Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before his death

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before his death

The medical examiner's office said in a statement Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, that an autopsy and other evidence confirms the 66-year-old financier hanged himself in his cell at a federal jail.

Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons on Monday, more than a week after convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail, putting the federal prison system under scrutiny.

A copy of the will was first published by the New York Post.

But Epstein was found unresponsive on August 10 and soon declared dead. Less than 48 hours later, he was found dead in his cell, prompting an investigation that has cast a harsh light on staffing shortages at the Manhattan detention center. "Attorney General Barr did the right thing by removing the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and he ought to make every effort to prosecute every one of Epstein's co-conspirators to the fullest extent of the law". Authorities said he sexually abused and exploited dozens of girls-some as young as 14-in NY and Florida.

Jeffrey Epstein wrote a will just two days before his suicide, saying he had about US$578 million (RM2.4 billion) in assets that he placed in a trust, which could complicate efforts by women who say he sexually abused them to collect damages.

"Indkye's name appears on charitable filings, real estate records, trademark filings, and other business matters related to Epstein and his inner circle", the outlet reported.

"Give his entire estate to his victims". "And they deserve it".

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The different federal investigations are now ongoing into Epstein's suicide, with TMZ reporting that his legal team is "not ruling out the possibility someone strangled him and then put a sheet around his neck to make it look like death by hanging".

Jennifer Araoz said that she was 15 when an Epstein assistant began treating her to lunch and asking her personal questions before eventually convincing the high schooler to go to Epstein's mansion to perform massages, which quickly became inappropriately intimate.

Among the assets, the will lists more than $56 million in cash and another $14 million in fixed income investments.

The valuation does not include his art collection, which is subject to appraisal, according to the document. He avoided similar charges in a controversial secret plea deal in 2008, and instead pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. It's unclear how those settlements might affect any claims made on his estate.

Epstein's trust, known as The 1953 Trust, remains a private document whose details won't have to be disclosed by the court.

Curt Anderson reported from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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