NEW YORK STATE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY HANDOUT - MUST COURTESY
ARCHIVE: location unknown - 28 March 2017
1. STILL Mugshot of US financier Jeffrey Epstein
New York - 14 August 2019
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mustian, AP Reporter:
MUSTIAN: "The federal investigation so far has shown that the guards who were supposed to be guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he apparently killed himself falsified logs to make it appear that they had checked on him when in fact they had not."
INTERVIEWER: "And the significance of that?"
MUSTIAN: "The significance of that is we now know a period of several minutes if not longer went by without anybody checking on Mr. Epstein."
New York City - 10 August 2019
3. Various, exterior of prison where US financier Jeffrey Epstein was held
New York - 14 August 2019
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4 . SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mustian, AP Reporter:
"It's not clear yet exactly how much time he had but certainly if the 30 minute checks that were regularly intended were not made he would have had some window to harm himself."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mustian, AP Reporter:
"Earlier today the Associated Press confirmed that the federal investigators are also investigating whether guards the guards assigned to monitor Epstein were sleeping at the time that they were supposed to be monitoring him and conducting regular checks."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mustian, AP Reporter:
"New developments today in the fight against Jeffrey Epstein's legal estate. A woman who claims that she was repeatedly raped by Jeffrey Epstein as a teenager filed a lawsuit against his estate and several of his associates claiming that they participated in a sex trafficking ring. This is one of several lawsuits that are anticipated to be filed under a new New York law that goes into effect today actually allowing the victims of sexual abuse one year to file civil claims that date back decades."
Jail guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, according to a person familiar with the investigation into the financier's death.
The person, who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, said guards never made some of the checks noted in the log.
Federal investigators suspect the guards were asleep, according to a second person with knowledge of the investigation, also granted anonymity for the same reason.
Those details came amid new developments Wednesday in the fight over Epstein's estate, with a woman filing a lawsuit claiming he raped her when she was a teenager in 2002.
Jennifer Araoz sued Epstein's former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed members of his staff _ the first of many lawsuits expected to be filed by Epstein's accusers as a new state law went into effect Wednesday that opens up a one-year window for victims of long-ago sex crimes against children to take legal action.
The AP names alleged victims of sexual offenses only if they consent to being identified, as Araoz has done.
The lawsuit accuses Maxwell of helping Epstein recruit teenage girls and providing "organizational support to Epstein's sex trafficking ring."
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether any Epstein associates will face charges.