BBC: Jail CCTV From Epstein’s First Suicide Attempt Erased By ‘Technical Errors’
CCTV footage from Jeffrey Epstein’s first suspected suicide attempt was reportedly accidentally destroyed, BBC News reported in January.
- The convicted sex offender first attempted suicide in July 2019. Prosecutors say that surveillance footage from this first attempt was accidentally destroyed.
- Epstein was found semi-conscious with injuries to his neck in July, prompting his placement on suicide watch. He then was moved to another cell, which is where he died by suicide a few weeks later in August.
- BBC News reported that “Soon after Epstein's death, in August, two of the CCTV cameras outside his cell had malfunctioned and were being examined by the FBI.”
- Questions had been raised about the July recording, which originally was deemed missing. A letter filed by Assistant US Attorneys Jason Swergold and Maurene Comey stated:
"The footage contained on the preserved video was for the correct date and time, but captured a different tier than the one where Cell-1 was located. The requested video no longer exists on the backup system and has not since at least August 2019 as a result of technical errors."