Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York will continue examining the sex trafficking case versus Jeffrey Epstein , who passed away in an obvious suicide Saturday early morning, they stated in a declaration.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman advised anybody who might be a victim in the event or might know to get in touch with the FBI .
“ Today ’ s occasions are troubling, and we are deeply familiar with their prospective to present yet another obstacle to providing Epstein’ s numerous victims their day in Court, ” Berman stated . He continued:
“ To those brave girls who have actually currently stepped forward and to the numerous others who have yet todo so, let me restate that we stay dedicated to meaning you, and our examination of the conduct charged in the Indictment– that included a conspiracy count– stays continuous. ”
Epstein pleaded innocent to 2 counts including sex trafficking after his arrest early last month, and ever since, district attorneys state, lots more accusers have actually stepped forward. A judge declined to launch him from the Manhattan Correctional Center on bail, pointing out district attorneys ’ issues that he would be both a flight danger and a risk to the neighborhood.
While the criminal charges versus Epstein can not continue, accusers might pursue civil lawsuits versus his estate. Any possible conspirators might likewise be charged.
Questions have actually swirled around Epstein ’ s possible enablers well-connected good friends and others near to him who might have understood that he sexually abused girls however did not step in. The multimillionaire investor is understood to have actually fraternized rich entrepreneurs, presidents consisting of previous President Bill Clinton, world-renowned researchers and stars consisting of Naomi Campbell and Donald Trump, back when he was a property magnate.
Just one day prior to he was discovered dead, an appellate court unsealed more than 2,000 files in a disparagement case in between Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and long time Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell. A evaluation of the records by HuffPost exposed distressing information about what might total up to an elite, worldwide sex trafficking ring of underaged women. The fit was settled in 2017 for a concealed amount.
The New York charges happened a years after district attorneys in Florida, led by then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, given Epstein an extremely lax plea offer on charges of getting a small for prostitution.
Investigations into Epstein ’ s death are continuous by authorities at the FBI and the New York Medical Examiner ’ s Office.
Epstein had actually been on suicide watch following a July 23 event that left him lying semiconscious on the flooring of his cell with marks around his neck; it was being dealt with as a possible attack or suicide effort.
The investor was removed suicide watch, nevertheless, at some time prior to his death, according to The Associated Press. The Justice Department decreased to offer more info about Epstein ’ s detention.