MADRID, Aug 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The results of the autopsy on the American tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sexual exploitation and who apparently committed suicide in a federal prison on Saturday, has confirmed that he hanged himself in his cell.
The autopsy results have been published in the New York City coroner's office and collected by the American newspaper 'The New York Times'.
Epstein, 66, was found “unconscious” around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, “he received emergency help and was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead.”
The billionaire already had to be treated on July 25 after being found semi-unconscious and with marks on his neck, also inside his cell.
The Epstein case acquired special notoriety for its relationship with the US political elite, from the Clinton marriage to the current White House tenant, Donald Trump.
Trump acknowledged that he knew who Epstein was, a Palm Beach resident, where the president has a golf course. “I had a fight with him a while ago. I am not exactly a fan,” the president said last month.
During the day on Friday, two other women have filed lawsuits against Epstein worth one hundred million dollars (about 90.2 million euros) denouncing that they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the tycoon.
The women, who worked in a cafeteria, received offers to give Epstein a “massage” in exchange for “several hundred dollars,” according to the lawsuit, collected by the local newspaper 'The New York Post'.
The complainants have stressed that “Epstein used the term 'massage' to deceive claimants into their home to touch them sexually against their will and force them to see how they masturbated.”
Epstein was charged with sexual trafficking of minors and conspiracy after the emergence of new testimonies that placed him as ringleader of a “vast network” of exploitation of minors from his mansions in Manhattan and Florida between 2002 and 2005.
He had previously been under investigation by federal and local authorities for sexual crimes against underage girls, in a case that led to the resignation of US Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta last month.
Acosta departed from his position after becoming known that, during his time as a prosecutor in Florida, he reached a secret agreement to reduce a sentence against Epstein.
The Democratic bench in Congress, starting with the House of Representatives leader, Nancy Pelosi, reproached Acosta for his participation “in an unreasonable agreement, which prevented justice from being done for his young victims.”
The agreement was reached in 2008 and allowed Epstein to plead guilty in exchange for a 13-month prison sentence for promoting prostitution, which he served in the form of community work from his office. Acosta maintained that, had he not reached this agreement, Epstein would most likely have been released.
The case remained buried until the 'Miami Herald' published in November last year an article that detailed the pact reached between Epstein and the Prosecutor's Office. Along with the appearance of the new witnesses, the billionaire was finally arrested and charged.