In a court filing on Tuesday, Nicholas Tartaglione, Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmate, alleges that guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center have been very hostile toward him and even threatened him since Epstein's sudden passing.
As questions mounted about how Epstein could commit suicide while in custody, Tartaglione's attorney alleges his client has been threatened by various guards to "shut up," "stop talking" and "stop complaining."
Tartaglione's attorney, Bruce Barket, had this to say in a letter to White Plains federal Judge Kenneth Karas:
"The clear message Mr. Tartaglione has received is that if he conveys information about the facility or about [Epstein’s] recent suicide, there will be a price to pay," Barket’s letter reads. "Whether or not the investigators into the suicide chose to interview Mr. Tartaglione about the attempted suicide to which he was witness or about how the facility is run and the conditions under which the inmates are forced to live, the correction officers know he has information potentially very damaging to the very people now charged with guarding him or their coworkers."
Barket's letter suggests that if his client speaks at all about the conditions of the facility, or anything he might know about Jeffrey Epstein's death, Tartaglione himself could be in danger, possibly his life. Whether Tartaglione actually does know anything about Epstein's death is a good question, but one we're not likely to get an answer for.
Epstein had accused Tartaglione of being behind an incident that occurred on July 23rd. In what was first believed to be a failed attempt at committing suicide, Epstein denied that, saying that Tartaglione "roughed him up." On August 16th, six days after Epstein's death, Tartaglione was cleared of any wrongdoing in the July 23rd incident.
Barket’s letter also cites the "deplorable" conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, including “a serious rodent and insect infestation" as a reason to move his client, who is due in court Wednesday for a hearing.