Jeffrey Epstein Cellmate 'Never Touched' Him Before Death: Report
Posted On July 4, 2020
NEW YORK — The ex-cop who shared a cell with Jeffrey Epstein says he never laid hands on the pedophile financier before his August suicide, according to a new report.
Nick Tartaglione, who is in a federal lockup on murder charges, said he “never touched” Epstein even though authorities probed the possibility that he attacked the now-departed sex offender the month before his death, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
“As far as Jeff Epstein is concerned, I never touched the man,” Tartaglione said in a handwritten letter to the Daily News. “I despise anyone who hurts children but whatever was going to happen to him, I was not going to be a part of it.”
Epstein reportedly shared a cell with Tartaglione following his arrest on federal sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges in July. But Epstein was put on suicide watch after he was found unconscious in his cell on July 23, according to news reports.
While authorities thought Epstein may have made an attempt on his own life, investigators also examined the possibility that he was attacked by Tartaglione, according to the Daily News.
But the former Briarcliff Manor cop — who has been accused of killing four men — reportedly said jail staff thought he would be a safe pick for Epstein’s cellmate.
“The prison told Epstein they were putting him in a cell with me because they knew I would neither hurt nor extort him,” Tartaglione wrote to the Daily News. “The staff here at MCC had hundreds of inmates to choose from yet I was their first choice.”