It may have been a possible suicide attempt…or something else, according to authorities.
According to media reports, convicted pedophile and accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found injured and in a fetal position in his jail cell on Wednesday night.
He was taken to a hospital, although it is still unclear whether he attempted to kill himself, was faking an injury, or was attacked, according to NBC New York:
Two sources tell News 4 that Epstein may have tried to hang himself, while a third source cautioned that the injuries were not serious and questioned if Epstein might be using it as a way to get a transfer.
A fourth source said an assault has not been ruled out, and that another inmate was questioned. The inmate who investigators have talked to in Lower Manhattan facility has been identified as Nicholas Tartaglione [pictured below], according to two sources. Tartaglione is a former police officer in Westchester County who was arrested in December 2016 and accused of killing four men in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy, then burying their bodies in his yard in Otisville in Orange County, according to court records.
Sources told News 4 investigators questioned Tartaglione, and the former cop claimed not to have seen anything and insisted he did not touch Epstein, sources said.
Epstein was discovered by guards sprawled out on the floor at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he’s being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, reported the New York Post.