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Federal prosecutors announced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York.
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Financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein gave a total of $336,000 to The Ohio State University before his death, an external review found.

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An outside review found that accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein played “no meaningful role” in the budget or finances of the Wexner Foundation, and that Epstein did not use the foundation to commit any crimes.

Les Wexner's Impact On Retail And Columbus

Feb 21, 2020
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Leslie Wexner announced on Thursday that he will step down as CEO and chairman of L Brands, an empire he founded in 1963. L Brands flagship Victoria’s Secret will be sold to a private equity firm.

Leslie Wexner receives the Woodrow Wilson Award in July 2008.
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Thursday brought an end of an era in the fashion world and in Central Ohio.

Columbus-based retailer L Brands announced that CEO Les Wexner is retiring and the company is selling off lingerie company Victoria’s Secret.

A group of former Ohio State students detail their stories of alleged sexual abuse by Richard Strauss, a longtime sports doctor, before the Ohio State Board of Trustees on November 16.
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Five former Ohio State wrestlers who say they were abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss, want Ohio’s inspector general to open investigations related to Jeffery Epstein.

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York.
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The board of directors for Columbus-based L Brands has released an apology in response to an investigation published by the New York Times about Victoria's Secret's "culture of misogyny."

Leslie Wexner receives the Woodrow Wilson Award in July 2008.
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Columbus billionaire Les Wexner is reportedly in talks to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer at L Brands, a position he’s held for more than 50 years.

Prosecutors in the U.S. Virgin Islands have unveiled a new lawsuit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein alleging that over two decades he ran a conspiracy in which he transported young women and girls to his private Caribbean islands by helicopter and boat and then subjected them to sexual abuse.

Surveillance video taken outside of the Manhattan jail cell of accused child-sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein during his first suicide attempt was permanently deleted, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The admission, revealed in a court filing, provides another embarrassing glimpse into the failures by staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center to adhere to protocol or keep accurate records on the troubled federal detention facility.

The request for the video was made by Epstein's former cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, who is awaiting trial on four drug-related killings.

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Two correctional officers who were assigned to guard Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died in his cell have been indicted for allegedly ignoring more than 75 mandatory checks on the wealthy financier then fabricating records to cover it up.

Federal authorities charged Michael Thomas and Tova Noel with multiple counts of falsifying records and conspiracy. The two worked as guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal facility in Manhattan that is mostly used for defendants awaiting trial.

 In this April 4, 2018, file photo, shoppers walk past the Victoria's Secret store on Broadway in the Soho neighborhood of New York.
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Les Wexner, CEO of Columbus-based retailer L Brands, began a shareholders meeting Tuesday by denouncing now-deceased financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Less than three weeks after Jeffrey Epstein's suicide in prison, a federal judge has formally closed the sex trafficking case against the wealthy financier. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York approved a request filed by prosecutors to dismiss the charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein is dead, but that doesn't mean his accusers have been silenced.

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A woman in New York who said she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who was charged with sex trafficking, is suing his estate, an associate and members of his staff for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

"Today I am starting to reclaim my power," Jennifer Araoz, 32, told reporters.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after Epstein's apparent suicide left victims questioning how they would receive justice.

Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he and the Department of Justice were "appalled" and "frankly angry" at the death of Jeffrey Epstein at a federal jail in New York City over the weekend. He blamed the Metropolitan Correctional Center for failing to "adequately secure this prisoner."

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