More than two years after convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died behind bars from a reported suicide, his cellmate is speaking out.
According to reports, William Mersey is opening up about the time he spent behind bars with the disgraced financier — including what Epstein told him about former President Bill Clinton.
“Jeffrey was scared to death”
Mersey indicated that he had previously shared a cell with a former top campaign adviser for former President Donald Trump.
“Unlike Paul Manafort who’d been my celly, was in for 11 months and could handle it, Jeffrey was scared to death,” he recalled, according to the New York Post.
Among the conversations that Mersey said he had with Epstein was one regarding Clinton’s predilections.
“I asked him if Clinton liked his girls young,” Mersey recalled. “His emphatic response: ‘No. Bill liked his women mature.'”
Another report included remarks about Epstein’s ability — or lack thereof — to survive in prison.
“He required protective custody”
“Epstein was soft as a pillow and not prepared to handle this,” Mersey said, according to the Post. “He required protective custody. He was scared and he did not get over it. Handling prison constantly occupied his mind. To sleep he’d place an orange prison sock over his eyes.”
He noted that he expressed concerns about Epstein’s well-being to authorities at the prison, explaining: “Epstein was initially brought into general population, a residence he was in no way prepared to handle. He also complained about the laxative the prison gave him and asked them not to continue giving him what they were prescribing. Didn’t matter. It’s what they gave him.”
Clinton is one of several prominent figures with close ties to Epstein, though he has repeatedly denied accompanying the billionaire to a private island on which an array of sexual crimes allegedly occurred.
A spokesperson for the former president asserted that Clinton had not spoken to Epstein for years prior to the revelations about his “terrible crimes,” adding: “The story keeps changing, the facts don’t. President Clinton has never been to the island.”
Even after the recent conviction of Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell, many details about Epstein’s life and death remain obscured. His former cellmate, however, appears to be interested in shedding light on at least certain aspects of his time behind bars.