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Amateur cell phone video filmed by a passerby in New York City shows the moment law enforcement officials raided the Upper East Side home of Jeffrey Epstein on Saturday.
The footage begins with loud bangs that are heard as officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department force their way into the billionaire’s house, where they allegedly uncovered a large cache of child pornography.
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As some two dozen law enforcement officials manage to enter the home, a small crowd of onlookers gathers from across the street.
They realize that the home belongs to Epstein and that the raid likely means he is in legal jeopardy.
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Moments later, police officers are seen waving the crowd away, asking them to disperse.
A security guard who works in a building nearby told DailyMail.com on Saturday that it took law enforcement officials about 15 minutes to break into the home.
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They used a large hammer to eventually bust through the front entrance, which is outfitted with sophisticated voiceprint and fingerprint technology.
The guard told DailyMail.com that there were approximately 20 FBI agents and between five and 10 NYPD officers who were both in uniform and in plain clothes.
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The raid took place on the same night that Epstein was taken into custody after landing in the United States from France.
Epstein on Monday entered a not guilty plea to two charges of sex trafficking in federal court that could put him behind bars for 45 years.
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The disgraced billionaire, 66, appeared in federal court for the first time on Monday, where he entered in a dark blue jumpsuit and took his seat next to his defense attorney for the first of two hearings in his case.
His arrival came hours after prosecutors unveiled what they had uncovered from Epstein's house after they raided his mansion on Saturday night,...
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