Accused billionaire pedophile, sex trafficker, and Bill Clinton buddy Jeffrey Epstein has been placed on suicide watch. Sources at the Metropolitan Correction Center have said that Epstein was found semi-conscious in his cell with marks on his neck.
NBC New York is reporting that what exactly happened is unclear. One source has said that Jeffrey Epstein’s injuries may have stemmed from an assault rather than a suicide attempt.
Two sources tell News 4 that Epstein may have tried to hang himself, while a third source cautioned that the injuries were not serious and questioned if Epstein might be using it as a way to get a transfer.
A fourth source said an assault has not been ruled out, and that another inmate was questioned. The inmate who investigators have talked to in Lower Manhattan facility has been identified as Nicholas Tartaglione, according to two sources. Tartaglione is a former police officer in Westchester County who was arrested in December 2016 and accused of killing four men in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy, then burying their bodies in his yard in Otisville in Orange County, according to court records.
Sources told News 4 investigators questioned Tartaglione, and the former cop claimed not to have seen anything and insisted he did not touch Epstein, sources said.
The attorney for Tartaglione denied all the claims that his client attacked the financier, saying his client and Epstein get along well. The attorney added Epstein was seen today and appears to be fine.
Bruce Barket, an attorney for Tartaglione, says both he and Epstein have been complaining of poor conditions inside MCC.
Epstein has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center since being denied bail by a judge on July 18.g