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Ghislaine Maxwell was placed on suicide watch after reporting being threatened by staff

After alleging staff had intimidated her, Ghislaine Maxwell was placed on suicide watch.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 60-year-old Maxwell was found guilty in December of helping her then-boyfriend, known millionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, abuse children between 1994 and 2004. She will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said on Sunday that Ghislaine Maxwell alleged Brooklyn jail personnel had threatened her safety, leading authorities to put her on suicide watch and claiming that there was no reason to postpone her sex trafficking charges’ sentencing.

The 60-year-old Maxwell will receive her sentence on Tuesday following her conviction in December for aiding her then-boyfriend, the renowned financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, in abusing kids between 1994 and 2004. According to the prosecution, she should spend between 30 and 55 years in prison.

Maxwell’s attorneys requested a delay in her sentencing in court documents filed on Saturday, claiming she was under suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). Prosecutors argued on Sunday that there was no need for a delay because Maxwell already had her legal papers and could receive the same amount of rest.

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They said that Maxwell was moved after the federal Bureau of Prisons inspector general was notified of threats made against her safety by MDC staff.

According to the prosecution, Maxwell refused to explain why she was concerned for her safety. She admitted to being suicidal to the psychology personnel.

Maxwell’s attorneys did not immediately answer an investigation for comment. The Bureau of Prisons stated that it does not comment on the living conditions of any specific detainee.

After alleging staff had intimidated her, Ghislaine Maxwell was placed on suicide watch.
After alleging staff had intimidated her, Ghislaine Maxwell was placed on suicide watch. Image from Reuters

According to prosecutors, a probe will be supervised by the prison’s warden.

“Given the defendant’s inconsistent accts to the (inspector general) and also to psychology staff, the Chief Psychologist assesses the accused to be at additional risk of self-harm, as it appears she may be trying to be transferred to a single cell where she can engage in self-harm,” the prosecution wrote in a court document.

While waiting for trial in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019, Epstein committed suicide.

U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan will punish in federal court in Manhattan. Maxwell requests a sentence of fewer than 20 years, claiming that Epstein is being used as a scapegoat for her misdeeds.

Source: CTV News

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