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Surveillance video from Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell ‘deleted accidentally’

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Video footage from outside accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell on a day he attempted self harm “no longer exists,” US prosecutors say.

Surveillance footage taken outside late financier Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell in the period surrounding his first apparent attempt on his own life was accidentally deleted, a US court has been told.

Officials at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center "inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier" of the jail and footage from outside Epstein's cell "no longer exists", prosecutors said on Thursday.

Corrections officers responded about 1.27 am on July 23 last year to Epstein's cell, prosecutors said, when the accused sex offender was believed to have first attempted suicide.

Jeffrey Epstein died at the Manhattan Correctional Centre, a jail in downtown New York.

The missing video was disclosed in a Manhattan federal court filing, in a case involving Epstein's cell mate at the time.

Epstein died on August 10 at age 66, in what was ruled a suicide. An autopsy found he hanged himself.

The death prompted a shakeup at the federal Bureau of Prisons, including the removal of its acting chief and the warden at MCC.

Jeffrey Epstein is a long-time friend of President Donald Trump.

Two MCC jail officers were charged in November with falsifying records to cover up their alleged failure to check on Epstein in his final hours.

Epstein died five weeks after his arrest on federal charges he trafficked dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005.

Some accusers have said Epstein engaged in sexual misconduct dating back to the mid-1980s.

Donald Trump with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2000, with their respective partners Melania Knauss (now Trump) and Ghislaine Maxwell at the president's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Epstein had pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors could still file charges against his alleged accomplices.

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Source: 9News

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