US TV host on Epstein's apparent suicide: 'How predictably...Russian'
In the wake of reports that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough tweeted: "Authorities couldn't keep Epstein alive by putting him under 24 hour surveillance? How convenient for a lot of rich and powerful men.
Authorities couldn't keep Epstein alive by putting him under 24 hour surveillance? How convenient for a lot of rich and powerful men.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) 10 August 2019
In another tweet, he wrote: "A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men's lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably... Russian."
He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bullshit.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) 10 August 2019
Epstein, the financier who has long been dogged by accusations of sexual abuse of girls and was able to cultivate a stream of high profile friends despite his lurid lifestyle, killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell, official said on Saturday.
Powerful Democratic and Republican figures breathing a huge sigh of relief—as well as a Harvard professor or two.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) 10 August 2019
The rich and powerful get away with raping young girls...again.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) 10 August 2019
Scarborough had also retweeted other Epstein death skeptics such as creator of the show Billions Brian Koppelman.
Look. I have studied powerful people and criminals for a long time. Even if there's "photographic evidence" there is no way this was suicide.— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) 10 August 2019
Having someone killed or hurt in jail can be as simple as leaving them unprotected. As simple as paying someone outside the jail. https://t.co/sCnvbs1A6k
Epstein, who was facing trial on child sex-trafficking charges, had reportedly been on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck two weeks ago.
His reported death came hours after a cache of legal papers linked to a defamation case involving Epstein were unsealed by a US judge.
In the legal documents, released on Friday, a young woman called Johanna Sjoberg alleged that Prince Andrew, a former friend of the disgraced financier, touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the billionaire's Manhattan apartment in 2001.
Buckingham Palace said the allegations are "categorically untrue".
Epstein, 66, admitted prostituting minors in 2008 and spent 18 months in prison.
He was facing fresh charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy with a possible jail sentence of up to 45 years.