Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein death Shock conspiracy theories exploited by Russian bots


A video posted by American comedian Terrence K. Williams and retweeted by US President has gone viral, further triggering Russian bots to push conspiracy theories around the death of Jeffrey Epstein. Mr Williams speculates former President Bill Clinton was behind the death of the former financier who committed suicide on Saturday. 

BBC reporter Laura Podesta explained: “President Trump retweeted a video of someone who is speculating if Epstein had actually died by suicide given that he may have had information on Bill Clinton.

“That retweet, last time I checked, as been viewed 4.9 million times. It’s been retweeted roughly 66,000 times.

“So I would say there is some significant reaction to that.

“But there’s also no evidence to support that conspiracy that the President is supposedly promoting.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump in 1997 (Image: GETTY)

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell (Image: GETTY)

There’s also no evidence to support that conspiracy that the President is supposedly promoting

Laura Podesta

“Some are calling what Mr Trump did by retweeting it ‘reckless and dangerous’.

“And there is now evidence that Russian bots are pushing these conspiracies online to further divide Americans.”

The disgraced financier was being held for federal sex trafficking charges in New York when he allegedly committed suicide.

An investigation has been launched into his death after Mr Epstein had been put on suicide watch just a few weeks ago, before being found unresponsive in his cell on July 23.

Manhattan federal prosecutors had charged Epstein in July with the sex trafficking of girls as young as 14 years old and the collection of child pornography. He pled not guilty to all charges.

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Courtney Wild, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims (Image: GETTY)

Chief Medical Examiner Dr Barbara Sampson said in a statement: “Today, a medical examiner performed the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein. The ME’s determination is pending further information at this time.”

While the formal determination has not yet been made, suicide remains as the presumed manner of death, according to NBC News.

The 66-year-old millionaire was reportedly taken off suicide watch and had been left alone during the incident.

He was not being closely monitored at the time which was in violation of jail procedures, according to the New York Times.


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Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell (Image: GETTY)

US Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Saturday: “Mr Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”

Mr Epstein was arrested on July 6 following allegations of sex trafficking at his Upper East Side mansion and his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Some of the charges dated back to the early 2000s.

Previously Mr Epstein was living under 24-hour guard in his New York home, but last month a judge denied him bail.

The federal judge had told him prosecutors had shown by clear and convincing evidence that he would pose a danger to the community if released pending trial.

Prosecutors also said there was a high risk he would use his wealth to flee.



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