Jeffrey Epstein, the Manhattan- and South Florida-based financier who was held for charges of sex trafficking, was found dead in a secure housing unit of the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York early Saturday morning.

Prison officials said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a.m. and was treated by jail staff and emergency responders. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the FBI was investigating the incident.

Epstein, 66, was awaiting trial in the Southern District of New York on charges that he ran an underage sex ring out of his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach. Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York alleged that Epstein had paid girls as young as 14 for sex and to recruit new victims into his network.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to immediately comment Saturday morning. Epstein’s lawyers, Boston-based Martin Weinberg of Martin G. Weinberg P.C. and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson, did not respond to calls seeking comment on their client’s death.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that an FBI investigation had been opened into Epstein’s death.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]