The former cellmate of Jeffrey Epstein has called for an investigation into the missing security images from outside the cell that he shared with the sex criminal.
It is after federal prosecutors claimed that surveillance videos were taken outside of Epstein’s cell during his first alleged suicide attempt at the Manhattan Correctional Complex was destroyed due to an error in keeping records.
The lost footage was taken outside the cell that Epstein shared with the accused quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione on July 22-23, two weeks before the death of the sex criminal in another cell.
In court documents filed on Monday, Tartaglione’s lawyer asked for a hearing to investigate “the circumstances” of the destruction of the video.
Epstein shared a cell with the accused quadruple killer Nick Tartaglione (above), who reportedly rushed to help the sex predator when he tried to kill himself
An MCC cell block can be seen above. Prosecutors say that footage from the Epstein layer was accidentally removed after his first suicide attempt at the end of July
The newspapers asked the court to “hold a hearing about how the video was destroyed, who was responsible for its destruction, and why it was not saved.”
Attorney Bruce Barket added that the current official statement why the tapes are “inadequate because it is non-specific, unworn, and unaffected.”
The lawyer wrote that the images would show that his client Tartaglione acted ‘appropriately’ and hurried to help Epstein, destroying rumors that the former agent had attacked Epstein in any way.
Officials have said that Epstein tried in vain to hang himself and that former agent Tartaglione intervened and asked for help.
Prosecutors say that the footage from the course of the incident was accidentally deleted when prison personnel accidentally flagged the images from the wrong camera for safekeeping.
“The footage on the saved video was for the correct date and time, but recorded a different layer than where Cell-1 was located, because the saved video did not show correction officers who responded to one of the cells that were shown on the video seen. After consulting with the MCC Legal Adviser, the government was told that the MCC computer system mentioned another, incorrect cell for Tartaglione, “the prosecutor wrote in a letter that was filed with the Manhattan Federal Court.
Officials have said that sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein (photo) tried in vain to hang himself and that former agent Tartaglione intervened and asked for help
The letter said that automatic backup systems could not save the images.
“The requested video no longer exists on the backup system and has not existed since at least August 2019 due to technical errors,” the prosecutors wrote.
Prosecutors have repeatedly asked whether the images of the nightly corridors of the night of July 22 had been preserved.
Epstein died in another cell, to which he was assigned alone, on August 10 in what the New York City medical investigator ruled a suicide, although his lawyers dispute that finding.
His death, at the age of 66, came just over a month after he was arrested and accused of trading sex with dozens of underage girls from the age of 14 between 2002 and 2005.
Recently, images were unveiled in the prison cell where he died, with various stripes formed from sheets, pills, and electrical cords.
The photos from the cell also showed several prescribed pill bottles, different electrical cords and enough sheets for different prisoners who were dumped on the floor.
Photographs from his cell reveal that fragments of material were hanging on a window, while a large strip of bedding was also led through a hole in the upper bunk bed
Several stripes were formed from the orange bedding on the floor of Epstein’s cell
Dr. Michael Baden, hired by Epstein’s brother to investigate death and was present during the autopsy, said there was no picture of the 66-year-old in his cell.
He said it was difficult to determine the cause of Epstein’s death without that photo, and said the official statement was “premature judgment.”
Dr. Baden believes the forensic evidence released so far in Epstein’s death points more to murder and strangulation than to suicide.
He pointed out that the sling in Epstein’s cell seemed to contain no blood, despite the image of his autopsy with a wound around his neck.
Dr. Baden said that the wound in Epstein’s neck is more common in someone who is strangled with a thread instead of a suspension.
He said that in most curtains it was common for the ligature to slide to the jaw bone and not rest in the middle of the neck.
He also pointed to the multiple fractures that Epstein sustained in his neck.