Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is found 'semi-conscious with neck injuries' in his jail cell following a 'possible suicide attempt', a week after he was denied bail in his sex trafficking trial

Jeffrey Epstein has been found injured in his cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center

25 July 2019 - 08:19

effrey Epstein has been found injured in the fetal position in his New York jail cell in what has been described as a possible suicide attempt or assault. 

The 66-year-old, who is being held in custody ahead of his trial for sex trafficking, was said to be semi-conscious with neck injuries when he was found in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Witnesses told RadarOnline that Epstein was 'blue in the face' and was 'sprawled out on the floor' as prison guards rushed to treat him in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  

At one point, he is said to have lost consciousness before he was eventually carried away.  

Sources told NBC News that Epstein was found in his cell in the fetal position with marks on his neck after possible trying to hang himself. 

Investigators are looking into whether it was a suicide attempt by Epstein or if the billionaire financier was attacked. 

Due to him being in federal custody, Epstein is locked up in his cell for about 23 hours each day. The jail is the same facility where notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán was held during his trial.  

The 66-year-old, who is being held in custody ahead of his trial for sex trafficking, was found injured in his cell at the Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center

The 66-year-old, who is being held in custody ahead of his trial for sex trafficking, was found injured in his cell at the Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005

Investigators have already spoken to ex-police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, who is accused of murdering four people, but he has denied touching Epstein

Investigators have already spoken to ex-police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, who is accused of murdering four people, but he has denied touching Epstein 

Epstein, who was initially held in the general population at the jail, was moved to solitary confinement following threats from fellow inmates, a source told the Daily Beast when the move happened. 

It is not clear if Epstein was still be held in solitary confinement when he was injured.  

Authorities have already spoken to an accused murderer who is being held at the jail. That inmate, former police officer Nicholas Tartaglione who is accused of killing four men in a cocaine deal gone wrong, reportedly said he hadn't touched Epstein. 

Tartaglione's attorney has since denied reports his client attacked Epstein and insisted that the pair got along well.   

Other law enforcement sources have said that Epstein's injuries were not serious and speculated that it could be his way of getting a transfer out of the jail.   

It comes after Epstein appealed a federal judge's decision to keep him in the Manhattan jail while he awaits trial.

According to a court notice made public on Tuesday, Epstein will ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge's July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side. 

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls. 

Epstein has appealed to get overturned a judge's July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side (above)

Epstein has appealed to get overturned a judge's July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side (above)

The charges, concerning alleged misconduct from at least 2002 to 2005, were announced more than a decade after Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida. 

In denying him bail, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said the government had shown by clear and convincing evidence that Epstein would pose a danger to the community if released pending trial.   

'Epstein's alleged excessive attraction to sexual conduct with or in the presence of minor girls - which is said to include his soliciting and receiving massages from young girls and young women perhaps as many as four times a day - appears likely to be uncontrollable,' Berman said in a written decision.

Prosecutors accused Epstein of arranging for girls under the age of 18 to perform nude 'massages' and other sex acts, and of paying some girls to recruit others.

They also said there was a high risk Epstein would use his wealth to flee.

Epstein estimated his net worth at $559 million, including a private plane and homes in Paris and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Lawyers for Epstein have said he has had an unblemished record since his 2008 guilty plea, which was part of an agreement negotiated quietly with Alex Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney in Miami.

Epstein served 13 months in jail but was allowed to leave regularly to work. 

 

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