Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, died by apparent suicide Saturday morning while in federal custody.
He was not on suicide watch at the time of his death and apparently hanged himself. An investigation was ordered into the circumstances of Epstein's death. The FBI is also investigating his death. Epstein's death comes a little over two weeks after he was found injured and in a fetal position in his cell at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. His death came the day after a trove of court documents was unsealed, providing new details about Epstein's alleged sex trafficking. Epstein was arrested July 6 as he returned from Paris on a private jet. He faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking. Epstein pleaded not guilty and was denied bail. He had previously served 13 months of an 18-month sentence for two Florida prostitution charges.
Epstein's alleged victims have expressed anger and frustration after his death report. "We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed, the pain and trauma he caused so many people," said one of them. Many of the lawyers representing various of Epstein's alleged victims also called for further investigations.