Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney said her client was placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Pictured: Maxwell in October
Ghislaine Maxwell was placed on suicide watch just days before her scheduled sentencing for sex trafficking and conspiracy crimes, her lawyer said.
Bobbi Sternheim, who is representing Jeffery Epstein’s longtime associate, filed a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathon on Saturday, explaining that the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn placed her client on suicide watch Friday, Insider reported.
Sternheim claimed this was done “without a psychological evaluation and without justification,” with Maxwell allegedly wearing a “suicide smock,” a large piece of fabric that cannot be made into a sling, and was placed in solitary confinement.
Sternheim argued that Maxwell’s sentencing must be delayed while she remains on suicide watch, even if the attorney claimed she was “not suicidal.”
Maxwell, 60, is scheduled to appear in court again on June 28, with prosecutors asking for a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison.
She is currently being held in the general population area of the notorious prison, where an inmate recently threatened to kill her.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: “A woman went around openly boasting that she would murder Ghislaine for a million dollars.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney said her client was placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Pictured: Maxwell with billionaire pedophile Jeffery Epstein (left)
Several of the women, who were teenagers when Maxwell (pictured in a courtroom sketch) lured them into Epstein’s clutches, have written victim statements to be read at the hearing scheduled for June 28
Maxwell’s attorney said her client is in solitary confinement in the New York prison (above).
Maxwell’s placement on suicide watch comes nearly three years after police announced that 66-year-old Espetein killed himself in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell where the financier was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Sternheim condemned the treatment of her client, who she said was not allowed to hold a pen or paper in solitary confinement.
“If Ms Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is barred from reviewing legal material before sentencing, is sleep deprived and is not given sufficient time to meet and consult with a lawyer, we will officially close on Monday adjournment,” Sternheim wrote.
A spokesman for US Attorney Damian Williams in Manhattan, whose office is prosecuting Maxwell, declined to comment.
Maxwell was convicted on December 29 of five felonies, including sex trafficking, for recruiting and grooming four girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Prosecutors have said Maxwell should serve at least 30 years in prison, calling it a “complete lack of remorse.” Maxwell wants a term of less than 20 years.
The verdict will be handed down by US District Judge Alison Nathan in federal court in Manhattan.
Maxwell has been held in the Brooklyn Jail since shortly after her arrest in July 2020.
Her lawyers protested the prison conditions there several times before the trial, including last November when Sternheim compared them to those of Hannibal Lecter in the Oscar-winning 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
An undated Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at the Queen’s Log Cabin in Glen Beg, Balmoral. Maxwell faces a maximum of 55 years in prison for her involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes, but prosecutors are pushing for just 20 years
Maxwell was found guilty in December of five federal sex trafficking charges related to her role in recruiting and caring for teenage girls
Maxwell has also sought a lighter sentence of just four years and three months, arguing that she will be scapegoated as a proxy for Epstein’s crimes.
Her legal filings claimed that her support of launching the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) showed that she had a “desire to do good in the world.”
Defense attorneys said in a criminal complaint last week that she should not serve more than five years in prison.
The file reads: “Ms. Maxwell has always worked hard. Her many academic, professional and part-time achievements include becoming an EMT, helicopter pilot, submersible pilot, banker; Partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to create a telemedicine platform that enables people in remote areas to receive quality medical care; assisting in the development of the Clinton Global Initiative; and supporting a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations.”
A later section of the document states that Maxwell is not an “heiress, villain, or superficial society lady.”
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell should serve at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls over a 10-year period at the hands of her former boyfriend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors said in written arguments on Wednesday
The Victim Impact Statement from one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims
However, prosecutors said Maxwell played an “instrumental role in the horrific sexual abuse of several young teenage girls” at some of Epstein’s palatial residences between 1994 and 2004. They called their crimes “monstrous.”
“As part of a disturbing arrangement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, nurtured and abused multiple victims while enjoying lives of extraordinary luxury and privilege. In her wake, Maxwell left her victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological injuries,” prosecutors wrote.
“This damage can never be undone, but it can be considered in formulating a just punishment for Maxwell’s crimes,” they added.
“It appears that the defendant viewed the victims as objects to be manipulated for her and Epstein’s own selfish ends, without regard to their personal welfare, health or safety.”
“The Defendant’s Role in the Conspiracy Maxwell’s conduct was appallingly predatory. She was a calculating, sophisticated, and dangerous criminal who exploited vulnerable young girls and primed them for sexual abuse.
Prosecutors also asked the judge to deny Maxwell’s pleas for leniency on the grounds that she suffered exceptionally in prison while awaiting trial and afterwards.