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The Justice Department is allegedly taking no chances with the safety of Ghislaine Maxwell.
The accused Jeffery Epstein ‘fixer’ is being forced to wear paper clothes and has not been given any bed sheets for fear of a possible suicide attempt.
ABC News has more:
Ghislaine Maxwell, the recently arrested confidant of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was given paper clothes upon checking into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, over fears that she might take her own life, two federal law enforcement sources confirm to ABC News.
It's unclear whether Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch.
Sources stressed to ABC News that it is standard procedure for high-profile inmates or new inmates. However, one source told ABC News that the federal Bureau of Prisons has gone to "great measures" to ensure Maxwell's safety.
The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment.
The news was first reported by The Associated Press.
From at least 1994 to 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated and contributed to Epstein's alleged abuse of minor girls, according to the six-count indictment.
Attorney General William Barr told ABC News on Wednesday that he is keeping a close watch to make sure that Maxwell makes it to trial after Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial last year.
"We have asked [the Bureau of Prisons] to tell us specifically the protocols they're following and we have a number of redundant systems to monitor the situation," Barr said.
Barr said he was "livid" Epstein died while in custody last August. The investigation into Epstein has continued even after his death.
After Jeffery Epstein allegedly committed suicide in his cell last August, rumors of foul play have run rampant.
Many people are already bringing up conspiracy theories.
Some are predicting Maxwell may die of "mysterious causes" herself.
Maxwell has already expressed concerns of contracting the coronavirus while in jail.
NBC News has more:
Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidant accused of helping him sexually abuse underage girls, should be granted bail because of the COVID-19 threat in jail, her lawyers said Friday.
Maxwell, 58, has been locked up at a federal detention facility in New York following her arrest last week on charges connected to Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking network.
In new court papers, her lawyers cited the risks of the coronavirus as one reason she should be released from jail to home confinement. They proposed that she be freed on a $5 million bond secured by six co-signers and property in the U.K. worth $3.75 million.
“The circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic will greatly increase her personal risk and prevent her from meaningfully participating in her defense,” wrote her lawyers, Mark Cohen and Jeffrey Pagliuca.
The request comes days after New York federal prosecutors asked a judge to keep her in federal custody until her trial, describing her as an “extreme” flight risk.
“Maxwell has three passports, large sums of money, extensive international connections, and absolutely no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence,” the prosecutors wrote in court papers.
It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.
If Maxwell does disappear or die of mysterious causes, one has to wonder how the country will react.