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Ghislaine Maxwell said Brooklyn prison officers threatened her safety, prompting officers to place her on suicide watch, prosecutors said Sunday, arguing there was no need to delay sentencing her on sex trafficking charges.
for her December conviction for helping her then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, a world-traveling financier and convicted sex offender, abuse girls between 1994 and 2004. Prosecutors argued that she deserved 30 to 55 years in prison.
Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2014. Source: Getty
In court papers on Saturday, Maxwell’s lawyers said she was under suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and asked for a delay in sentencing.
On Sunday, prosecutors said no delay was needed because the 60-year-old woman has her legal papers and can sleep the same amount.
They said Maxwell was transferred after MDC officials reported threats to her safety to the inspector general of the federal bureau of prisons.
Maxwell declined to explain why she feared for her safety, prosecutors said. She told psychologists that she was not suicidal.
Her lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Bureau of Prisons said it would not comment on the conditions of any particular prisoner.
Prosecutors said the prison warden would oversee the investigation.
“Given the defendant’s conflicting testimony before (the Inspector General) and the psychologists, the chief psychologist believes that the defendant is at additional risk of self-harm, as she appears to be attempting to be transferred to solitary confinement where she may engage in self-harm,” the prosecutors’ lawsuit says. .
Epstein committed suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial.
The verdict will be handed down by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in federal court in Manhattan. Maxwell wanted less than 20 years and claimed to be accused of Epstein’s crimes.
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