Judge to hand down bail decision in Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficking case

The embattled financier will appear Thursday in a New York courtroom.
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Transcript for Judge to hand down bail decision in Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficking case
The latest on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. The megamillionaire accused of sex trafficking will appear today in a New York courtroom where a federal judge will let him know if he can leave jail on bail while he fights charges. Tom llamas with us. You visited his private island That's right. Good morning to you. We just got back and spent the last two days in St. Thomas getting a look at one of his private island, little St. James and learned at one point Epstein wanted to change the name to little St. Jeff's. The former employee said he had to stop there because of all the strange things he was witnessing from seeing photos of topless women in nearly every room to seeing topless women walking around. The one common theme they all looked young. As Jeffrey Epstein sits in jail a former employee tells ABC news he must be going crazy being locked up. Just over my shoulders is one of his private islands. I spoke to the contract worker who spent six years beginning in 1999 installing telecommunications on the caribbean compound. He says Epstein was very controlling and particular about the way he lived. Can we talk to you? We tried to speak to employees on the island which is still operating but they did not want to talk to us. A former employee says what he saw inside was disturbing. Photo after photo of young looking girls without their tops on. Prosecutors pointed to Epstein's lifestyle and wealth to argue he is an extreme flight risk and dropped a bombshell earlier this week when he they said during a raid of his mansion they found inside of a locked safe piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport with Epstein's picture but a different name and a stated residence in Saudi Arabia. We think he a significant flight risk and that is why we are seeking detention pending trial. Reporter: Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking of minors and his legal team argued he is willing to put up his mansion and private jet as collateral for bond even willing to live with armed guards, security cameras and a gps bracelet inside of his New York home. Prosecutors have said Epstein is not allowed to build his own jail inside of his Manhattan mansion saying it would be a gilded cage and president trump a one-time associate has tried to distance himself from Jeffrey Epstein. I wasn't a big fan of Jeffrey Epstein. That I can tell you. Reporter: NBC released a video from 1992 from one of their talk shows showing Epstein and trump laughing and enjoying themselves. The president said he had a falling out with Epstein 15 years ago and the trump organization says Epstein was banned from mar-a-lago. Now, president trump has not commented about that video. A judge will decide later this morning if Epstein gets bail. What a story. Okay, Tom, thanks very much.

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