Accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein was found injured and in curled up in a fetal position inside his New York City jail cell. Was it a suicide attempt or something else?
The wealthy financier has been held at Metropolitan Correctional Center after a judge denied him bond as he awaits his trial for conspiracy and sex trafficking. He was found injured and partially conscious in his cell this week with marks on his neck, unnamed sources told NBC New York.
While two sources told that outlet that it’s possible that Epstein was hurt trying to hang himself, another told the outlet that it may have been an attempt to get transferred out of that jail, adding that the injuries were not very serious.
Yet another source told NBC New York that it’s possible Epstein was assaulted. They said another inmate was questioned in connection with the incident. That inmate, according to two unnamed sources who talked to NBC 4, is former cop Nicholas Tartaglione. He was arrested three years ago and faces federal charges related to the murders of four men in a cocaine distribution conspiracy. Tartaglione denied having anything to do with Epstein's injuries, according to NBC New York.
Since the incident, Epstein has been put on suicide watch, CBS News reports.
Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender, is accused of manipulating girls, some as young as just 14, into committing sex acts for years at both his Manhattan and Palm Beach homes.
A judge denied his bail request on July 18, stating that Epstein could be a danger to others and to the community, according to the Associated Press. Epstein’s legal team had asked for him to be allowed to stay under house arrest at his Manhattan home until his trial. He was reportedly willing to offer up $559 million as collateral, CNN reported.
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