Friday, August 16, 2019
A visiting attorney who requested that his name not be mentioned said that he saw Jeffrey Epstein with a young, pretty woman in one of the prison's attorney rooms. The attorney said that he went to the prison on July 30th to visit with his own client, just one day after Epstein was taken off of suicide watch and transferred to the Special Housing Unit, or SHU, when he witnessed the two together.
The woman may have been, as NBC News has reported that Epstein paid members of his team to sit with him in a room for eight hours a day for attorney-client meetings, allowing him to avoid his cell. The prison has 12 attorney rooms, but only 2 for inmates housed in the SHU, meaning Epstein was monopolizing a scarce resource. The Manhattan Correctional Center has not returned calls about Epstein’s apparent access to the interview room.
Whoever the woman was, it was not Epstein’s main lawyer, Reid Weingarten, nor any other named attorneys who had visited him in the past. The visiting attorney also claims that the mysterious guest did not have any files with her, nor was her attire formal, but rather like she was attending "Sunday brunch." He summed up that the situation made it appear that Epstein was receiving special treatment from the prison staff, saying “I think she was there just to babysit him, and keep him out of his cell, and just keep him company for eight hours a day. Which is not supposed to be the way it works."
See Richard Behar, Jeffrey Epstein Spent Time Alone with Young Woman in Prison's Attorney Room, Forbes, August 15, 2019.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.