Ghislaine Maxwell is not winning any popularity contests in jail following her arrest last week on sex trafficking conspiracy charges.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s close friend and accused accomplice, was arrested by federal agents at a remote, luxury home in New Hampshire on Thursday. Before she was transferred to a Brooklyn detention center to await trial on six federal counts, Maxwell was held at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections in Boscawen, New Hampshire, the New York Post reports.
A source familiar with Maxwell’s brief time at the New Hampshire jail told The Sun that fellow inmates quickly distanced themselves from the suspected sex offender, who is accused of enticing and transporting minors with the intent to commit sexual offenses.
“The general opinion of her at Merrimack was that she’s a snooty rich b*tch. Nobody wanted anything to do with her,” the source said.
“Those involved in sex crimes against children are generally hated and have to group together so they don’t get jumped.”
Now that she’s been transferred to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), Maxwell shouldn’t expect a warmer welcome, a former warden at the Brooklyn jail told the New York Post.
Hurting someone like Maxwell, a high-profile inmate accused of heinous crimes, would be a “badge of honor” for a fellow inmate, said Cameron Lindsay, the former MDC warden.
Last summer, Epstein died in his Manhattan jail cell of an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. Though New York City’s chief medical examiner determined that Epstein died of suicide by hanging, questions and conspiracy theories surrounding his death persist nearly a year later.
Now, all eyes are on the Brooklyn jail housing his closest friend, with many wondering if Maxwell will see a similar fate before her trial. Lindsey told the New York Post that jail officials will have a difficult decision about whether or not to assign Maxwell a cellmate. Sharing a cell can reduce the risk of jailhouse suicide, but given Maxwell’s notoriety, the former warden indicated he thought it could also put Maxwell at risk.
Either way, Maxwell is expected to be miserable.
“You go from living a life like Maxwell to all of a sudden being in a situation where you’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities,” Lindsay told the New York Post.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a former friend of Maxwell’s said in an interview with the Daily Mail that Maxwell kept duplicates of a stash of sex videos that investigators found at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse last year. Some of the videos and photos purportedly show some of Epstein’s rich and powerful friends with underage girls. Maxwell’s friend said in the interview that she expected the British socialite to use the images as an “insurance policy” to avoid serious jail time.
“If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her,” the friend said.
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[Feature image: Ghislaine Maxwell in 1991/AP Photo,Dominique Mollard, File and Jeffrey Epstein/New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File]