Jeffrey Epstein’s former longtime bodyguard has given a paranoid interview saying he believes the billionaire pedophile had help killing himself in jail.
Igor Zinoviev, who is a former UFC fighter, worked as Epstein’s bodyguard and driver for about six years around the time the billionaire pleaded guilty in Florida to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.
In an interview with New York Magazine following Epstein’s apparent suicide, Zinoviev said he believes the 66-year-old had help ending his life.
Zinoviev also retracted previous comments he had made in 2015 about Epstein’s association with teenage girls and refused to say whether he had been contacted by the FBI in the wake of his death.
‘Somebody helped him to do that,’ Zinoviev said when he was asked what he thought about Epstein’s death in federal custody.
He wouldn’t elaborate on how that might have happened, saying: ‘Listen, you know, that’s going a little too deep’.
Igor Zinoviev, who is a former UFC fighter, worked as Epstein’s bodyguard and driver for about six years around the time the billionaire pleaded guilty in Florida to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution
Zinoviev was the one who drove Epstein to and from the Palm Beach jail where he served his 13-month sentence in 2008 after being allowed out on work release.
He also drove Epstein to various appointments in Palm Beach, flew on his plane to New York and the Virgin Islands and trained him in weightlifting and body combat. Zinoviev said he stayed in Epstein’s guesthouse when they were in Palm Beach.
In an unpublished 2015 interview with the same reporter, Zinoviev spoke about Epstein’s relationships with underage girls and how he would rotate them constantly.
Zinoviev said during that interview that he often saw teenage girls at Epstein’s house – even after he was convicted – and that he tried to stop his boss.
‘So many time I tried to stop him. I try to tell tell him my opinion about that. He don’t listen to me. That’s the reason why I’m not working for him no more,’ he said during the 2015 interview.
When questioned this week about his previous comments, Zinoviev denied every saying that Epstein had relationships with teenage girls.
‘Plenty of times when I work for him I never see anything unproper or teenage girls around him,’ he said.
‘I never see teenage girls in my life at his house. That’s what it is. That’s a misunderstanding.’
Zinoviev also spoke in 2015 of the power Epstein had and said he wasn’t surprised when he first learned he had been convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.
Zinoviev said this week he believes the 66-year-old had help ending his life after he was found dead in his jail cell in New York City on Saturday
‘I’m not surprised at all… He have so much money he can pay it off. Me personally, if I caught him with my daughter or something do that – I’m not going to go to police. I do something else. Much worse,’ he said.
During the recent interview, Zinoviev said it wasn’t smart to ask about Epstein’s ties to local Florida police and warned that the reporter could get himself into ‘big trouble’.
Zinoviev had previously said back in 2015 that Epstein was given a heads up when police were going to come by his home while he was house arrest.
He insisted this week that he wasn’t afraid following Epstein’s death but refused to say whether he had been contacted by the FBI or anyone in the government.
‘I’m not afraid. Beyond that just he is dead,’ Zinoviev said.
‘I don’t want anything to be uncorrect. There’s too much s**t in here, you know, already. He’s dead and just like, freaking people, just leave him alone.’
It comes as questions continue to emerge about the billionaire financier’s death after he died in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His autopsy found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone, the Washington Post reported late Wednesday.
Forensic experts say breaks to the hyoid bone can occur if someone hangs themselves but they are more common in strangulation.
Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell in New York City on Saturday, had pleaded not guilty in July to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005.
Attorney General William Barr has said the criminal investigation into any possible co-conspirators would continue.
The disgraced financier had been on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan but was then put back in a regular cell.
Sources have said guards did not follow procedures to check on Epstein frequently and that he was left alone in his cell for as long as three hours.