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Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced US billionaire financier has committed suicide at the Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center where he is being held pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges.
Law enforcement officials told newsmen that he was placed on “suicide watch”, but got successful on his second attempt. Epstein who hanged himself overnight and found dangling by 7:30a.m on Saturday August 10, was reportedly transported from the jail to New York Downtown Hospital where he was found to be in cardiac arrest at the time of arrival before being confirmed dead.
The 66-year-old accused of arranging to have sex with girls as young as age 14 in the early 2000s at Epstein’s residences in Manhattan and Florida, has been held without bail at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Though he pleaded not guilty to the charges, a judge said he wouldn’t face trial before June 2020.