Video cameras outside Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell are ‘unusable’ and ‘too flawed’ to be used by investigators probing his death, officials reveal – in another security lapse from the troubled Manhattan prison
- Surveillance material taken outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell deemed to be unusable
- Footage from at least one camera outside his New York jail cell ‘too flawed’ to use
- Clearer footage taken of the area as FBI and the Justice Department probe death
- Epstein found dead at Metropolitan Correctional Center ahead of trafficking trial
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead before he could face his trial on sex trafficking charges
Video from outside the New York jail cell of millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is ‘too flawed’ to be used by investigators, according to officials.
Footage taken from a least one camera outside the financier’s jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan has been determined to be unusable.
Epstein hanged himself on August 10 in his cell while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.
The FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office are attempting to determine what happened in the lead up to the 66-year-old’s death and whether any prison policies were violated or crimes committed.
Sources have told the Washington Post that surveillance material gathered from the hallway outside his cell can not be used but there is some clearer footage of the area that is available.
It is not yet clear if the problem with the video camera is an isolated issue or an ongoing problem at the facility.
The unusable footage is just the latest in a series of apparent failures at the prison.
His death has triggered investigations by the FBI, the US Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which runs the detention facility.
It also prompted outrage and disbelief over how such a high-profile prisoner, known for socializing with powerful people including presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, could have been left without surveillance at the federal facility.
Epstein’s suicide occurred despite a previous attempt on July 23 when he was found on the floor of his cell with bruises on his neck.
Multiple sources have said Epstein was taken off the watch after a week and put back in a high-security housing unit where he was less closely monitored but still supposedly checked every 30 minutes.
The Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was found hanging in his jail cell earlier this month
Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors in 2005. Maxwell has been accused of procuring young girls for Epstein
Jail guards on duty the night of he died are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required. A guard in Epstein’s unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime and another guard was working mandatory overtime, sources said.
Attorney General William Barr said officials had uncovered ‘serious irregularities’ and was angry that staff members at the federal lockup had failed to ‘adequately secure this prisoner’.
Just two days before his death, Epstein signed a new will putting more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages.
Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges and was held without bail, accused of sexually abusing women in the early 2000s at mansions in Manhattan and Florida.
Up to 30 women are expected to come forward and speak at a court hearing on Tuesday as more previously unknown victims are believed to be coming forward.
The hearing at Manhattan federal court is expected to hear from woman already known to be filing law suits against Epstein’s estate as well as other alleged victims.
Prosecutors are due to scrap the sex trafficking charges after the billionaire was found dead.
But US District Judge Richard Berman vowed to keep open the investigation in to any alleged accomplices of Epstein’s.