The two guards assigned to Jeffrey Epstein’s wing of the Manhattan jail fell asleep while they were supposed to be monitoring him, it has been claimed.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning, seemingly by suicide. The death of one of America’s most high-profile prisoners as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges has enraged the attorney general, William Barr, and angered his accusers.
On Wednesday it emerged that Epstein was left unsupervised for three hours, in spite of orders to check on him every 30 minutes.
According to reports in The New York Times, surveillance video from inside the jail, reviewed after Epstein’s death, shows guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not make some of the checks they claimed to have made in their logs.
The two guards are alleged to have falsified records to cover up their mistake, several law enforcement and prison officials told the paper.