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Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking

Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York on sex-trafficking charges.

Jeffrey Epstein is facing sex-trafficking charges (Picture: Getty Images)

Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York on sex-trafficking charges.

Officials have said the charges involve allegations that date to the early 2000s.

Mr Epstein, 66, a wealthy hedge fund manager who was once counted as a friend of former president Bill Clinton, the Duke of York, and President Donald Trump, was taken into custody and is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court on Monday.

One of the officials told the Associated Press that Mr Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York.

The arrest, first reported by The Daily Beast, comes amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that ended a federal investigation against him.

Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York on sex-trafficking charges.

He is allegedly accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes (Picture: AP)

That deal, which is being challenged in Florida federal court, allowed Mr Epstein to plead guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution.

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