Ghislaine Maxwell on suicide watch, may request a delay in sentencing: attorney

NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch in a Brooklyn jail and may seek to delay her Tuesday conviction on charges of aiding and abetting Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls, her attorney said Saturday night.

In a letter to the judge overseeing Maxwell’s case, Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, said her client was “unable to properly prepare for sentencing” after officers at the Metropolitan Detention Center on Friday declared suicide watch and Maxwell abruptly walked in transferred to solitary confinement.

Sternheim said Maxwell was given a “suicide smock” and her clothes, toothpaste, soap and legal papers were taken away.

The lawyer also said Maxwell was “not suicidal,” a conclusion shared by a psychologist evaluating the 60-year-old British socialite on Saturday morning.

Ghislaine Maxwell
Maxwell was convicted on five counts, including sex trafficking.
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“If Ms Maxwell remains under suicide observation, is barred from viewing legal papers prior to sentencing, is deprived of sleep and is not denied sufficient time to meet and consult with a lawyer, we will officially hold an adjournment on Monday pass over,” wrote Sternheim.

A spokesman for US Attorney Damian Williams in Manhattan, whose office is prosecuting Maxwell, declined to comment.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell where the financier was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell was convicted on December 29 of five felonies, including sex trafficking, for recruiting and grooming four girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Prosecutors said Maxwell should serve at least 30 years in prison, citing her “complete lack of remorse.” Maxwell wants a term of less than 20 years.

The verdict will be handed down by US District Judge Alison Nathan in federal court in Manhattan.

Maxwell has been held in the Brooklyn Jail since shortly after her arrest in July 2020.

Her lawyers protested the prison conditions there several times before the trial, including last November when Sternheim compared them to those of Hannibal Lecter in the Oscar-winning 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. Ghislaine Maxwell on suicide watch, may request a delay in sentencing: attorney


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