Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was put on suicide watch Friday ahead of her sentencing, scheduled for Tuesday morning.
The former confidante of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s attorney wrote to the court on Saturday complaining that her client was forced to wear a “suicide smock” and had been removed from the general population.
Bobbie Sternheim insisted in bold type that Maxwell “is not suicidal,” WNBC reported.
The attorney said she was thinking about asking for a delay in the the sentencing, claiming Maxwell didn’t have access to her legal documents.
Judge Allison Nathan said she spoke to the warden at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, who told her that Maxwell does indeed have her documents.
Prosecutors responded to Maxwell’s latest complaints about her treatment in prison, noting that Maxwell had written to the Bureau of Prison’s inspector general to say “she feared MDC staff members were threatening her safety.”
Maxwell and her attorneys have repeatedly complained about the “conditions” the 59-year-old socialite has endured behind bars. Prosecutors said the suicide watch is protocol when inmates raise a safety concern.
“Although the defendant has claimed to psychology staff that she is not suicidal, she has refused to answer psychology staff’s questions regarding the threat she reported to the IG,” prosecutors wrote.
“Given the defendant’s inconsistent accounts to the IG and to psychology staff, the Chief Psychologist assesses the defendant to be at additional risk of self-harm, as it appears she may be attempting to be transferred to a single cell where she can engage in self-harm,” they continued.
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[Featured image: FILE – In this Nov. 7, 1991, file photo, Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of late British publisher Robert Maxwell, reads a statement expressing her family’s gratitude to Spanish authorities after recovery of his body. Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell has been held in U.S. jail since July 2020, and her brother Ian Maxwell said Wednesday March 10, 2021, she should be released on bail, claiming that she was being held in “degrading” conditions that amount to torture. (AP Photo/Dominique Mollard, File)]