First prosecutors said they lost it, then they claimed they had it, and now they are once again saying the footage from Jeffrey Epstein’s first reported suicide attempt “no longer exists” as a result of technical errors.
Prosecutors are now claiming the surveillance footage that showed Epstein attempting to hang himself inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, back in July, was only preserved for about a month before it was lost due to technical errors.
The video was requested in a case in which Epstein’s cellmate at the time, a former police officer facing charges in a quadruple homicide, was hoping to gain favor with the judge by showing proof that he helped save the convicted pedophile’s life.
But in a letter, prosecutors claimed the jail “inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier within the MCC, and, as a result, video from outside the defendant’s cell no longer exists.”
This latest controversy is only adding more speculation and calls for accountability, as the jail has claimed it also failed to capture Epstein’s reported death days later because its surveillance cameras malfunctioned.
Meanwhile, ABC has released a new special focusing on their investigation into Epstein’s crimes. While it includes interviews with several of the women who say they were abused by Epstein and his associates when they were young girls, it does not appear to include the 2015 interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, after a leaked video showed ABC News anchor Amy Robach claiming the network refused to air the story, in order to stay on good terms with the Royal Family.
“I’ve had the story for three years. I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told, ‘who’s Jeffrey Epstein. No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.’ Then the palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will that we, that also quashed the story,” Robach said in the video.
The latest special from ABC is also being criticized for its similarities to the groundbreaking investigation conducted by the Miami Herald in 2018.
Investigative journalist Julie K. Brown took to Twitter to note that when comparing ABC’s trailer to the Herald’s documentary, they used the same victims, the same photos and the same construction. She wrote, “Really ABC? It took you a year to do a rehash of other journalists’ work?”
ABC has yet to respond to the allegations. And even with the latest news in the Epstein case, there are still endless questions about his death, and about why his closest associates, including Ghislaine Maxwell and Jean Luc Brunel, are still walking free today.