Jeffrey Epstein was in "great spirits" Friday before his death, offering no signs of being suicidal, even telling one of his lawyers in his last words, "I'll see you Sunday," the N.Y. Post reported.
"Every day he was very positive and the night before he was real positive," a source told the Post. "He was in great spirits the night before."
The source added Epstein's last words to his lawyer were: "I'll see you Sunday."
The next morning Epstein, 66 – facing two sex trafficking charges in New York, including one involving a minor – was found unresponsive in his cell, hanging from the top of a bunk bed with a bedsheet tied around his neck, later dying of an apparent suicide – although the corner has not officially released the final determination.
"He thought he was going to win the double-jeopardy motion," the source told the Post of Epstein's optimism before his death at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.
"He was delusional," the source added. "He thought he was going to get the same deal he got in Florida."
The Post noted it is unclear if Epstein's optimism was genuine or "part of an elaborate act designed to enable him to kill himself."
Included in the report were details of why Epstein's attorneys requested he be taken off suicide watch after he had been found in his cell July 23, struggling to breath and with injuries to his neck.
Epstein was then sharing his cell with a former Westchester County cop, Nicholas Tartaglione, who faces the death penalty in four drug-related slayings upstate.
According to the Post source, Epstein told lawyers, "The cop roughed him up, and that's why they got him off suicide watch."
Bruce Barket, the lawyer for Tartaglione, refuted that claim to the Post.
"I spoke to his lawyers and they never hinted at that to me, but he must have said something to get off suicide watch," Barket told the Post. "I do know that Nick was not brought up on any charges at all in the institution, so they cleared him.
"It's simply, patently false to say that [Epstein] did anything other than try to kill himself at least twice, and succeeded when he succeeded.
"We were a little worried that he would make up something to get out of suicide watch or try and argue for bail, but it's pretty clear what happened, given the end result here."
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