Jeffrey Epstein was not on suicide watch when he hanged himself

Written by NYpost | Source: NYpost | August 10, 2019 12:50 PM

Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was not on suicide watch in the Manhattan jail where he hanged himself Saturday morning, officials said.

Department of Justice spokesman Lee Plourde told The Post that Epstein, 66, was not “currently” on watch in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Facility while he awaited trial on child sex-trafficking charges.

Plourde refused to say whether that meant Epstein had been taken off additional monitoring or whether he had never been getting special attention to make sure he did not kill himself.

“I’m not going to discuss his previous medical status,” he said.

Epstein had reportedly been placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell on July 23. There was some question about whether the incident was a suicide attempt or an assault, and investigators noted that the marks on his neck were “more consistent with being choked than hanging yourself,” one source told the Post.

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