US billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested on new sex trafficking charges connected to allegations from the early 2000s.
Epstein was arrested in New York and will appear in court on Monday, law enforcement officials told US media. It comes amid renewed controversy over a plea deal he once reached to end a federal investigation against him.
His lawyer has not yet commented on the latest charges. Law enforcement officers have not been authorised to discuss the case, but several have spoken to US media outlets on condition of anonymity. The latest charges stemmed from allegations that Epstein paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his New York and Florida homes.
Epstein, 66, was previously accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. The wealthy financier; who was once friendly with Prince Andrew, former US President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump reached a plea deal to avoid federal sex trafficking charges in the case.
Instead, he pleaded guilty in 2008 to lesser state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution. This averted a possible life sentence, and instead saw him spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender.