroiled in sex scandal – and why are there conspiracy theories over his death?

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Outrage and intrigue surrounds the apparent suicide in prison of Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile who had connections to celebrities and presidents. 

His death sparked questions about whether the alleged victims will have a full chance at justice, though US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the federal investigation into allegations that Epstein ran a sex trafficking ring remains ongoing.

Among those dragged into one of the biggest sex scandals of a generation is the Duke of York, a former friend of the high-flying financier.

Epstein, who hobnobbed with countless politicians and celebrities over the years, was found dead in his cell on Saturday while awaiting trial.

Here is everything we know about the case. 

Who was Jeffrey Epstein?

Epstein, 66, was a hedge fund manager who once socialised with the rich, famous and powerful.

Epstein owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars. 

Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge.

That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release programme. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender.



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