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Jeffrey Epstein Found Injured In Jail Cell, Taken To Hospital
Bruce Haring July 24, 2019
Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly found in his cell on Tuesday with injuries to his neck in what may have been a possible suicide attempt.
The New York Post reports that Epstein was found “nearly unconscious” by guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he’s incarcerated on sex-trafficking charges. He is being held without bail and reports have speculated that he may cooperate with authorities who are seeking to unlock a larger conspiracy that may involve politicians, celebrities, media people and financial giants.
How Epstein sustained his injuries is unclear. The Post story reported that he may have inflicted the injuries on himself, or been attacked by another inmate.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 on sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges. He has been charged with operating a ring for abusing teenage girls in various locations, including a Caribbean island, his Manhattan townhouse and an estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The charges stem from activities from 2002 to 2005.
He has pleased not guilty and has tried to secure bail, reportedly offering $100 million as security. But a judge has not allowed him to leave custody.
Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Ruled Suicide by New York City Medical Examiner
Autopsy report released, finding the sex offender killed himself in jail.
Pervaiz Shallwani Published 08.16.19 4:19PM ET
Jeffery Esptein’s death was ruled a suicide by the New York City medical examiner on Friday, a much-awaited final determination that authorities hope will put to rest conspiracy theories that have swirled since the sex offender awaiting trial hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell last week.
A person familiar with the investigation said that autopsy photos showed that the marks around Epstein’s neck did not look like those left by a rope, but instead looked more like those from fabric, which is consistent with reports that he had used a bed sheet that is issued to all prisoners who are not on suicide watch.
Epstein, 66, was found unconscious around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 with a bedsheet around his neck at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he had been held while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. He was pronounced dead about an hour later after being transported to a nearby hospital.
The ruling comes a week after Sampson’s office finished the autopsy on Epstein’s corpse.
The medical examiner’s office had been waiting for additional information such as toxicology results and reports from law-enforcement agencies including the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons who are investigating how Epstein was able to kill himself while under heavy security at a jail cell, officials said.
Epstein’s death has sparked multiple investigations by the Department of Justice, including the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons and DOJ Inspector General wondering how it happened.
Three weeks before he died, Epstein was found in a state of medical distress with marks around his neck in an apparent suicide attempt, according to officials. Epstein was then placed on suicide watch where he was moved to a special cell and subjected to daily psychiatric evaluations. Around July 29th, he was reportedly taken off suicide watch and moved to the jail’s extra-secure Special Housing Unit. There he was supposed to be monitored by guards every 30 minutes and required to have a roommate—protocols that were apparently not followed on the day of his death.
It’s not clear if Epstein’s body has been buried, but the medical examiner’s office confirmed that it had been released to an associate. A person with direct knowledge said that Epstein’s body was claimed by his brother Mark.
Epstein’s attorneys had hired celebrity pathologist Michael Baden to observe the autopsy on the family’s behalf. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said that Baden—who often works on celebrity and high-profile deaths—was in the room within eyesight of the examination.
“Dr. Baden was able to observe the autopsy, however, he did not participate in the autopsy,” the spokeswoman said, adding that for the sake of transparency, “it’s general practice to allow people in the room.”
Reached by phone, Baden said he is bound by a gag order from the medical examiner’s officer and Epstein’s attorneys and currently not allowed to speak about the autopsy.