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    (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 8, 2019, a protest group called Hot Mess hold up photos of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City

    'Not That Jeffrey': Epstein's Namesake Weathers a Storm of Online Abuse After Billionaire’s Death

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    As Epstein’s namesake came forward to reveal his woes on social media, a number of people noted that they too have to deal with similar issues.

    The recent demise of Jeffrey Edward Epstein, a wealthy financier who was facing accusations of sex trafficking, had an unexpected impact on the life of one man simply because his name,` too, is Jeffrey Epstein.

    As Jeffrey R. Epstein, a publicist at Disney, complained on his Twitter page, the death of his nefarious namesake resulted in a deluge of threats and abuse from people who apparently confused the living and the dead.

    ​As some offered Jeffrey their sympathy…

    …others remarked that this experience is familiar to them.

    On 9 August, financier Jeffrey Epstein reportedly hanged himself in his Manhattan prison cell where he was awaiting trial. He was on a suicide watch after an earlier suicide attempt in July, but attorneys pushed for him to be taken off the watchlist shortly before his death, according to The Hill.

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