Britain’s Prince Andrew’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell reported Brooklyn jail workers threatened her security, prompting staff to position her on suicide watch, prosecutors stated on Sunday, arguing there was no have to delay her sentencing on intercourse trafficking fees.
Maxwell, 60, is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday for her December conviction for serving to her then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, the globe-trotting financier and convicted intercourse offender, abuse ladies between 1994 and 2004.
Prosecutors say she deserves between 30 and 55 years in jail.
In court docket filings on Saturday, Maxwell’s legal professionals stated she was positioned on suicide watch on the Metropolitan Detention Heart (MDC) and requested for a delay to her sentencing.
On Sunday, prosecutors argued no delay was wanted as a result of Maxwell had her authorized paperwork and will get the identical quantity of sleep.
They stated Maxwell was transferred after reporting threats to her security by MDC workers to the federal Bureau of Prisons’ inspector basic.
Maxwell refused to elaborate about why she feared for her security, prosecutors stated. She advised psychology workers she was not suicidal.
Maxwell’s legal professionals didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Bureau of Prisons stated it doesn’t touch upon any explicit inmate’s confinement circumstances.
Prosecutors stated the jail’s warden will oversee an investigation.
“Given the defendant’s inconsistent accounts to the (inspector basic) and to psychology workers, the Chief Psychologist assesses the defendant to be at further danger of self-harm, because it seems she could also be making an attempt to be transferred to a single cell the place she will interact in self-harm,” prosecutors stated in a court docket submitting.
Epstein killed himself in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell whereas awaiting trial.
The sentence might be imposed by U.S. Circuit Decide Alison Nathan in Manhattan federal court docket. Maxwell desires lower than 20 years, arguing she is being scapegoated for Epstein’s crimes.