Prosecutor said that Jeffrey Epstein paid $350,000 to two potential witnesses against him in his sex trafficking case Friday in a bid to keep him behind bars until trial.
Epstein wired the money last year days after Miami Herald published the first in a series of articles analyzing a plea agreement Epstein reached with federal prosecutors in 2008 that secretly wound down a sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls that could have landed him behind bars for life.
According to media, Epstein was arrested on Saturday at Tereboro Airport in New Jersey while he arrived on a flight from Paris. He has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls at his mansions in New York and Palm Beach, Fla in the early 2000s.
Epstein’s attorney said that charges will not stick because Epstein is protected by terms of the 2008 plea agreement.