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Jeffrey Epstein case update: sexual abuse of minors, suicide in prison and conspiracy thesis

Jeffrey Epstein case update: sexual abuse of minors, suicide in prison and conspiracy thesis

Jeffrey Epstein case update: sexual abuse of minors, suicide in prison and conspiracy thesis

The man who was accused of abusing dozens of minors in exchange for money died this weekend in these troubled circumstances.

Le Monde with AFP Published today at 14:13, updated at 16:58
Women are demanding that the justice system continue its investigation into the billionaire, his portrait in hand, outside the courthouse on July 8 in New York City. STEPHANIE KEITH / AFP
American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sexual abuse of minors, and facing life imprisonment, was found dead in his cell in Manhattan prison where he was awaiting trial on Saturday, August 10. A month earlier, the billionaire had been arrested on his return from France and charged with sexual exploitation of minors and criminal conspiracy to sexually exploit minors.

Charges that are far from new. Ten years ago, Jeffrey Epstein had already been convicted of similar offences. No less than 40 victims had been identified and he had spent a few months in prison.

Jeffrey Epstein's death has given rise to numerous conspiracy hypotheses on social networks, due to the bonds of friendship between the financier and personalities such as Donald Trump, Bill Clinton or Prince Andrew.

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What Jeffrey Epstein was accused of
In a document released on July 8, two days after Jeffrey Epstein's arrest, the Manhattan prosecutor's office claims that between 2002 and 2005, he abused dozens of girls, some of them 14 years old, in exchange for cash payments to his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, he reportedly paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him from their families.

According to the first surveys, Epstein was helped by Ghislaine Maxwell, his ex-girlfriend, to recruit young girls. Most of them come from disadvantaged backgrounds. In total, Epstein's address book had more than 150 female names, including minors.

The businessman had already been charged in 2008 with incitement to prostitution of minors. Thirty-six victims had been identified. But the accused's lawyers had proposed an agreement to avoid life imprisonment. Epstein had been sentenced to 18 months in prison in a private wing of Palm Beach Prison, an institution that allowed him to work in his office six days a week. He was finally released after thirteen months and placed on the sex offender list.

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The political-media scandal
Hundreds of pages of court documents, released on Friday, August 9, confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein has long been a prominent member of the jet set, close to personalities, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

One of Epstein's victims, Virginia Roberts, says she was "offered to politicians, university professors, people from royalty". She also reported having had relations with a member of the British royal family, a former MIT professor, a former senator from Maine, the former governor of New Mexico, a famous lawyer. In the absence of evidence and indictment by the courts, we do not publish their names.

Jeffrey Epstein was also close to Donald Trump, who confided in 2002 in an interview: "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. A great guy... It's a pleasure to spend time with him. They even say he loves pretty women as much as I do. He prefers them rather young. »

According to New York Magazine, former US President Bill Clinton also boarded a private jet of the financier several times. According to investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff, "Clinton was invited 27 times by Epstein (...) Almost every time Clinton's name is written in the pilot's logbook, so are underage girls. There are initials and many girls' names on this private plane.

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The controversy over his "apparent suicide"
Jeffrey Epstein had been in prison since early July at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan pending his trial. His lawyer had requested bail, which was refused by the courts, which considered that he presented too high a risk of leaving the country because of his financial means and knowledge.

On July 23, Epstein was found lying on the floor in his cell with marks on his neck, after what had been presented as a possible suicide attempt. However, the injuries were not serious at that time and he was presented in the following days at a judicial hearing.

Since his "apparent suicide", in the words of New York prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, on August 10, conspiracy theories,
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