The New York financier, Jeffrey Epstein, who's facing sex trafficking charges involving dozens of underage girls, has been found unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell with injuries, media have reported, citing unidentified sources.
Law enforcement sources say Epstein was found lying on the floor of his jail cell, semi-conscious, despondent and crying with slight bruising around his neck.
It's still ambiguous what exactly happened to Epstein-some say it was a suicide attempt, while others hypothesize that Epstein staged an attack or suicide attempt because the injuries weren't serious.
According to WNBC , investigators spoke with Tartaglione, who is also being held at the same facility, and they are exploring the possibility that the 66-year-old Epstein may have been assaulted - though the former Briarcliff Manor police officer has denied any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors have also said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering he had paid a total of $350,000 to two people, including a former employee, in the previous year.
He was sentenced to 13 months in jail but was allowed to leave the county stockade on most days and spend the day in his private office.
He avoided federal indictment at the time but now is jailed in NY on new sex trafficking charges.
The accused sex trafficker was recently denied bail and is being held in a New York City federal jail. "During vetting for his cabinet post in the administration of US president Donald Trump, Acosta reportedly claimed he was told to "back off" of Epstein - who allegedly "(belonged) to intelligence".
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Epstein is also accused of paying off possible co-conspirators to "influence" them, U.S. media have reported.
His alleged victims have demanded to know how he was able to come to harm and said they fear he is trying to get out of the trial.
WNBC reported that "Barket said Tartaglione and Epstein have been complaining about conditions inside the MCC including flooding, rodents, and bad food".
Epstein was refused bail after a judge ruled he poses a danger to the public and was a possible flight risk.
A criminal investigation has been launched into accused pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's cushy jail time served in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2008 where he had "improper sexual contact" with women.
He faces up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.
Before his arrest on July 6, Epstein was known for partying and traveling with a number of Hollywood stars and world leaders including President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, George Stephanopoulos, Chelsea Handler and Mick Jagger.