US billionaire 'charged with sex trafficking'

US billionaire charged with sex trafficking

New York, US billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested on new sex trafficking charges connected to allegations from the early 2000s, reports say. Epstein was arrested in New York and will appear in court on Monday, law enforcement officials told US media. It comes amid renewed controversy over a plea deal he once reached to end a federal investigation against him. His lawyer has not yet commented on the latest charges, said a BBC News report. Law enforcement officers have not been authorised to discuss the case, but several have spoken to US media outlets on condition of anonymity. The latest charges stemmed from allegations that Epstein paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his New York and Florida homes. The same claims were made by sources quoted in other outlets, including The Daily Beast, which first reported Epstein's arrest. Epstein, 66, was previously accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls.

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