Jeffrey Epstein will remain jailed as judge mulls bail

Jeffrey Epstein has mysteriously amassed a fortune and made powerful friends

Jeffrey Epstein has mysteriously amassed a fortune and made powerful friends

During a press conference in New York City on Tuesday, a lawyer representing some of the women who have accused the financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexual assault said the wealthy financier commited sexual abuse during his 13 months in a Florida jail, when he was permitted to work from a private office 12 hours a day, six days a week.

Federal prosecutors say Epstein, 66, should be denied bail because there are no conditions under which a man with his money and worldwide connections could be prevented from fleeing the country if he was released.

"It was not for some business arrangement and it was for improper sexual contact", Edwards said on Tuesday, according to the Daily Beast.

He was arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he had returned from Paris on his private plane.

At a detention hearing in Manhattan federal court, the prosecution told Judge Richard Berman that evidence against Epstein is "already significantly stronger, and getting stronger every single day".

Epstein, a longtime associate of Wexner's, is accused of running a sex-trafficking enterprise, in which he paid girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

An email was sent to Epstein's attorney seeking comment.

Judge Berman is expected to rule Thursday on whether Epstein, 66, should be detained until trial on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in NY and Florida in the early 2000s.

Epstein, 66 - who at one time socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain's Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump - was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and NY. Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted. Gauger also said there were no specific complaints made about Epstein by prison guards.

Epstein appeared in court Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty. He followed a similar pattern at his waterfront estate in Palm Beach, where he pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting prostitution - despite being charged with far more serious crimes against underage girls - and received a remarkably lenient sentence, courtesy of a USA attorney who would later become President Donald Trump's labor secretary.

During a raid at Epstein's Manhattan mansion following his arrest, Rossmiller said, investigators found "piles of cash", "dozens of diamonds" and an expired passport with Epstein's picture and a fake name in a locked safe.

Epstein has a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Prosecutors, however, argued that "it's underage girls that are involved in this case, and it's underage girls that are the victims".

"I never had the change for my voice to be heard", she said. That arrest came after Epstein got a sweetheart plea deal for sex crimes against underage victims in 2008.

Wild and others have sued the Department of Justice over the deal, claiming she and other victims were not informed about the status of the case. "You are not alone, and this was not your fault". Trump administration official Alex Acosta, who served as a US attorney in Florida during the 2008 case, resigned as Labor Secretary on Friday after facing heavy criticism for his role in negotiating the plea deal.

In February of this year, U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in favor of Wild and other Epstein accusers, finding that the federal government failed to confer with the victims in advance of the deal.

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