Jeffrey Epstein, accused of operating sex trafficking ring, is dead

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BREAKING: Jeffrey Epstein, accused of operating sex trafficking ring, is dead

Staff started life-saving measures, and Epstein was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the bureau said in a news release. NBC reported he was not on suicide watch. At the time it was clear whether he tried suicide or was attacked.

Marc Fernich, one of the multimillionaire's attorneys, said in a statement to Fox News that he is "outraged" at Epstein's death and that there is "plenty of blame to go around for this unthinkable tragedy".

Epstein's death is likely to raise questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of high-profile inmates.

Barr has ordered the inspector general to open an investigation into the death. DOJ says FBI is investigating.

A decade after footage showed him partying with Epstein, Trump told New York Magazine in 2002 that the sex offender was a "terrific guy", who was "a lot of fun to be with". He had pleaded not guilty.

Robbie Kaplan, an attorney for an accuser in the criminal case, said Saturday that "the many victims of Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices should not lose hope". He pleaded not guilty on July 6 and faced 45 years in prison if convicted.

Sigrid McCawley is a lawyer for an Epstein accuser.

Sjoberg had testified that Maxwell "lured her from her school to have sex with Epstein under the guise of hiring her for a job answering phones", according to court papers.

"I just wanted him to be held accountable for his actions", Licata said.

Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer for alleged victim Giuffre, said the timing of Epstein's apparent suicide was "no coincidence".

Epstein was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The official had been briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.

Brad Edwards, a Florida lawyer for almost two dozen other accusers, said that "this is not the ending anyone was looking for". "The fact that Jeffrey Epstein was able to commit the selfish act of taking his own life as his world of abuse, exploitation, and corruption unraveled is both unfortunate and predictable".

Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who ran three federal lockups, said the death represents "an unfortunate and shocking failure, if proven to be a suicide". Meanwhile, the Post reported that officials wheeled a man on a gurney out of the Manhattan Correctional Center early Saturday morning. Epstein's mansion was searched and troves of incriminating evidence were found, including cataloged tapes, which some say were used for blackmail, were discovered.

The Washington Post reported that he was found with marks on his neck in his NY jail cell.

Epstein had been recently taken off of suicide watch, but was still isolated, law enforcement source told PIX11.

Spokesperson Aja Davis said the coroner's office is still investigating the cause of death and would not yet confirm the cause.

On July 12, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned amid increasing scrutiny over the plea agreement as a federal prosecutor in South Florida.

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