Jeffrey Epstein was found injured Wednesday night in his jail cell—in what sources told New York’s NBC affiliate could be a possible suicide attempt—but the source of his injuries remains unclear.
- Epstein was found semiconscious with marks on his neck and lying in fetal position on the floor of his cell. Assault by another inmate has not been ruled out, according to New York’s NBC affiliate.
- A New York judge denied Epstein’s bail request July 18, which Epstein filed to appeal on Tuesday. Another source theorized Epstein allegedly staged a suicide attempt to get transferred out of jail.
- Epstein had been complaining about the conditions (rodents, flooding and bad food) inside the jail, according to New York’s NBC affiliate.
- Epstein is now under suicide watch in jail.
- A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons said Epstein was not transferred to a hospital, contrary to earlier news reports, and declined to comment further. Comment has not been provided from Epstein’s legal team or the U.S. Marshal’s and U.S. Attorney’s offices.
Key background: Epstein allegedly ran a sex ring of underage girls for him and his famous and wealthy friends. He has been under scrutiny since a 2007 federal sex crimes indictment in Florida that resulted in a lenient plea deal. The agreement granted him and his anonymous coconspirators immunity and sealed all documents. (A federal judge issued an order in July to unseal documents associated with the case, which could implicate other rich and powerful people.) The Miami Herald’s “Perversion of Justice” investigative series detailed how a federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, helped broker—and then seal—the plea deal. Epstein served 13 months in a county jail with 12 hours of work release, six days a week, after conviction on a Florida state prostitution charge and registered as a sex offender both in Florida and New York. After his release from county jail, Epstein went free until his July 6 arrest at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport and was charged with sex trafficking and sex conspiracy. He pleaded not guilty.