Sunday 15 September 2019

Epstein signed will for his €577m fortune two days before jail suicide

Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP
Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP

Hayley Dixon

New court records show billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in the Manhattan federal jail.

A law firm representing Epstein's estate confirmed last night that the papers were filed last week in the US Virgin Islands.

The records put the estate at more than $577m (€520m) but list no details of any beneficiaries.

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

Epstein killed himself this month while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors dismissed those charges yesterday but are considering charging others in the case.

'Virtue': Prince Andrew (pictured) was said to be 'loyal' to his friend Jeffrey Epstein after his 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville
'Virtue': Prince Andrew (pictured) was said to be 'loyal' to his friend Jeffrey Epstein after his 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Several of Epstein's alleged victims have said they will go after his assets for damages.

Attorney William Blum said in a statement that any claims against the estate will be "fairly administered".

Meanwhile, Britain's Prince Andrew should tell "everything he knows" under oath, a lawyer for some of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims has said.

Brad Edwards, whose clients include Epstein's alleged "sex slave" Virginia Roberts Giuffre, said he wanted to hear sworn testimony from the prince.

"I look forward to... a formal deposition where he will be given the opportunity to tell us everything he knows. We would like to do this as soon as possible, at his convenience," he said.

The challenge came as it was claimed that the Duke of York had insisted on being "loyal" when advised to dump Epstein after his conviction for sex offences.

The prince (59) issued a statement on Sunday saying he was "appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes".

The unusual decision to issue a statement led to questions over why the prince visited Epstein at his Manhattan mansion in 2010, two years after the financier had admitted having sex with an underage girl and was linked to the molestation of 36 others.

A video of his stay emerged over the weekend.

US Attorney General William Barr yesterday shook up the leadership at the federal Bureau of Prisons, removing its acting chief following the suicide of financier Jeffrey Epstein in his cell.

Hugh Hurwitz, who had been acting chief since May 2018, was reassigned to his prior post as director of the bureau's re-entry services division.

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