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Ghislaine Maxwell put on suicide watch but not suicidal: Attorney

Her lawyer said in court papers filed Saturday that Ghislaine Maxwell, a former longtime aide convicted of child sex victim Jeffrey Epstein, has been placed under suicide surveillance ahead of her sentencing this week, but she is not committing suicide.

The 60-year-old former British socialite was “suddenly” placed on suicide watch Friday at a New York City detention center “without psychological evaluation and without justification”, her lawyer Bobby Sternheim wrote to a federal court in New York. Saturday.

“She is not committing suicide,” he said, while meeting her personally that morning at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

His lawyer said Ghislaine Maxwell, seen outside a New York City townhouse in 2015, was placed on suicide watch Friday despite not being suicidal.

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Sternheim said Maxwell was moved away from the general population into solitary confinement, preventing him from preparing for Tuesday’s sentencing hearing because he is not allowed to hold or see legal documents or have paper or pen.

“She was provided with a ‘suicidal smock’ and has been given a few sheets of toilet paper upon request. This morning, a psychologist evaluated Ms. Maxwell and determined she was not committing suicide,” he said.

Should his situation not change, and should he become sleep-deprived and not have enough time to meet with his defense team, Sternheim said he would request that his hearing be adjourned.

A representative for the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sternheim’s suicide watch claim Sunday.

Maxwell Is Seen In A Courtroom Sketch At The Start Of His Trial In 2021.
Maxwell is seen in a courtroom sketch at the start of his trial in 2021.

Maxwell was convicted late last year on five counts related to Epstein, who officials say hanged himself in 2019 while awaiting trial at a New York federal prison on related sex trafficking charges. Each charge of Maxwell carries a maximum prison sentence of five to 40 years.

Earlier this month, her lawyers wrote to the sentencing judge to be lenient. He portrayed her as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes after her death and described her as suffering a difficult childhood at the hands of a cruel and domineering father and an absent mother. They included letters from family and friends confirming her character.

“Ms. Maxwell has already experienced difficult times during detention, which are far more difficult and punitive than any experienced by a typical pretrial detainee, and she is expected to spend significantly more time behind bars. is preparing,” her lawyers said. “Her life is ruined. Since Epstein’s death, his life has been threatened and death threats have continued while he is in captivity. It would be a travesty of justice for him to face a sentence that would have been appropriate for Epstein,” his lawyers said.

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