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Jeffrey Epstein’s bodyguard believes his disgraced boss recruited others to help him with his apparent jailhouse suicide, according to a shock report.
The paedophile financier, 66, was found dead in his New York jail cell on Saturday morning while awaiting trial on child sex charges.
However, burly Igor Zinoviev amazingly told New York Magazine: “Somebody helped him to do that.”
The former cage fighter declined to given any more details about how he believes Epstein carried out the reported hanging at a Manhattan federal prison.
He said: “Listen, you know, that’s going a little too deep.”
In an earlier unpublished interview from 2015, Zinoviev was more candid about his thoughts on his shamed boss, reports the New York Post.
“Me personally, if I caught him with my daughter or something do that — I’m not going to go to police. I do something else. Much worse.”
Zinoviev said he worked for Epstein for five or six years – often driving him from the Palm Beach jail where he served a 13-month sentence in 2008 when he was allowed out on work release.
While working for Epstein, Zinoviev flew with him to his residences on New York’s Upper East Side and in the Virgin Islands.
During Epstein’s autopsy he was found to have broken his hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple in men, according to the Washington Post.
Although hyoid breaks can occur during a hanging, experts told the paper the fracture is more common in strangulation victims.
Epstein reportedly hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell after his lawyers ordered he be taken off suicide watch.
The 6ft-tall paedophile strangled himself with the makeshift noose, police sources told the New York Post.
Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid break is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.
He told the Post: “If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging,”
TMZ today reported Epstein’s blood vessels in his eyes popped when his air supply was cut off – according to law enforcement sources briefed on the case.
The autopsy was performed on Epstein’s body on Sunday, but officials said they needed more information before they can give an official cause of death.
The FBI is understood to be investigating the death given the nature of this case and out of an “abundance of caution”.
Guards on Epstein’s unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staff shortages the day of his apparent suicide, reports claim.
Two of the guards reportedly fell asleep for three hours before Epstein hanged himself and then faked the logs to cover their mistakes.
CCTV shows Epstein’s guards never made some of the checks logged the morning the disgraced financier died, a source told AP.
The two guards in the special housing unit where Epstein was held should have been checking on him every 30 minutes, according to protocol.
But they had actually been asleep for some or all of the three hours at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, officials told the New York Times.
Guards on the unit are now suspected of faking log entries to show they were making the necessary checks, according to a source.