The U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which runs the facility, said in a statement that Epstein is “currently housed at MCC New York and not in a local hospital as has been reported. As with all inmates, for privacy and security reasons, we do not share information on an inmate’s medical status or their conditions of confinement.”
Martin Weinberg, a lawyer for Epstein, did not return calls seeking comment.
A registered sex offender, Epstein was arrested July 6 after landing at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport and charged with sex trafficking dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005.
The case has drawn significant attention because in 2008, the jet-setting financier struck a deal with prosecutors in Florida over similar accusations. In that case, he spent about 13 months in jail, with special work-release accommodations that have been sharply criticized by lawmakers and others as too lenient.
A federal judge decided Epstein would remain in jail while he awaits trial on the new charges. The judge said he was concerned that releasing Epstein could pose a risk to potential new victims.