A federal judge ordered Manhattan financier Jeffrey Epstein remain behind bars at a bail hearing Thursday, following a bombshell search-warrant revelation that the billionaire had a fake passport and piles of cash stashed in his safe.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman cited risk of flight and danger to the community in his decision against Epstein, a registered sex offender and private-island owner who faces new federal charges of exploiting dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. That means Epstein will remain behind bars pending trial, a date for the start of which has yet to be set.
One of his attorneys, Martin Weinberg, said the legal team hadn’t read the court’s opinion, but when they review it, “We will seriously contemplate an appeal to the 2nd Circuit.”
Berman said prosecutors established a “preponderance” of evidence of Epstein being a flight risk, calling the fake Saudi passport “concerning, and said the government also established community danger by “clear and convincing evidence.”
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