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Jeffrey Epstein spends 23 hours a day in a moldy prison cell with rats at New York jail

 Jeffrey Epstein is locked in a moldy 8ft by 8ft cell for 23 hours a day at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York

Jeffrey Epstein’s prison block is so grim that inmates wake up with rats in their blankets having accidentally smothered them in their sleep.

The billionaire – who is used to living the high life on his private Caribbean island and million dollar mansion in New York and Florida -has to put up with black mold in the shower and standing water in his cell from leaks.

Rather than flying all over the world on his private jet, Epstein is locked in an 8ft by 8ft cell for 23 hours a day with no direct sunlight at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

Epstein has given up his polo shirts and designer clothes for the prison-issue navy blue t-shirt and pants.

And instead of fine wines and private chefs cooking his meals, Epstein now has to eat food from the prison kitchen which is ‘barely edible’ said a lawyer with a client in the same unit.

The 66-year-old is being held at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) -which has been dubbed 'mini Guantanamo Bay' - while he waits to go on trial for sex trafficking charges

The 66-year-old is being held at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) -which has been dubbed ‘mini Guantanamo Bay’ – while he waits to go on trial for sex trafficking charges

His prison stay is a far cry from his lavish lifestyle before his arrest. Epstein requested to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side (pictured), which was denied by a judge on July 18

His prison stay is a far cry from his lavish lifestyle before his arrest. Epstein requested to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (pictured), which was denied by a judge on July 18

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005

Lawyer Bruce Barket told DailyMail.com that the MCC was ‘the worst prison I have ever seen’ and that he had been complaining about it on behalf of Nicholas Tartaglione, who is accused of four murders.

Barket said that Tartaglione and Epstein, who is normally seen with young models on his arm, have become ‘good friends’ since he arrived there and are consoling each other through their incarceration.

Epstein reportedly tried to kill himself on Tuesday days after being denied bail by a federal judge.

The convicted pedophile was found with neck injuries lying semi-conscious on the floor in the fetal position and was rushed to hospital.

NBC New York reported that Epstein, who is accused of abusing dozens of underage girls, may have tried to hang himself.

But the TV station also said that his injuries were not serious and that Epstein may have been trying to get transferred out of the MCC into a more comfortable cell.

Prison officials are investigating if he could have been assaulted by another inmate and Barket denied that it was anything to do with Tartaglione.

The MCC has been likened to a mini Guantanamo Bay because of its strict conditions and previous inmates have include Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the Mexican drug lord.

It is a far cry from Epstein’s usual life of luxury such as his $77million mansion in New York, his massive ranch in New Mexico, a $12million estate in Florida and Little St James, his private island in the Caribbean.

Tartaglione is a former police officer who was accused of killing four men in a drug deal conspiracy before allegedly burying their bodies in his yard.

Barket said that Tartaglione and Epstein are in the same Special Housing Unit which is home to 99 inmates who are there because they are a security risk or have violated disciplinary rules.

The billionaire owns  this $12million West Palm Beach, Florida, residence (pictured) where he allegedly had sex with underage girls

The billionaire owns  this $12million West Palm Beach, Florida, residence (pictured) where he allegedly had sex with underage girls 

Epstein owns a private island - Little St James Island - in the Caribbean near St Thomas

Epstein owns a private island – Little St James Island – in the Caribbean near St Thomas  

This graphic shows the interior of Epstein's cell, which features a shower, toilet and four inch wide window overlooking the prison courtyard

This graphic shows the interior of Epstein’s cell, which features a shower, toilet and four inch wide window overlooking the prison courtyard 

Barket said that the MCC was an ‘inherently bad place’ because the lights are on all the time and the frosted glass means no direct sun gets in.

Epstein has become friends with ex-police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, who is held in the same prison and accused of murdering four people

Epstein has become friends with ex-police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, who is held in the same prison and accused of murdering four people

The only time inmates can spend outside is the rare occasions they are allowed on the exercise yard on the roof – but that has a cage on the top.

Barket said that the MCC was a ‘disaster from top to bottom’.

He said: ‘At times prisoners are kept for days in their cells because the guards are too lazy to let them out.

‘The place is infested with insects and rodents and there is black mold in the shower. Most of the cells have leaks so there is standing water in many of them.

‘The guards refuse to wash the bed linen so inmates have the same sheets for far too long. The food is barely edible and the vents are covered in dust.

‘The medical care is virtually nonexistent. It’s a small thing but even the clocks in the attorney visiting room don’t have batteries because they don’t replace them’

Barket said that the prison was a ‘violent place’ and that Tartaglione had recently been assaulted by another inmate who put his locker lock inside a sock and hit his head with it’.

The rodent infestation extends to the prison commissary where inmates can buy food and snacks – and the cells themselves.

Barket said: ‘A week ago Nick woke up and realized he’d accidentally smothered a rat in his sleep. It’s disgusting’.

At his sentencing earlier this month ‘El Chapo’ Guzman complained about his treatment at the MCC and said it amounted to ‘torture’.

In his address to the court he said: ‘I’ve been forced to drink unsanitary water. I’ve been denied access to fresh air and sunlight.

‘The only sunlight I have in my cell comes through in the air vent. I have been physically, psychologically, mentally tortured 24 hours a day’.

This is one of the jail cells in the MCC. Epstein is in the Special Housing Unit which is home to 99 inmates who are deemed a security risk or have violated disciplinary rules

This is one of the jail cells in the MCC. Epstein is in the Special Housing Unit which is home to 99 inmates who are deemed a security risk or have violated disciplinary rules

At his sentencing earlier this month Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman complained about his treatment while being held at the MCC and said it amounted to 'torture'

At his sentencing earlier this month Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman complained about his treatment while being held at the MCC and said it amounted to ‘torture’

Epstein reportedly tried to kill himself on Tuesday while being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center just days after being denied bail by a federal judge

Epstein reportedly tried to kill himself on Tuesday while being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center just days after being denied bail by a federal judge

Epstein was arrested on July 6 and accused of abusing dozens of children in New York and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He is seen in a court sketch from July 18

Epstein was arrested on July 6 and accused of abusing dozens of children in New York and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He is seen in a court sketch from July 18

Last year Joshua Schulte, a CIA coder accused of passing documents to Wikileaks, said of the MCC that ‘no human being should ever have to experience this torture’.

Lawyer Bruce Barket - who represents inmate Nicholas Tartaglione - told DailyMail.com that the MCC was 'the worst prison I have ever seen'

Lawyer Bruce Barket – who represents inmate Nicholas Tartaglione – told DailyMail.com that the MCC was ‘the worst prison I have ever seen’ 

He wrote in a letter: ‘The s***-filled showers where you leave dirtier than when you entered; the flooding of the tiers and cages with ice cold water; the constant blast of cold air as we are exposed to extreme cold without blankets or long-sleeve shirts; the uncontrollable lights that are always on as we are sleep deprived’.

Last Thursday Epstein, 66, was denied bail by a federal judge who rejected a $100million bail package offered by his lawyers because he was too dangerous to the community.

On Monday, Epstein’s lawyers filed a notice with the court saying they wanted to appeal the judge’s decision.

The next day he was found with the injuries and was taken out of the prison to a hospital for treatment.

He was returned to the MCC later that day and put on suicide watch in solitary protective custody.

Barket said that a partner in his law firm saw Epstein in the attorney visiting room on Wednesday, the day after the incident, and he looked ‘pale and thin’.

The charges against Epstein filed in Manhattan’s federal court say that he molested girls at his homes in New York and West Palm Beach between 2002 and 2005.

He has pleaded not guilty to two charges of sex trafficking and is next due in court on Wednesday.

Lawyers for Epstein did not return calls for comment.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons did not return calls and spokesmen for the US Marshals and US Attorney’s office declined to comment.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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