Following the death of Jeffrey Epstein in a New York prison cell, the director of the detention center housing the US billionaire has been transferred. The move was initiated by US Attorney General William Barr, a Justice Department spokeswoman said. Accordingly, the Metropolitan Correctional Center is provisionally directed by the director of another institution during the ongoing investigations, and in addition two prison guards assigned to the prisoner's supervision have been granted leave.
66-year-old Epstein was found lifeless in the New York prison this weekend. He was taken to a hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead. The prison is based on suicide. US Attorney General Barr had complained of "serious irregularities" in the detention center and announced a thorough investigation into the case.
According to media reports, the guards did not follow the prescribed guidelines to look for Epstein every 30 minutes. Also, the ex-investment banker, despite an apparently previous suicide attempt only briefly under special observation because of possible risk of repetition confessed. According to investigators, the guards are now also suspected of having falsified documents about the patrols. According to the anonymous source, video from surveillance cameras shows that the guards have not performed any of the checks recorded in the documents.
The prosecutor in New York accused Epstein of abusing dozens of minor girls. The businessman had between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida built an illegal sex trade ring, it said in the indictment. US media speculate that a process would have heavily impacted other celebrities. Epstein liked to show himself in public with stars and had inter alia - at least temporarily - contact with today's President Donald Trump, ex-President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew from the UK.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump downplayed a Twitter message with a conspiracy theory on the death of Jeffrey Epstein, which he had circulated. Trump retweeted a message Saturday evening that puts Democrat ex-President Bill Clinton in the vicinity of Epstein's death. Trump told journalists on Tuesday that it was a tweet from a "highly respected conservative expert". "That was a retweet, that was not mine, that was from him," he added. When asked if he really believed the Clintons were involved in the death of Epstein, Trump said, "I have no idea."
On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had searched the property of the entrepreneur in the US Virgin Islands, according to media reports. The Miami Herald reported it was the first search on Epstein's private island, Little St. James.