Of­fi­cial: Feds feared Ep­stein con­fi­dant might kill her­self

The Maui News - - Nation And World -

LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. — Fed­eral of­fi­cials were so wor­ried Jef­frey Ep­stein’s long­time con­fi­dant Ghis­laine Maxwell might take her own life af­ter her ar­rest that they took away her clothes and bed­sheets and made her wear pa­per at­tire while in cus­tody, an of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The steps to en­sure Maxwell’s safety while she’s locked up at a fed­eral jail in New York City ex­tend far be­yond the mea­sures fed­eral of­fi­cials took when they first ar­rested her in New Hamp­shire last week.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment has added ex­tra se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions and placed fed­eral of­fi­cials out­side the Bureau of Pris­ons in charge of en­sur­ing there is ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion for Maxwell. That’s to help pre­vent other in­mates from harm­ing her and to stop her from harm­ing her­self, the of­fi­cial said.

The con­cern comes in part be­cause Ep­stein, 66, killed him­self in a fed­eral jail in Man­hat­tan last sum­mer while in cus­tody on sex traf­fick­ing charges, spawn­ing con­spir­acy the­o­ries over his death de­spite a med­i­cal ex­am­iner rul­ing it a sui­cide. The sprawl­ing case against him en­snared Bri­tish roy­alty and Amer­i­can elite who at­tended par­ties at his man­sions. Whis­pers over who knew what and when about Ep­stein even reached the White House, af­ter video sur­faced of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the fi­nancier chat­ting at a Mar-a-Lago party in 1992.

The case ap­peared dor­mant un­til Maxwell was ar­rested last Thurs­day on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sex­u­ally abused by Ep­stein, who was ac­cused of vic­tim­iz­ing dozens of girls and women over many years.

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