NEW YORK — Sources tell NBC News in New York that accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found injured and in a fetal position in his cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Epstein was reportedly found semi-conscious with marks on his neck. The billionaire is being held at the jail while awaiting trial for conspiracy and sex trafficking. Conflicting reports saying those injuries may have been self-inflicted or from an attack at this time. Jail officials have not confirmed anything at this time.
Prosecutors said Epstein paid underage girls, some as young as 14 years old, hundreds of dollars in cash for massages, then molested them at his homes in Palm Beach and New York between 2002 and 2005.
Epstein originally pleaded guilty to solicitation fo prostitution and solicitation of prostitution from a person under 18-year-old in 2008 and spent 13 months in jail. The district attorney in that case, Alex Acosta, recently resigned as President Donald Trump's labor secretary amid criticism that he was not tough enough on Epstein in 2008.
Women who say they were sexually abused by Epstein as minors are asking a federal judge to clear the way for possible new charges in Florida.
Last week, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw ordered an Internal Affairs investigation into his agency's handling of the Epstein case.