Jeffrey Epstein Metropolitan Correctional Center

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Former cellmate played no role in Epstein's injuries weeks before his death

August 16, 2019 - 3:51 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmate was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident where Epstein was found injured on the floor of his Manhattan cell three weeks before his death NBC News reports.

Epstein, was arrested for raping underage girls and for sex trafficking and was placed under suicide watch after he was found semiconscious with marks around his neck and in a fetal position inside the cell he was sharing with Nicholas Tartaglione, a former upstate New York police officer facing quadruple murder charges.

Tartaglione's lawyer Bruce Barket told NBC News that he received an email from MCC officials a day before Epstein's death, informing that the internal investigation had concluded Tartaglione would not face charges or internal discipline.

"We've always maintained Nick did nothing wrong and that's clearly been borne out here by the jail itself," Barket said.

An official familiar with the case confirmed Barket's account. A spokesperson for the MCC declined comment.

Federal prison officials have not released any information regarding the incident on July 23 and many questions have been raised over why Epstein was removed from suicide watch and why he was alone the day he apparently took his own life.

"What this means is that whatever happened to Epstein was inflicted on himself," Cameron Lindsay, a former warden at four federal facilities told NBC News. "It looks like a pretty straightforward case of someone who wanted to die."

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