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Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate claims jail guards have warned him to ‘shut up’

2019-08-21

Nicholas Tartaglione wants to be moved out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate claims jail guards have warned him to “shut up” in the wake of the millionaire sex offender’s suicide — and now he doesn’t feel safe.

Nicholas Tartaglione, an ex-cop charged with quadruple murder, wants to be moved out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center amid “troubling” comments allegedly made to him by guards, his lawyer Bruce Barket said in a letter to a federal judge filed Tuesday.

Officers at the Manhattan-based facility allegedly have told Tartaglione that he and his lawyer should “shut up,” “stop talking” and “stop complaining,” according to the letter.

“The clear message Mr. Tartaglione has received is that if he conveys information about the facility or about the recent suicide, there will be a price to pay,” Barket’s letter states.

“The correction officers know he has information potentially very damaging to the very people now charged with guarding him,” the letter argues.

Tartaglione previously told authorities he rushed to Epstein’s rescue after the financier who was locked up on federal sex trafficking charges allegedly made a first attempt to hang himself in late July, two weeks before his Aug. 10 hanging death ruled a suicide.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found on the floor of his cell July 23 with marks on his neck — but the intensive surveillance was later rescinded, according to reports.

He was placed in a high-security housing unit where he was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.

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Jail guards on duty the night he died are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, according to the Associated Press. Both were working overtime because of staffing shortages.

Tartaglione, meanwhile, is due to make a court appearance in his case Wednesday.

A judge did not immediately rule on his request for a jail transfer.

“We are asking that he be moved to any other detention facility in the metropolitan area,” his lawyer wrote in the letter to U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains.