Video of apparent Epstein suicide attempt ‘no longer exists’

Video footage of the area around Jeffrey Epstein’s prison cell on a day he apparently tried to kill himself was permanently deleted by mistake, US prosecutors have said.

Officials at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) in New York believed they had preserved footage of guards finding the convicted sex offender after he appeared to have attempted suicide, but actually saved a video from a different part of the jail.

Prosecutors said officials “inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier” of the jail, and footage from outside Epstein’s cell from 22 and 23 July 2019 “no longer exists”.

They also said the FBI had found that the footage was no longer available on the jail’s back-up video system “as a result of technical errors”.

The missing video was disclosed in a Manhattan federal court filing, in a case involving Epstein’s cell mate at the time.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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