Following her arrest last week, there has been concern that Ghislaine Maxwell — the alleged accomplice to the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — would attempt to take her own life while in federal custody, as Epstein is said to have done while awaiting trial in August 2019.
According to Fox News, those concerns have apparently resulted in extra precautions being taken to ensure that Maxwell won’t die by suicide — or otherwise — in her New York City jail cell.
The measures to protect Maxwell reportedly include the removal of all clothing and bedsheets from her cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
According to Fox, those clothes and sheets were replaced by flimsy paper material.
Furthermore, outside officials who are not affiliated with the Bureau of Prisons have been assigned to the jail with the specific task of ensuring that no harm comes to Maxwell — either from herself or other inmates — as well as to ensure that all proper protocols and procedures are followed by prison staff.
On top of that, Maxwell has been placed in a cell with a roommate, according to Fox, and efforts have made to make certain that she is never left alone and unsupervised at any point in time.
CBS News reports that Maxwell has thus far denied the six charges that have been filed against her, all of which relate to her alleged involvement in the sexual abuse and trafficking of young girls.
Maxwell was arrested last week in a raid on a $1 million estate in New Hampshire, where she has allegedly been holed up for months, according to CBS.
Despite her efforts to keep a low profile, investigators asserted that they knew of Maxwell’s whereabouts and were keeping tabs on her for quite some time prior to her being taken into custody, CBS noted.
For their part, Maxwell’s attorneys claimed in a court filing that their client had been in contact with prosecutors since Epstein’s arrest in July 2019, and, as the New York Post reported, argued that Maxwell hadn’t been hiding from federal authorities at the secluded New Hampshire, but rather, was attempting to stay out of sight of the media.
Her attorneys insisted that she was not a flight risk and requested that she be allowed to post a $5 million bond. Federal prosecutors, meanwhile, have requested that she remains in custody with no bond, suggesting instead that she poses an “extreme” risk of flight, given her many international connections and estimated $20 million bank account, as the Post reported.
At this point, Maxwell’s release seems unlikely. One can only hope the jail where she’s being held won’t drop the ball on this one before justice can be served.