U.S. District Judge Richard Berman announced his decision at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan, rejecting Epstein’s request to stay under house arrest in his New York mansion valued at $77 million. Epstein has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors had argued that Epstein should remain jailed both because he posed a danger to the community and because there was a high risk he would use his vast wealth to flee the country.
“The government has established a danger to others and the community by clear and convincing evidence,” Berman said at the hearing. The judge said he would issue a written opinion explaining his decision more fully later on Thursday.
The judge also scheduled a hearing in the case for July 31.