Mr. Epstein is charged with intercourse trafficking and intercourse trafficking conspiracy, and faces a mixed most sentence of as much as 45 years in jail if convicted.
[Read the indictment.]
Mr. Epstein’s lawyer, Reid Weingarten, stated the allegations within the indictment had already been settled in 2008. “To us this indictment is essentially a do-over,” he stated. “This is old stuff. This is ancient stuff.”
Mr. Epstein, wanting matted in a navy blue jumpsuit, pleaded not responsible. He stared silently forward as prosecutors outlined the costs, by no means glancing on the packed courtroom behind him. He is anticipated again in court docket on Thursday.
The discovery of the photograph trove was detailed by prosecutors as they argued in opposition to permitting Mr. Epstein to be freed on bail. His wealth and means — together with six houses and two non-public jets — made him a major flight threat, they stated.
“He is a man of nearly infinite means,” stated Alexander Rossmiller, a authorities lawyer.
Prosecutors stated they seized a whole bunch, and probably hundreds, of “sexually suggestive” photos of nude or partially nude younger girls and ladies throughout a search of Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse on Saturday, carried out at roughly the identical time the financier was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
The cache of pictures, some of which had been found in a locked protected that additionally contained CDs with labels like “Girl pics nude,” show the predatory angle that Mr. Epstein continues to have towards younger girls, prosecutors stated.
“This is not an individual who has left his past behind,” Mr. Rossmiller stated.
In the hours since Mr. Epstein’s arrest, prosecutors stated, a number of different girls contacted them with complaints about Mr. Epstein. Some of these accusers had by no means beforehand spoken to the federal government, prosecutors stated.