Former Jeffrey Epstein confidante and convicted intercourse trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was positioned on suicide watch Friday and remained there Monday forward of her scheduled sentencing in the federal case.
Maxwell’s legal professional wrote to the courtroom Saturday that Maxwell had been faraway from the final inhabitants at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Heart, alongside along with her regular clothes and authorized papers, and put on suicide watch.
Bobbi Sternheim wrote that Maxwell had been offered a “suicide smock” to put on and asserted, in daring sort in her letter, that Maxwell “is not suicidal.”
Sternheim advised the courtroom that she was contemplating asking for a delay in the sentencing as a result of Maxwell couldn’t overview vital authorized paperwork, in accordance with the authorized filings.
In response, prosecutors wrote to the courtroom Sunday saying Maxwell herself e-mailed the Bureau of Jail’s Examine Basic (IG) on Friday saying she was in concern for her security. They wrote, “apparently the defendant claimed to the IG that she feared MDC staff members were threatening her safety.”
Prosecutors say that it’s the coverage of the jail that when inmates are at a heightened threat of self-harm and lift a security concern, they’re put on suicide watch. At the very least two different inmates lately skilled the identical protocol, they added.
“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, in accordance with the filings.
“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.
Decide Alison Nathan says that she referred to as the jail and spoke on to the warden, who confirmed that Maxwell had entry to her authorized paperwork and a “writing implement.”
Epstein was charged earlier than Maxwell in July 2019 and died by suicide on Aug. 10, 2019, whereas awaiting trial at a distinct federal jail facility in Manhattan.
Maxwell’s sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in federal courtroom.