Financier Jeffrey Epstein looked physically healthy when he appeared in court in New York on Wednesday in his sex trafficking case, about a week after reportedly being found unconscious in his jail cell with neck injuries.
He wore dark blue jail scrubs during his brief appearance in Manhattan federal criminal court on Wednesday morning, in a proceeding scheduled before the apparent incident behind bars last week.
There were no signs of injuries that had been reported at the time and he appeared well and more neatly presented than at some previous hearings.
His lawyers did not bring up the incident in court and refused to comment on the topic following the hearing, which focused on scheduling issues.
Prosecutor Alison Moe asked for a June 2020 trial date to be set, telling the judge: “We don’t think that any delay in this case is in the public interest.”
The Manhattan US attorney’s office alleged earlier in July that Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls” from 2002 to 2005. Some of his victims were just 14 years old, prosecutors alleged.
The disgraced financier, who was arrested on 6 July, pleaded not guilty several weeks ago.