Surveillance footage outside of convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein’s prison cell during his first suicide attempt has gone missing, according to prosecutors. Epstein was imprisoned in July 2019 in Manhattan. The former billionaire shared a cell with Nick Tartaglione, a former police officer accused of killing four people during a drug deal.
Epstein was found nearly unconscious with neck injuries on July 23, in what was ruled a suicide attempt. Sources close to the Epstein case say that Epstein had accused Tartaglione of inflicting the injuries. Tartaglione’s lawyer Bruce Barket requested footage of the incident to prove his client’s innocence, but prosecutors said in a court hearing on Wednesday that the footage is missing. On August 10, Epstein was found hanging in separate cell, which he had been placed in alone after being taken off of suicide watch just one week after the July 23 incident. His death was ruled a suicide by the New York City medical examiner, but forensics say Epstein’s death was most likely a homicide.