According to attorneys for convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, her cellmate on many occasions was offered money to kill Maxwell. In a recent court filing, Maxwell’s lawyer stated, “One of the female inmates in Ms. Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms. Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep.” The lawyer also noted that “This incident reflects the brutal reality that there are numerous prison inmates who would not hesitate to kill Ms. Maxwell — whether for money, fame, or simple ‘street cred.’” The inmate who made the threats has reportedly been moved to a separate housing unit in the Brooklyn prison where Maxwell is being held.
Maxwell was a British socialite and close acquaintance of famed millionaire Jeffrey Epstein who was convicted in December of sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl. Epstein, who ran an adolescent sex trafficking organization and abused scores of teenage girls, was arrested in July 2020, following years of investigations and lawsuits. While awaiting prosecution for his sex offenses, Epstein was discovered dead in a Manhattan prison cell in August 2019. His death was declared a suicide by the authorities.
Maxwell’s lawyers claimed in their sentencing brief that she should be given a lesser term for her crimes because of the alleged death threat and a variety of other factors, including her “difficult, traumatic childhood.” Her lawyers stated, “Ghislaine Maxwell is not an heiress, villain, or vapid socialite. She has worked hard her entire life. She has energy, drive, commitment, a strong work ethic, and desire to do good in the world.” They argued that “an overbearing, narcissistic, and demanding father made her vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met right after her father’s death.” Additionally, they claimed that prosecutors want to charge Maxwell because of “strong media and public uproar” after Epstein escaped justice. Maxwell’s lawyers are requesting a sentence less than the 20 years suggested by the court’s probation department. Her sentencing hearing is set for June 28.