Jeffrey Epstein spent hours alone with mysterious woman in lockup
Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours locked up alone with a mystery woman — possibly part of his legal team — just a day after he was taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, according to a new report.
A visiting attorney, who asked that his name not be used, told Forbes Thursday that he saw the young woman with Epstein on July 30, when the disgraced financier was transferred into the facility’s Special Housing Unit.
“The optics were startling,” the attorney told the outlet. “Because she was young. And pretty.”
He speculated that the woman could be a lawyer — as the multimillionaire paid members of his legal team to visit him for nearly eight hours a day, so he could avoid his cell and sit in a room designated for attorney meetings, NBC News reported last week.
The visiting attorney told Forbes that when he visited that day, Epstein’s main lawyer, Reid Weingarten, wasn’t there — and neither were any of his other known attorneys. It was only the mystery woman.
“If I was him, I would have hired… an old bald guy,” the lawyer said.
The woman didn’t seem to be carrying any files and dressed casually — leading the attorney to believe that she was a first-year associate, according to the report.
“It was slacks and a blouse. … Could have been jeans or another kind of pants,” he told Forbes. “But, like, Sunday brunch attire.”
“I think she was there just to babysit him, and keep him out of his cell, and just keep him company for eight hours a day,” he added. “Which is not supposed to be the way it works.”
As soon as prisoners enter the meeting room, their handcuffs are removed and the door is locked, according to the report. When prisoners leave the room, the door is unlocked and the cuffs are put back on, the attorney told Forbes.
Weinstein and other attorneys representing Epstein had not responded to Forbes’ requests for comment.
Other attorneys trying to use the room for visits with their clients have grown frustrated with Epstein’s daily presence there, the attorney told the outlet.
“They wouldn’t move anybody until [Epstein] got where he was going, which is what they used to do with El Chapo, too,” he said.
The Metropolitan Correctional Center has 12 attorney visiting rooms, but only two are available to lawyers visiting clients in the Special Housing Unit, according to the report.
Prison officials did not respond to Forbes’ calls about Epstein’s apparently frequent access to the meeting room.
Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center early Saturday. He was being held there without bail since his July arrest on sex trafficking charges.
Epstein suffered multiple broken neck bones, his autopsy revealed.
Back on July 23, Epstein was found nearly unconscious with injuries to his neck in his cell, in what sources called a possible suicide attempt.
Epstein told his lawyers that the injuries were inflicted by his cellmate, hulking ex-Westchester County cop Nicholas Tartaglione, who faces a death penalty trial in four drug-related slayings upstate.
The convicted pedophile had claimed that “the cop roughed him up, and that’s why they got him off suicide watch,” a source close to the case said earlier this week.
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