The longtime bodyguard of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein says he believes that his former boss recruited others into helping him die in an apparent jailhouse suicide, according to a new report.
“Somebody helped him to do that,” Igor Zinoviev — who served as Epstein’s bodyguard and sometimes-driver as the convicted pedophile crisscrossed across the country to his various estates — told New York Magazine.
Zinoviev, a former UFC fighter, declined to elaborate on how Epstein allegedly carried out his hanging death Saturday at a Manhattan prison, saying, “Listen, you know, that’s going a little too deep.”
In an earlier unpublished interview, Zinoviev was more candid about the power the multimillionaire financier wields.
“He has so much money he can pay it off,” Zinoviev told the reporter in 2015. “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. That guy could try to sue me and manipulate the situation with his money. That’s the American way.”
Zinoviev said he worked for Epstein for five or six years — often shuttling him from the Palm Beach jail where he served a 13-month sentence in 2008 and was allowed to leave for work release.
He said he often brought Epstein to appointments during that period. “It was mostly downtown, near lawyer’s office, I drop him there and he go upstairs and I [was] waiting in the car,” Zinoviev told the magazine.
Over the course of his employment, Zinoviev flew with Epstein to his residences on the Upper East Side and the Virgin Islands. He also trained him in workouts that involved weightlifting and fighting drills.
In the interview, Zinoviev rejected previous claims he made that Epstein had relationships with teenage girls and would rotate girlfriends when they got too attached to him.
“It’s not sensitive — it’s just — kind of a little uncorrect [sic]” Zinoviev told the outlet.
When questioned why he was walking back those claims, Zinoviev insisted that he wasn’t afraid of the repercussions of those accusations.
“I’m not afraid. Beyond that just he is dead,” Zinoviev said. “I don’t want anything to be uncorrect [sic]. There’s too much s–t in here, you know, already. He’s dead and just like, freaking people, just leave him alone.”