"It has been an fantastic 15 years story and it ends and weirdly as it began", said Tim Malloy, a former anchor and investigative reporter at WPTV. "[I felt] a little bit of shock; not surprised that he took his own life because for the first time he was caged, and he always found a way out of it", Malloy told Contact 5's crime investigator Merris Badcock.
Just weeks ago, Epstein was placed on a suicide watch after he was found July 23 in his Manhattan jail cell with marks on his neck, a law enforcement source and a source familiar with the incident told CNN at the time. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered", he said in a statement. "What in the hell happened here?"
In the legal documents, released on Friday, a young woman called Johanna Sjoberg alleged that Prince Andrew, a former friend of the disgraced financier, touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the billionaire's Manhattan apartment in 2001.
Jeffrey Epstein's death of an apparent suicide resolves, however frustratingly, his child sex trafficking case, in which he was named as sole defendant - but the feds have vowed to continue their probe into potential accomplices.
"It's possible that other people who conspired to protect Epstein, destroy evidence, pay off witnesses, or otherwise facilitate his sexual trafficking and predatory pedophilia may be charged", said attorney Josh Schiller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Manhattan, whose firm represents nine victims.
"Given Epstein's previous attempted suicide, he should have been locked in a padded room under unbroken, 24/7, constant surveillance".
"I am extremely mad and hurt thinking he once again thought he was above us and took the easy way out", Jena-Lisa Jones, 30, an alleged victim of Epstein when she was 14 in Florida, said.
Both Edwards and Palm Beach County criminal defense attorney Jack Scarola maintain the investigation into Epstein is not over.
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Sigrid McCawley, an attorney representing one accuser, said in a statement that "the reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of courageous and truthful victims should not end" with Epstein's death. On behalf of the victims I represent, we would have preferred he lived to face justice.
But "Clinton" wasn't the only name becoming fodder for proponents of conspiracies around Epstein's death. All the money in the world can't erase the truth.
Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, was highly critical of the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons in a letter addressed to Barr on Saturday, demanding answers to questions surrounding Epstein's death.
"Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served".
The federal investigation into the allegations remains steadfast, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. DOJ says FBI is investigating. The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are opening investigations into the circumstances of his death, he said.
Barr said that he was "appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead" while in federal custody.
"I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won't have to face his survivors of his abuse in court". U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.
His death comes one day after unsealed court documents revealed that a woman alleged Epstein trafficked her for sex as a girl.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating Epstein's time spent in work release under the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. "They may also be sued individually as they are identified". "It is never too late to come forward with information".