Disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein found dead in prison cell: media reports

Jeffrey Epstein, the U.S. financier facing federal sex trafficking charges, was found dead on August 9 in his lower Manhattan jail cell, several U.S. media outlets reported on August 10.

Epstein, who was arrested on July 6, had pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14, from at least 2002 to 2005.

The charges were announced more than a decade after Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida.

He was confined in the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan while he appealed a district judge’s refusal to let him live under 24-hour guard in his home on the Upper East Side.