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Reports: Epstein on Suicide Watch After NYC Jail Incident

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Jeffrey Epstein (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:14 AM

Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is on suicide watch at a New York City jail after he was discovered semi-conscious in his cell Wednesday, possibly after attempting to take his own life.

According to several media reports, guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center found Epstein curled up on the floor with injuries to his neck. He was nearly unconscious, and Reuters reported that his face appeared blue.

Authorities believe he either tried to kill himself, possibly by hanging, or he was attacked by another inmate.

NBC New York reported that another inmate, a former police officer charged with killing four men, was questioned and denied doing anything to Epstein, who was recently arrested and slapped with several charges related to sexual abuse of young girls.

Epstein was taken to a New York City hospital after he was discovered. It's unclear what his condition is.

Neither a representative for the correctional center nor Epstein's attorney returned calls or email inquiries from Reuters.

The Daily Beast reported that Epstein was originally placed into the jail's general population but was moved into solitary protective custody after being threatened by other inmates at the facility.

Epstein was recently denied bail, a move his lawyers plan to appeal, according to a court notice made public on Tuesday.

Epstein was expected to ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge's July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges and the appeal for bail was expected. His lawyer Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.

The charges, concerning alleged misconduct from at least 2002 to 2005, were announced more than a decade after Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida.

In denying him bail, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said the government had shown by clear and convincing evidence that Epstein would pose a danger to the community if released pending trial.

Material from Reuters was used in this report.

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Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is on suicide watch at a New York City jail after he was discovered semi-conscious in his cell Wednesday.
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Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:14 AM
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