A bombshell report from Breitbart revealed Tuesday that Ghislaine Maxwell has been taken off suicide watch.
The longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in New York City as she awaits trial over her alleged participation in the deceased convicted pedophile’s sexual escapades.
Maxwell has reportedly spent most of her time locked up under high surveillance. Citing The National Post, Breitbart reported that the 58-year-old’s lawyers have complained that she has to “undergo round-the-clock surveillance as well as a number of searches per day.”
In their filing, which revealed that Maxwell is no longer on suicide watch, Maxwell’s legal team requested that she be mixed in with the general population of the jail going forward.
According to The National Post, her attorneys also say she is under the watch of “multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular [jail] personnel. These prison guards observe Ms. Maxwell and take notes on her every activity,” they added, according to the Post.
Of course, the facility is likely just covering their bases in the hopes of preventing another debacle like occurred last August, when Epstein himself was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, as NBC News reported at the time.
His death was later “ruled a suicide by hanging,” Breitbart noted.
According to NBC, Attorney General Bill Barr said then that “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered” — but many remain a mystery even a year later.
“She received death threats”
Maxwell, for her part, reportedly doesn’t believe authorities about Epstein’s death; according to Breitbart, a former friend of Maxwell’s told the U.K. tabloid The Sun that Maxwell thinks the multimillionaire financier was murdered.
“Everyone’s view, including Ghislaine’s, is Epstein was murdered,” the friend said, according to Breitbart. “She received death threats before she was arrested.”
One can only hope that Maxwell, unlike Epstein, actually lives to see her court date, where she will fight charges of “enticing minors to engage in illegal sexual activities,” according to Breitbart.
Breitbart adds that Maxwell faces more than three decades in prison, if convicted. But I’ll believe it when I see it.