Back in December, a federal jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five charges that included sex trafficking of underage girls. According to the evidence, Maxwell helped her former lover Jeffrey Epstein groom and traffic at least four girls between 1994 and 2004, also participating in their abuse. Not only did the girls detail the sexual encounters with Epstein, there were even accusations of some of the worlds most elite being constant visitors to his notorious island.

With Maxwell scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, she was put on suicide watch even though her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim was adamant she didn’t have suicidal tendencies. 

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Releasing a letter detailing the recent events, Sternheim, who was also the lawyer to Epstein before his alleged suicide, wrote that Maxwell was moved from a general prison to solitary confinement without being able to bring any items like toothpaste, soap, or her legal documents.

“She was provided a ‘suicide smock’ and is given a few sheets of toilet paper on request.” He added she was put on suicide watch “without having conducted a psychological evaluation and without justification. If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment.” 

It should be noted that the once cellmate of Maxwell admitted to having numerous offers to kill her. Her lawyer’s suggested, “One of the female inmates in Ms. Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms. Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep.” The lawyers continued, “This incident reflects the brutal reality that there are numerous prison inmates who would not hesitate to kill Ms. Maxwell — whether for money, fame, or simple ‘street cred.'”

Maxwell’s attorney filed a motion for her to receive only four years and three months in prison due to the alleged death threats and her apparent ” desire to do good in the world.”

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“While in isolation,” Maxwell’s legal filing states, “a high-ranking prison guard told Ms. Maxwell that there was concern that she would be shot by a sniper. Putting aside the reason and propriety of dispensing this alarming information, the diminution of security concerns resulting in her transfer to general population appears correlated to Ms. Maxwell having been sufficiently safeguarded to fill Epstein’s empty seat.”

The filing also says that Maxwell’s “life was ruined” because of the trial and conviction, though it mysteriously omits how many children’s lives were ruined by her actions.

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The recent move to suicide watch has caused many following the case to be concerned due to the fact that Epstein was also put on suicide watch before he supposedly killed himself. The medical examiner of Epstein’s body ruled the cause of death to be a suicide. 

This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on June 27, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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