Jeffrey Epstein was hit by a lawsuit by a woman who claimed that he had raped her when she was only 15 years old, the day before the accused pedophile was found injured in his cell by an apparent suicide attempt.
The billionaire received documents filed in Jennifer Araoz's lawsuit against him on July 23 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was detained on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, according to NBC News.
The next day, Epstein was found half-consciously in his cell with spots on his neck.
The details of Araoz & # 39; s suit were not disclosed, but the now 32-year-old accused Epstein of raping her earlier in 2002.
Jennifer Araoz (left) presented judicial papers to Jeffrey Epstein (right) the day before the billionaire was found injured in an apparent suicide attempt in his prison cell on July 24. Araoz, 32, accused Epstein of rape when she was only 15 years old in 2002
Epstein, detained prior to his sex trade trial, was found wounded last Wednesday in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center of Manhattan (photo)
Araoz said she was an aspiring actress when she met the billionaire after a & # 39; recruiter & # 39; had directed her to her high school in Manhattan and lured her to his house.
For the following year, Epstein would have manipulated Araoz to give him massages that ended with masturbating him as he showered her with gifts and cash.
The unauthorized contact ended after Epstein, according to Araoz & # 39; with violence & # 39; had raped. She was then 15.
Araoz claims that she dropped out of school to prevent Epstein and her life deteriorated quickly. She is now looking for compensation for her emotional injuries.
Araoz said she was an aspiring actress when she met the billionaire after becoming a & # 39; recruiter & # 39; had hired to turn her to her high school in Manhattan and lure her to his house
It remains unclear what led to Epstein being injured in prison last week.
Two sources told NBC New York that Epstein was half-conscious at the time and had visible injuries in his neck, both signs of a possible suicide attempt.
However, a third source said that the first two sources greatly exaggerated the situation, suggesting that this was all a trick that Epstein himself did while trying to get out of bars while waiting for his federal sex trade case.
Epstein may also have been attacked by a fellow prisoner or prison employee, with sources claiming that prison staff are still unclear about what happened that night.
The Federal Office of Prisons confirmed that Epstein was back in his cell, but would not comment further on the incident, citing privacy issues.
Authorities have already spoken to an accused murderer detained in prison for the incident.
The prisoner, former police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, is accused of killing four men in a failed cocaine deal.
His case will be tried in the coming weeks and prosecutors have already announced that they will demand the death penalty
However, there appears to be no evidence that he is a suspect and his lawyer announced on Thursday that his client and Epstein are friends.
Bruce Barket also said that he saw Epstein on Wednesday and that he looked good, adding that he had met his lawyers.
A source confirmed this to DailyMail.com and said Tartaglione was questioned about the behavior and mental state of Epstein in the hours before he was found on the floor.
The men are both housed in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) of the 9-South Wing facility.
It remains unclear what led to Epstein being injured in prison last week. Investigators spoke to former police officer Nicholas Tartaglione (photo), who is accused of killing four people, but he denied having touched Epstein
Epstein was housed in the safest part of the prison, 10 South, when he was first arrested earlier this month.
Prisoners are held in their cells there for 23 hours every day, and CCTV cameras watch them while they shower, go to the bathroom and sit alone in their heavily barricaded cells.
He was accompanied by Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman, but when he moved the drug lord to a super-max prison in Colorado on Friday, Epstein did the same.
That is when the decision is made to place him in the general population after being bailed in his case.
This went down almost immediately, and after threats to Epstein he was moved to SHU, meaning that he is alone in his cell, but can communicate with other prisoners during the day.
That entire wing, however, is certain before the body of Epstein was found by guards
This shocking development comes after Epstein appealed the decision of a federal judge to keep him in Manhattan prison while waiting for the trial.
According to a court notice published Tuesday, Epstein will request the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals for the court's July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $ 77 million mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to cancel.
Epstein has argued that he is not guilty of allegations of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls.
The charges, alleging misconduct at least from 2002 to 2005, were announced more than a decade after Epstein declared guilty of charges of prostitution in Florida.
When denying his bail, US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said that the government had demonstrated with clear and convincing evidence that Epstein would pose a danger to the community if released pending trial.
& # 39; Epstein's alleged excessive attraction to sexual behavior with or in the presence of underage girls – saying that he may request and receive masses of young girls and young women four times a day – seems uncontrollable, & # 39; Berman said in a written decision.
Epstein has appealed to have a July 18 rejection by a judge of his request to remain under house arrest in his $ 77 million mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan (above)
Prosecutors accused Epstein of arranging girls under the age of 18 to perform nude massages and other sexual acts, and of paying some girls to recruit others.
They also said that there was a high risk that Epstein would use his wealth to flee.
Epstein estimated his assets at $ 559 million, including a private plane and houses in Paris and the US Virgin Islands.
Lawyers for Epstein have said that he has had an impeccable record since his guilty plea in 2008, which was part of an agreement that was quietly negotiated with Alex Acosta, then the US attorney in Miami.
Epstein served 13 months in prison, but was allowed to leave for work regularly.
Prince Andrew was friends with the billionaire in the 1990s when the pair was introduced by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
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