FILE – This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff’s Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, File)
Things around the Epstein suicided case continue to get weirder as attorney’s representing Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate have filed a request with the court to move him to another prison according to recent filings.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that cellmate and former police officer Nicholas Tartaglione shared a cell with the financier, but was transferred out before Epstein’s “suicide.” Now he’s being threatened by guards to stay silent about it:
Jeffrey Epstein’s former Manhattan cellmate says guards at the lockup have been threatening him since the financier’s death, according to a legal filing by his attorneys Tuesday asking a judge to move him to a new prison.
Hulking ex-cop Nicholas Tartaglione — who briefly bunked with Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center — has been told by various guards there to “shut up,” “stop talking” and “stop complaining,” as questions swirled about how the accused sex trafficker was able to commit suicide in federal custody, Tartaglione attorney Bruce Barket says in a letter to White Plains federal Judge Kenneth Karas.
Tartaglione’s lawyer, Bruce Barket, wrote a letter to White Plains federal Judge Kenneth Karas, telling him that Tartaglione is in possession of very damaging information about the people who are in charge of him and has been threatened into silence, suggesting that he is in very real danger.
“The clear message Mr. Tartaglione has received is that if he conveys information about the facility or about [Epstein’s] recent suicide, there will be a price to pay,” Barket wrote. “Whether or not the investigators into the suicide chose to interview Mr. Tartaglione about the attempted suicide to which he was witness or about how the facility is run and the conditions under which the inmates are forced to live, the correction officers know he has information potentially very damaging to the very people now charged with guarding him or their coworkers.”
Tartaglione, 51, is currently on death row himself for a drug-related slaying of four. Epstein claimed his neck injuries suffered in July were given to him from Tartaglione, but Barket has fiercely denied that according to the New York Post.