Jeffrey Epstein’s top confidant Ghislaine Maxwell is poised to stand trial for participating in and facilitating Epstein’s crimes against underage girls.
Speculation that Maxwell will meet a similar fate as Epstein has been at a fever pitch since her arrest last week, and federal officials are reportedly going to great lengths to prevent Maxwell from being assassinated or committing suicide before she actually stands trial.
The Daily Mail reported insiders are concerned that Maxwell will be assassinated while she’s in jail, and authorities have been moving her from “cell to cell” to mitigate the risk of such an event.
An unidentified source told the Mail that “Jeffrey Epstein died behind bars and they [the authorities] are terrified someone will try to kill Ghislaine.”
Epstein was arrested in July of 2019 on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors. Three weeks before his eventual death, he was found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. Epstein said at the time he believed he had been attacked by a cellmate.
Prison authorities disagreed and placed him on suicide watch. Despite the precautions placed, Epstein was found dead in his cell in August of 2019 under suspicious circumstances, though his death has been tentatively ruled a suicide, though his death is still under investigation.
In addition to concerns that Maxwell is at risk for harm from outside sources, authorities are also reportedly concerned that she will attempt suicide while awaiting trial.
The Justice Department has reportedly increased security within the jail in which Maxwell is currently being held.
Fox News reported last week that “Federal officials took Maxwell’s clothes and bedsheets and replaced them with paper attire as a precautionary measure, in hopes of avoiding a repeat bungle by Manhattan jail authorities that culminated in Epstein’s suicide in August.”
Instead of leaving security measures up to the Bureau of Prisons, the agency responsible for allowing Epstein’s death, outside agencies have been tasked with ensuring that proper protocols are followed to protect Maxwell’s physical safety.
Maxwell spent years as Epstein’s top confidant and was deeply involved in his dealings for at least a decade, and her testimony is seen as key obtaining justice for Epstein’s victims. A former friend of Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged last week that Maxwell is in possession of footage of “celebrities,” “world figures,” and powerful American politicians sexually abusing minors.
She is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday and is under close watch as her case proceeds.