“The government’s application for continued remand is hereby granted,” US District Court Judge Richard Berman said. He described Epstein’s proposed bail package as “irretrievably inadequate.”
An attorney for Epstein, Martin Weinberg, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the judge’s order.
Prosecutors in the Manhattan US Attorney’s office, however, have said there is “overwhelming” evidence that he is likely to flee the country. They say his wealth — including his ownership of a private jet and multiple homes, one abroad — the seriousness of the charges he faces, and his behavior in recent weeks should render him ineligible for bail.
They wanted him to remain in jail, a result that pretrial services also recommended for Epstein.
Sigrid McCawley, an attorney who represents several alleged victims of Epstein, said after court that “the freedom of these victims” could only be restored by “taking away the freedom of Jeffrey Epstein.”
“They have been living in fear and intimidation since the day they were abused by him,” McCawley added.
He is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal detention facility where he is being kept in isolation, according to one of his lawyers.
Epstein is charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors related to alleged conduct that occurred between 2002 and 2005. He has pleaded not guilty.
He is accused of having paid girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005. Prosecutors say he used employees and associates to lure the girls to his residences, and then paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse.
Though the charges concern conduct only through 2005, prosecutors say Epstein’s more recent behavior demonstrates that he “is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant.”
Lewd photos, diamonds and a foreign passport
And prosecutors say that agents recovered from a locked safe in Epstein’s home more than $70,000 in cash; 48 loose diamonds, including some as large as 2.38 carats; a large diamond ring; and a foreign passport, expired, with his photograph and a different name. All of those developments, prosecutors have argued over the course of two bail hearings and multiple court filings, make Epstein unfit for release.
In addition, the sex trafficking charge against Epstein carries the presumption that no combination of bail conditions could guarantee the defendant’s appearance in court or protect the public.
Epstein’s attorneys, however, have argued that detaining their client would impede his ability to mount a robust defense by restricting his access to his legal team.
They told the court the foreign passport recovered from Epstein’s home was issued by Austria and that Epstein, “an affluent member of the Jewish faith,” had acquired it in the 1980s, “when hijackings were prevalent, in connection to Middle East travel.”
“The passport was for personal protection in the event of travel to dangerous areas, only to be presented to potential (kidnappers), hijackers or terrorists should violent episodes occur,” Epstein’s attorneys wrote. They didn’t offer an explanation as to why the document displayed a name other than their client’s.
And finally, Epstein’s attorneys have argued that because he traveled abroad and voluntarily returned to the country during a period in recent months when he was under public scrutiny — he was arrested on his private jet after arriving in Teterboro, New Jersey, from Paris, France — he shouldn’t be presumed to be a flight risk.
“That inescapable reality emphatically proves he won’t flee,” they wrote, “and entitles him to release — on any and all conditions the Court deems appropriate.”