United States financier Jeffrey Epstein takes own life in prison

United States financier Jeffrey Epstein takes own life in prison

U.S. billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was facing charges of sexually exploiting girls as young as 14, was found dead on Saturday in his cell at a federal prison here, media reports said.

The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Ms Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex.

Now, it has been revealed that court documents which have recently been unsealed as part of the Epstein investigation include another allegation against Prince Andrew by a woman who claims Queen Elizabeth's son touched her breast.

Giuffre, in an interview with The New York Times, said she's grateful Epstein will never harm anyone again, but is angry that there would be no chance to see him answer for his conduct.

The claim was denied by the duke and also by Ms Maxwell, who insisted the bathtub was "too small for a man of Prince Andrew's size to enjoy a bath in let alone sex".

Friends said that although Ms Maxwell and Epstein's romantic relationship lasted only a few years, she continued to work with him long afterward, the Washington Post reports.

A conviction could have put him in prison for 45 years.

The documents disclose Giuffre's 2001 medical records from a hospital that she said Epstein and Maxwell took her to during a period of sexual abuse.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch at the end of July, the person said.

Soon after her father's death, Ms Maxwell left the United Kingdom to settle in America, where she worked in real estate, and not long after met Jeffrey Epstein.

"To be clear, in Governor Richardson's limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls", spokeswoman Madeleine Mahony said.

GoLocal last week reported the ties between Epstein and the billionaire Leon Black, the billionaire Epstein friend who is financing the biggest newspaper merger deal of the Providence Journal's parent company GateHouseMedia and Gannett. Maxwell denied the allegations but settled the suit for an undisclosed sum after a district court judge ruled in March 2017 the case should go to trial.

She alleges in court documents recently unsealed in the United States that authorities there have obtained footage of her having underage sex with rich and famous men secretly filmed at sex parties in Epstein's mansions.

"Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served", said Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15.

"He just did a good one - 18 years - (She spoke to me & said "I love Jeffrey")", Brunel said in an undated phone call, according to a photo of the message book. "These allegations and inferences are completely false", she said. "Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue".

The new charges led to the resignation of President Donald Trump's Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta following criticism of his handling of the 2008 plea deal.

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Inspector General were opening investigations into his death, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, adding that he was "appalled" to learn of the apparent suicide in federal custody.

One of the Florida prosecutors, Alexander Acosta, resigned as US labour secretary in July as the deal came under fresh scrutiny after Epstein's arrest in NY.

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