Footage from outside Jeffrey Epstein’s prison cell that was previously declared missing has been found.
A day after they said the footage did not exist, New York prosecutors confirmed Friday that they had located video of Jeffrey Epstein’s first suicide attempt in July, CNBC reported.
According to Breitbart, the footage was sought by an attorney for Epstein’s former cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, a fearsome killer cop on trial for a quadruple murder.
“The Government is in the process of obtaining a copy of the Video from the MCC [Metropolitan Correctional Center],” prosecutors said, referring to the jail where Epstein was being held, according to CNBC. “Once the Government obtains a copy of the Video, the Government intends to make it available for defense counsel’s review at the United States Attorney’s Office.”
The missing link
Epstein was placed on suicide watch after the July incident, in which he was found unconscious in his jail cell with laceration marks on his neck, but he was taken off that increased surveillance and left without a cellmate before his August death. Epstein had accused Tartaglione of roughing him up, but Tartaglione has claimed that he saved Epstein’s life.
Tartaglione’s counsel has sought the video as proof of his client’s good character, but prosecutors on Wednesday told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas that the footage was gone. According to Fox News, it was only a day later that Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that the opposite was true: the video had been “preserved” as requested by Tartaglione’s lawyers, who first sought the footage two days after Epstein’s July suicide attempt.
According to CNBC, Berman told Karas that prosecutors “confirmed with MCC staff that the Video was preserved by MCC staff upon defense counsel’s request in July 2019.”
Tartaglione’s attorney, Bruce Barket, told CNBC said that his team is “very pleased” the video was saved. “We look forward to viewing it,” he added.
The odd circumstances of Epstein’s death brought speculation of foul play that has never died down, despite insistence from the media and authorities that Epstein was merely a suicide victim being kept at a poorly managed jail. Epstein had no cellmate when he died, and he was not being checked on by the guards in his block the night before.
The two guards charged with watching Epstein were indicted in November for covering up their negligence by falsifying logbooks, CBS News reported. Epstein was supposed to be monitored every 30 minutes, but he was left alone for about eight hours before guards found him dead in his cell the next morning.
In the weeks since, Epstein’s younger brother, Mark, has not ruled out the possibility that Jeffrey was murdered, and the uncertainty has made the younger Epstein afraid for his life, Fox Business reported. Many have speculated that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in prison by — or on behalf of — powerful people in his elite circle who wanted to prevent the multi-millionaire from compromising their reputations.
Mark Epstein hired a forensic pathologist, Michael Baden, who has said that Jeffrey’s neck injuries are more consistent with homicide by strangulation than suicide, according to Fox. But only time will tell if we ever learn the truth.