BREAKING NEWS! Epstein hangs himself, found dead in cell Saturday morning

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The retail titan behind Victoria’s Secret says the financier Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated “vast sums” of his fortune while managing his personal finances. Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 that he recovered “some of the funds” but severed ties with Epstein in 2007 as sexual abuse allegations first surfaced against him in Florida. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

BREAKING NEWS!

New York, August 10 – Jeffrey Epstein, the New York financier with ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton and particularly strong ties to Limited Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Wexner, hung himself in his Manhattan Correctional Center cell and died Saturday morning, August 10, 2019. Prosecutors had charged Epstein with sex trafficking. As the days progressed, substantial factual information arose that Epstein had engaged in sex trafficking and multiple instances of child rape over many decades.

With recent allegations by Wexner of securities fraud against Epstein, who managed giant portfolios for many well known business executives and politicians, the likelihood that Epstein would ever leave prison became lower.

Epstein had attempted to hang himself at least one other occasion inside the correctional facility.

The remainder of this story comes from the Associated Press.

Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday that he recovered “some of the funds” but severed ties with Epstein in 2007 as sexual abuse allegations first surfaced against him in Florida.

The letter was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which put the amount of misappropriated money at more than $46 million.

It’s unclear whether Wexner reported the allegations to law enforcement.

“This was, frankly, a tremendous shock, even though it clearly pales in comparison to the unthinkable allegations against him now,” Wexner wrote.

He added that he was “sickened” by Epstein’s alleged abuse of dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida.

Epstein, 66, had pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

Wexner is the founder and chief executive officer of L Brands, a fashion retailer based in Ohio. The company’s board recently hired an outside law firm to review any role Epstein may have played at the business.

Epstein managed Wexner’s fortune beginning in the late 1980s and helped straighten out the finances for a real estate development Wexner was backing in a wealthy Columbus, Ohio, suburb.

It was through Wexner that Epstein acquired his seven-story Manhattan mansion less than a block from Central Park, a 21,000-square-foot residence that has been valued at about $77 million.

Wexner said he believed he could trust Epstein at first based on “friends who vouched for and recommended him as a knowledgeable financial professional.”

“I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein,” he wrote in the letter. “I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.”

 

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