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Any surveillance video from Jeffrey Epstein’s first obvious suicide try in a Manhattan jail cell has been deleted, prosecutors stated Thursday, additional fanning the flames of conspiracy that’ve engulfed Epstein’s dying final August.
The rich financier, who was accused of grooming and sexually abusing dozens of women for years, was discovered unconscious in his cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correction Middle shortly after his July arrest on intercourse trafficking fees. (He later died by suicide in the identical jail in August.)
Simply two days after Epstein’s first obvious suicide try, his then-cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, requested surveillance footage to show that he tried to save lots of the registered intercourse offender. Tartaglione, a former police officer, is awaiting trial on fees of killing 4 males in 2016, and faces the dying penalty. His attorneys hoped the video would assist his case, in keeping with The Journal Information.
Jail officers apparently preserved a video from that day and time, however from the flawed cell block solely, in keeping with prosecutors. And though there’s a backup video mechanism for the Particular Housing Unit, the place Epstein was held that day, the secondary video doesn’t exist, both, as a result of a “technical error.” The FBI solely found the jail had didn’t protect the proper video final week, and jail officers beforehand thought the best video existed.
Tartaglione’s legal professional, Bruce Barket, instructed CBS Information the jail the place Epstein died is “the worst facility, jail or jail that I have been to in 35 years of training legislation.”
Epstein died by suicide three weeks after the primary obvious try. Video from outdoors his cell that day was efficiently preserved, and is getting used as proof towards the 2 guards accused of not correctly monitoring Epstein within the hours main as much as his dying.
Ever since his August dying, conspiracies and hypothesis about whether or not or not the well-connected Epstein truly killed himself have flourished, and a few have even been shared on Twitter by President Donald Trump and members of Congress. Conspiracy theorists used Thursday’s information in regards to the lacking footage to bolster their claims on Twitter.
Epstein was left alone within the cell when he died. A forensic pathologist employed by Epstein’s household has described the financier’s dying as a homicide, though New York Metropolis’s chief medical expert has insisted his accidents have been in step with a suicide by hanging.
Representatives from New York’s MCC didn’t instantly reply to a VICE Information request for remark. A consultant for the federal Bureau of Prisons, which oversees the New York jail, declined to remark as a result of Epstein’s dying remains to be underneath investigation.
Cowl picture: This July 1, 2019 file picture reveals the Manhattan Correctional Middle, in New York. Financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide and was present in his cell on the Manhattan Correctional Middle. (AP Picture/Richard Drew, File)