Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims, Denied a Trial, Vent Their Fury: ‘He Is a Coward’ – The New York Times
But the United States attorneyâs office in Manhattan opened its own investigation and charged Mr. Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy in July. The indictment said that between 2002 and 2005 he paid dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, to have sex with him at his mansion in New York and his compound in Palm Beach, Fla.
The possibility Mr. Epstein might stand trial on the new charges ended, however, when he was found dead in his cell around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 10. He had been taken off the jailâs suicide watch two weeks earlier after a failed attempt to kill himself. No guard had checked on him for about three hours, a violation of jail protocol, law enforcement officials said.
At the judgeâs invitation, the rows of women in the gallery on Tuesday stood and formed a line leading into the well of the packed courtroom, some clasping each otherâs hands and whispering words of encouragement.
For more than an hour, they took turns describing their trauma and voicing their anger that Mr. Epstein had avoided accountability for decades. Some women spoke anonymously; some through lawyers. Sixteen of them spoke in person, many with shaky voices, trembling hands and tears.
âI am every girl he did this to, and theyâre all me, and today we stand together, those that are present and those that arenât,â said Anouska De Georgiou, who said she was a naÃ¯ve teenager when Mr. Epstein sexually abused her.