Jeffrey Epstein has died in an apparent suicide. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he was found unresponsive in his Manhattan jail cell this morning. The billionaire financier was facing sex trafficking and conspiracy charges in New York. Epstein's case is especially noteworthy because for years he's been linked to other prominent men. We're joined now by Michael Gold of The New York Times. Michael, welcome. And what more, if anything, have you been able to learn about how Epstein died?
MICHAEL GOLD: Hi. So at this point, we are told that Mr. Epstein hanged himself. And the — this we have from officials, but the Federal Bureau of Prisons has said that he did — he was found unresponsive in an apparent suicide around 6:30 a.m. this morning. We also heard that, though, Mr. Epstein has been housed in a unit with extra security since he was arrested on July 6, he was not under suicide watch at the time that he was found dead this morning.
PFEIFFER: Now, this is even though, last month, Epstein was found semi-conscious in his cell with marks on his neck, is that right?
GOLD: Right. And in that case, the authorities said that they had been investigating that incident as a possible suicide. But when we spoke to them, they also — officials also told us that they had not ruled out the possibility that he had been attacked or that he had somehow staged the incident. Just recently, the attorney general said that the Department of Justice would open an inquiry into what happened. They just want to know more about the circumstances around Mr. Epstein's death.
PFEIFFER: Right. In fact, in that statement that the Attorney General William Barr put out he said he was appalled by the death. What do you know about the conditions in that prison?
GOLD: We're still sort of working out exactly what happened, but we do know that Mr. Epstein had been in the Special Housing Unit at the facility in Lower Manhattan, which is a federal jail. That unit has extra security. And it's believed that he was put there, in part, for his own protection. Oftentimes when people are involved in — there's allegations that people have committed sexual abuses against minors, they're placed in these units to prevent further injury.
PFEIFFER: There were court filings in Epstein's case unsealed yesterday that suggests that there may have been even wider circle of well-known people who knew about Epstein's alleged crimes. I know, Michael, that you've been reading through those records. What are the highlights so far?
GOLD: Sure. So these are about 2,000 pages of documents that were released in a court case involving a woman named Virginia Giuffre who had accused Mr. Epstein and one of his associates of sexually abusing her as early as she was 16. And in these documents, we have a lot of new and disturbing details about what might have been going on inside Mr. Epstein's homes in the period between 2002 and 2005 that prosecutors say he was running a sex trafficking conspiracy. And in these documents, there are a few names mentioned, some of which are new to us. And there are a number of disturbing details around exactly what it is that Mr. Epstein requested these women do.
PFEIFFER: Of the prominent men named in those unsealed documents, we should emphasize that none of them has been charged or sued in civil court. One person named is former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. NPR did reach out to him and a spokesperson said that, quote, "the charges are completely false."
Michael, these are likely not the final documents related to this case that are going to be released, when might we see more and what could be in them?
GOLD: Well, right now, a court is reviewing the documents to see what information can be released and whether anything needs to be redacted, but we're expecting thousands of more pages in the case that might provide further details, further names and further information about the exact details of the accusations that these women and the prosecutors have made against Mr. Epstein. But it's not entirely clear when we'll get them. They're going through a review process.
PFEIFFER: Epstein's death is, obviously — it, obviously, just happened, but is it clear at all yet how that could affect his case?
GOLD: It's not entirely clear. We did hear from one of the victims in this case who said that she hoped that there would be, you know, further justice. But at this point, I think everyone is still reacting to the news. You know, this was not expected. This was very sudden. Epstein was scheduled to be in court again in September. So I think everyone is still gathering information and seeing where we go from here.
PFEIFFER: That's Michael Gold of The New York Times talking to us about the death of Jeffrey Epstein who was found dead this morning in a Manhattan jail cell. Michael, thank you.
GOLD: Thank you.
杰弗里·爱泼斯坦死于明显的自杀 。美国联邦监狱局表示，爱泼斯坦今天早上在曼哈顿监狱牢房被发现毫无反应 。这位亿万富翁金融家在纽约面临性交易和阴谋指控 。爱泼斯坦案尤为引人注目的原因是，多年以来他一直与其他著名人士有联系 。现在我们将连线《纽约时报》记者迈克尔·高德 。迈克尔，欢迎你 。你有了解到爱泼斯坦是怎么死亡的吗？
迈克尔·高德：你好 。目前我们得知的消息是，爱泼斯坦系上吊自杀 。这是一些官员透露的消息，而美国联邦监狱局表示，今天早上6点30分左右，爱泼斯坦被发现失去反应，系明显自杀 。我们还了解到，尽管爱泼斯坦自7月6日被捕后就被关押在加强安全措施的牢房里，但在他今天早上被发现死亡时，他并没有处于自杀监视下 。
高德：没错 。有关部门表示，他们一直在以可能的自杀事件进行调查 。但当我们联系他们时，官员还表示，他们并未排除爱泼斯坦遭受袭击或他自导自演的可能 。就在刚才，司法部长宣布将就此展开调查 。他们想了解爱泼斯坦死亡事件的更多细节 。
菲弗：好 。事实上，司法部长威廉·巴尔在声明中表示，他对爱泼斯坦之死感到震惊 。你对监狱的情况有何了解？
高德：我们仍在努力查明到底发生了什么，但我们知道，爱泼斯坦一直被关押在曼哈顿下城一所联邦监狱的特别牢房中 。该牢房加强了安全措施 。据悉，他被关押在这一牢房的部分原因是为了保护其自身安全 。通常，涉及性侵未成年指控的人会被关押在这类牢房中，以防止更多伤害 。
菲弗：昨天公开的爱泼斯坦案法庭文件显示，可能有更多知名人士早就知晓爱泼斯坦涉嫌犯罪 。迈克尔，你浏览了这些记录 。目前有哪些值得注意的部分？
高德：好 。这份约2000页的文件在一起诉讼案件中公开，一位名为维吉尼亚·吉弗里的女性指控爱泼斯坦和他的一名助手在她16岁时性侵了她 。我们从这些文件中了解到了很多令人不安的新细节，文件描述了2002年至2005年期间在爱泼斯坦住宅中可能发生的事情，检方称他在住宅里进行性交易阴谋 。这些文件中还提到了一些对我们来说很陌生的名字 。同时，文件中还描述了其他令人不安的细节，涉及爱泼斯坦具体要求受害女性做了些什么事 。
菲弗：公开文件中提到了一些著名人士，我们要强调的是，这些人均未被民事法庭起诉 。其中一人是前墨西哥州州长比尔·理查德森 。NPR新闻联系了他，一名发言人称“这完全是虚假指控” 。
高德：目前法庭正在审核这些文件，以确定哪些信息可以公开以及是否有信息需要修订，我们预计还会有几千页文件公开，这些文件可能提供更多细节和更多牵连者的名字，同时描述受害女性和检方起诉爱泼斯坦的罪名的更多细节 。但目前并不清楚我们何时才能看到这些文件 。他们正在进行审核程序 。
高德：目前完全不清楚 。一名受害者说，她希望获得更多公正 。但目前，我想所有人还在对这则消息作出回应 。毕竟这是出乎所有人意料的事情 。这是突发事件 。爱泼斯坦原定在9月再次出庭受审 。因此，我认为现在所有人都还在收集信息，以确定下一步行动 。
菲弗：杰弗里·爱泼斯坦于今天早上被发现在曼哈顿监狱牢房中死亡，以上是《纽约时报》的迈克尔·高德就此事件带来的报道 。迈克尔，谢谢你 。
1. rule out 排除；不予考虑；
Local detectives have ruled out foul play.
2. work out 想出，得到(解决方法)；解(谜)；
It took me some time to work out what was causing this.
3. in part 在某种程度上；部分地；
Their harmonious relationship resulted in part from their similar goals.
4. be involved in 卷入的；参与的；与…有密切关联的；
Many people were involved in this conspiracy, but three stand out.