Published: Fri, July 10, 2020

Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself

Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself

"Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Jeffrey Epstein had set", Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said earlier this month when announcing Maxwell's arrests.

Epstein, as has been widely discussed, died by apparent suicide while in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City a year ago.

Federal officials were so anxious Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confidant Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and bedsheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The protections are to prevent her from harming herself, and also in case other inmates wish to harm her. The sprawling case against him ensnared British royalty and American elite who attended parties at his mansions.

Maxwell is being kept at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, just across the river from where Epstein was held.

'The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY on June 29, 2020, caused a meritless indictment to be issued against Ms. Maxwell, ' she wrote.

"Jane Doe was their first known victim and was subsequently abused by Epstein and Maxwell for years as a young girl, suffering unimaginable physical and psychological trauma and distress", her complaint alleges.

Maxwell, who was the long-time confidant of Epstein and his former girlfriend, has been accused of sexually abusing girls and facilitating Epstein's crimes against minors.

According to the civil complaint, 'Epstein's system of abuse was facilitated in large part by his co-conspirator and accomplice, Maxwell, who helped supply him with a steady stream of young and vulnerable girls - many of whom were fatherless, like Jane Doe, and came from struggling families'.

She had switched her email address, ordered packages under someone else's name and registered at least one new phone number under an alias "G Max", prosecutors have said.

Maxwell was not sent to the same jail.

The high-flying socialite, friends with royalty and celebrities around the world, is now being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn - prosecutors opting not to keep her in the Manhattan jail where Epstein took his own life in August.

The official could not discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Maxwell also has a roommate in her cell and is being closely monitored, ensuring that someone is with her at all times while she is behind bars, the official added.

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