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Jeffrey Epstein’s Ex-Cop Cellmate Speaks Out

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Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate sent a handwritten letter from behind bars saying that he never touched the convicted sex offender.

Accused killer Nick Tartaglione, an ex-cop, told the New York Daily News in the two-page note that he was paired with Epstein because he wasn’t a threat to him.

“As far as Jeff Epstein is concerned, I never touched the man,” Tartaglione, 51, said in the letter. “I despise anyone who hurts children but whatever was going to happen to him, I was not going to be a part of it.”

Tartaglione, a former officer for the Briarcliff Manor Police Department, faces charges for quadruple homicide.

“The prison told Epstein they were putting him in a cell with me because they knew I would neither hurt nor extort him,” he wrote. “The staff here at MCC had hundreds of inmates to choose from yet I was their first choice.”

Epstein’s first attempted suicide on July 23 in the cell he shared with Tartaglione. Sources previously told The News that Tartaglione believed he may have saved Epstein’s life by quickly alerting jail staff to the attempted hanging.

Epstein, 66, was moved to suicide watch, separating him from Tartaglione. Sources said at the time that investigators were trying to determine whether Tartaglione had assaulted Epstein.

The sex offender was subsequently taken off of suicide watch and hanged himself on Aug. 10 in a cell he occupied alone. He was awaiting trial on charges that carried a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.

“At or around the time of his death we did not see a despairing or despondent person,” Epstein’s attorney Reid Weingarten said at a recent hearing for the financier’s victims.

Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate Nick Tartaglione proclaimed “I never touched the man” in a letter he sent to the Daily News.

The probe of how the perv with powerful friends managed to kill himself includes an examination of the first attempt, prosecutors have said in court. Tartaglione’s attorney Bruce Barket said he has not been interviewed by investigators since Epstein’s death.

“(Tartaglione) has not been questioned by any law enforcement official since July 23,” Barket said.

“I can’t imagine how they can claim a complete investigation without speaking to the person who was in the cell in that first event.”

A spokesman for the Southern District of New York declined comment.

Attorney General William Barr said “irregularities” have been uncovered at the nightmarish lockup. The jail staff on duty at the time of Epstein’s hanging were reportedly exhausted from working multiple overtime shifts and failed to follow protocol. The MCC is also coping with longstanding staff shortages.

“I still have some faith in the justice system,” Tartaglione wrote. “Every person in this country has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. To anyone who reads this I only ask for that presumption because I haven’t felt it yet in the past 33 months.”

Tartaglione, who has long complained about conditions at MCC, is seeking to be transferred to another federal lockup due to threats he says were made by jail staff after Epstein’s suicide.

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11 Comments
  • Cezar P. says:

    100% BS!

  • Marilynn Reeves says:

    Better hope the Clinton’s don’t think you know anything.

  • leftwingwatch says:

    How many guards does it take to throw an inmate down the stairs?? None he fell!

  • britt wood says:

    Tartaglione What did you Do in Epstein,s Jail Taking a Nap or helping him to get the paper sheet around his Neck. Someone here is getting a payoff, You are in for Murder to what the hell What is another one for YOU??Unless Someone will give you a nice send off to another state ca,?? Palm springs??NY??Tell the truth if you know HOW??

  • Arlene says:

    I guess “they” heard screams of sexual joy from Epstein when a tie was “put” around his neck…

    • Stella says:

      Arlene. I know he was a terrible person but your post is disgusting. But We who are without sin can cast the first stone and I am a sinner saved by Grace but still Have the Habit of sin dwelling in me. I can’t cast the stone and neither can you.

      • Gingy says:

        Yes Stella we CAN cast stones when it comes to pedophilia. Sorry but you’re wrong on this and far too passive. He deserved the death penalty he just got it sooner than we hoped for because he was going to rat a bunch of people out.

  • bbarbeck says:

    I think they put Epstein in the cell with him purposely because, he is a suspected murderer already and it would be easy to blame him for another murder. Something’s not right here! He’s gonna be a scapegoat!

  • Doris says:

    WHO CARES!!!! He belonged dead along with his cohorts and now he is. And his quadruple murdering cell mate should burn in hell with him. Yes, Stella there is a hell. Too many churches don’t speak of it these days! We are all sweetness and light, while a man terrorizes children. Read the whole Bible and not just the parts that suit you. I guess we shouldn’t judge abortion of babies ready to be born, either.

  • Evangelina Martinez says:

    Here’s one. Epsteins not dead. Look at the body they rolled out. Why wasn’t he in a body bag? Why doesn’t some of the features like his nose and ear match up? Too many things that don’t add up. I think he’s in Protective Covering.

  • Madeleine says:

    Clintons are well known for “removing” from Society anyone who knows too much about them. No surprises here. Either they “suicided” him in true Clinton fashion! or he was spirited away either by offering someone millions of hopefully in a witness protection scheme. Epstein was used to using money to manipulate and cajole people to do as he pleased?

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