Financier Jeffrey Epstein had been taken off suicide watch before he took his own life while behind bars at a federal lockup in New York City, a person familiar with the matter has told The Associated Press.
The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP Saturday on the condition of anonymity.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Epstein was taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
Epstein had previously been injured with bruises to the neck while in custody, though it wasn’t clear if those were self-inflicted or the result of an assault.
Attorney General William Barr says he was “appalled” to learn of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in jail.
Barr said in a statement Saturday that Epstein’s death in federal custody “raises serious questions that must be answered.”
Barr has ordered the inspector general to open an investigation into the death. The FBI is also investigating.
The person who spoke with AP says Barr was “livid” that Epstein was able to take his own life.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. He was facing federal sex-trafficking charges. He had pleaded not guilty.