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The royals, the Clintons and Trump: All the conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein's death.

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Content warning: This article contains mentions of suicide and sexual abuse that some readers may find triggering.

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in a US federal jail has launched a bunch of new conspiracy theories online, fuelled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people.

Online theorists on Saturday quickly offered unsubstantiated speculation – including some retweeted by President Donald Trump – that the disgraced financier’s death wasn’t a suicide, or it was faked.

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Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory. Image: Twitter.

That chatter picked up on the conjecture that resurged after Epstein's July 6 arrest on allegations that he orchestrated a sex-trafficking ring designed to bring him teenage girls. His accusers described being sexually abused by the wealthy financier's friends and acquaintances.

The combination created fertile ground for theories and misinformation to breed on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial next year.

The high-profile acquaintances.

His relationships with Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew, were at the centre of those online rumours and theories, many of which question what politicians knew about Epstein's alleged sex crimes.

Some online commentators, without any evidence, described his death as a "murder attempt".

"Men in high places want Epstein dead," one Twitter use wrote.

Both #ClintonBodyCount and #TrumpBodyCount were trending on the platform, and there were also many people speculating about the role of the royal family.

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Trump's son Don Jr shared a conspiracy theory about the conspiracy theories, suggesting that Twitter was purposely trending one higher than the other.

Hours after Epstein's death, as #EpsteinMurder was also trending worldwide, the president joined Twitter speculation around Epstein's death while under the federal government's watch.

Trump, who rose to conservative prominence by falsely claiming Obama wasn't born in the US, retweeted unsubstantiated claims about Epstein's death.

Other theories, however, have been easily debunked.

For example, days after his arrest, online memes and Facebook statuses wrongly claimed the Obama administration, in order to protect former President Clinton, forged a once-secret deal in 2008 in Florida that allowed him to plead guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution to avoid more serious charges. The deal was actually executed before President Barack Obama took office, under former President George W Bush.

Meanwhile, a manipulated photo, shared by thousands on Twitter and Facebook, falsely claimed to show Epstein with Trump and a young Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter.

Both Clinton and Trump have denied being privy to Epstein's alleged scheme, as has Prince Andrew through a number of past Buckingham Palace statements.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said the former president "knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York".

He said that, in 2002 and 2003, Clinton took four trips on Epstein's plane - nicknamed the Lolita Express - with multiple stops, and that staff and his Secret Service detail travelled on every leg.

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In 2015, now defunct news site Gawker published flight records suggesting Clinton had made at least a dozen separate flights on the plane.

Fox News in 2016 reported to have seen records suggesting the former president took at least 26 trips.

Donald Trump.

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Epstein had ties to numerous high-profile figures including US President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew. Image: Getty.

Trump has acknowledged knowing Epstein but said he "had a falling out with him a long time ago".

Trump praised his former friend in an interview with New York magazine in 2002.

"I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy," Trump said.

"He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Democratic 2020 presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker both slammed the President's retweet in interviews with CNN.

"This is another example of our president using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories," O’Rourke said.

"He is giving life to not just conspiracy theories but really whipping people up into anger and worse against different people in this country," said Booker.

The royals.

The British royal family have lately been quiet on Prince Andrew's relationship with Epstein, but when allegations came out against him in 2015, Buckingham Palace issued three separate statements saying the story was false.

According to the Miami Heraldalleged victim Virginia Giuffre worked at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was introduced to, and began to be sexually abused by, Epstein.

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Giuffre alleged in court documents Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew in a number of places including New York, London and on a private island. Public records and flight logs obtained by The Sunday Times suggest the Prince was in the same place as Giuffre on the three occasions she claims they had sex.

In 2010, Prince Andrew attended a party at his friend Jeffrey Epstein’s New York City Mansion. Epstein, a US multimillionaire and sex offender, had been released from prison just months before. According to the Palace, the pair had not spoken since.

Some conspiracy theorists pointed to the royal family, suggesting - without proof - that they were somehow implicated in Epstein's death. Many referenced the well-known conspiracy surrounding Princess Diana's death in 1997.

Who's buying into the conspiracies?

Conspiracies are all over social media, with thousands of people from around the world buying into a number of them.

Despite a lack of evidence, US President Trump and a number of other politicians also took to social media to question the circumstances.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now a lawyer for Trump, tweeted out several questions about Epstein's death.

"Who was watching? What does camera show? ... Follow the motives," Giuliani tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Lynne Patton, a senior official with the Department of Housing and Urban Development suggested on Instagram that Hillary Clinton was behind his death.

 

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The FBI and the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death, Attorney General William Barr said.

Epstein's suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

"One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured," he tweeted.

Suicide watch?

Epstein's death came just a day after several documents providing more extensive details on how an alleged sex trafficking network operated between 2002 and 2005 were unsealed on Friday, August 9.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch after an apparent suicide attempt last month, though US media including the New York Times reported the watch had been removed a few days before he died.

Conspiracy theories then began circulating about why the decision to remove it was made, with many suggesting it was done either to allow him to end his own life or to make it easier for someone else to do it for him.

A lawyer for Epstein, Marc Fernich, said prosecutors, reporters and court officials have "blood on their hands".

Epstein had pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy and was denied bail three weeks ago.

If this article has raised issues for your, please seek professional help and contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Suicide Callback Serviceon 1300 659 467. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.

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