AP source: Authorities fear Epstein confidant Ghislaine Maxwell commits suicide

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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Federal officials were so worried that Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidant, Ghislaine Maxwell, could commit suicide after her arrest that they took off her clothes and sheets and forced her to wear paper clothes during her police custody, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The measures to ensure Maxwell’s safety while he is locked up in a New York federal prison go far beyond the measures taken by the federal authorities when they were first arrested in New Hampshire last week.

The Ministry of Justice has put in place additional security protocols and federal officials outside the Prisons Office have been specifically tasked with ensuring adequate protection and compliance with prison protocols, the official said. The protections are in case she hurts herself and in case other inmates wish to harm her.

Part of the concern is that Epstein, 66, committed suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan last summer while in detention on charges of sex trafficking. The Prisons Office has been the subject of in-depth examination and conspiracy theories since then, with staff reshuffles and changes in management. Attorney General William Barr said his death was the result of “the perfect crazy storm”.

Maxwell was sent to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, on the Brooklyn Bridge from where Epstein was detained.

The other protocols in place for Maxwell’s internment are to make sure she has a roommate in her cell, to be monitored and to make sure someone is always with her while she is behind bars, the official said.

The official was unable to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Maxwell was arrested last Thursday for helping to attract at least three girls – one as young as 14 – to be sexually abused by Epstein, who has been accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women for many years.

Maxwell, the daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, was the former girlfriend and close associate of Epstein. She is accused of facilitating her crimes and, on some occasions, has joined him in sexually abusing girls, according to the indictment against her. Several victims of Epstein described Maxwell as his main facilitator, recruiting and preparing young girls for abuse. She denied the wrongdoing and called for complaints against her “absolute garbage”.

Maxwell was arrested last week by a team of federal agents in a million-dollar estate she bought in New Hampshire. The investigators had kept an eye on Maxwell and knew that she had been hiding in various places in New England.

She changed her email address, ordered packages under someone else’s name, and registered at least one new phone number under a pseudonym “G Max,” prosecutors said.

When officers rushed to arrest her, they were unsure whether she was even at home, the official said. Some investigators believed she may have already fled the United States to avoid prosecution, the official added.

After his arrest, Maxwell was placed under the care of the US Marshals Service, which used a series of suicide prevention protocols, including the removal of his sheets, as well as other security measures, fearing a repeat of this. happened with Epstein.

The Prisons Office has suffered for years from serious misconduct, violence and staff shortages such that guards often work overtime day after day or are forced to work double duty and has recently struggled with an explosive number of cases of coronavirus in US prisons.

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