A camera stationed in the hallway outside billionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s prison cell, where officials say he hanged himself earlier this month, suffered a glitch at the moment of the incident and its footage was deemed unusable, the Justice Department said, according to The Washington Post.
It is unknown why footage at the moment of Epstein’s suicide was unusable, as well as the extent of the glitch.
Epstein’s death in federal custody as he awaited trial on sex trafficking and abuse charges raised a series of questions. He was jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where the chief medical examiner later determined he killed himself.
Lawmakers have continued to demand answers about why Epstein — who had high-profile friends and acquaintances including President Donald Trump — was not being more closely observed and whether he should have been on suicide watch after initially being placed on watch in July, when he was found with marks on his neck.
Reports have surfaced that show bizarre abnormalities in how he was observed, including one saying guards in Epstein’s unit “fell asleep” and failed to check on him for hours during the time when he is believed to have hanged himself.