(PM) — Reports have surfaced of the billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein having either attempted suicide or having been assaulted in his prison cell in the Metropolitan Correction Center, New York.
Epstein, a close friend of former President Bill Clinton, has been charged and currently remanded in custody over alleged child-trafficking offenses and conspiracy offenses, was discovered yesterday in what was described as in a fetal position and in a ‘semi-conscious’ state, with injury marks to his neck.
A fellow inmate has been questioned regarding the circumstances leading up to the incident.
Unsubstantiated reports claim the inmate is a former police officer and alleged quadruple murderer.
Epstein has recently been denied bail with conditions to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
He was convicted in a Florida state court in 2008 of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring a 17-year-old girl for prostitution, for which he served 13 months in “custody with work release” as part of a plea deal where federal officials had identified 36 victims.