Friends claim Ghislaine Maxwell believes her former lover Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in his New York prison cell last year
They say she fears she may now meet the same fate
Maxwell, 58, was denied bail this week after pleading not guilty to the sex trafficking charges
She will be held in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center until her trial
The socialite is reportedly on suicide watch
DailyMail reports detained socialite Ghislaine Maxwell believes that her former lover and convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in his Manhattan prison cell last year and that she may meet the same fate.
Maxwell, 58, cried as she was denied bail on Tuesday and learned she must stay locked up until her trial next summer, after she pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges brought against her.
Epstein, 66, was found hanged in his New York City prison cell in August 2019 after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges, and his death was ruled a suicide.
But Maxwell reportedly believes he was murdered.
According to The Sun, her friends say that she now fears for her life amid concerns she may be killed behind bars after receiving death threats before her arrest two weeks ago.
It was revealed Wednesday that Maxwell’s brother had recruited ex-British soldiers to protect the socialite as she attempted to hide in her New Hampshire property amid fears of attempts on her life.
But she fears she can’t be guaranteed the same protection as she now faces a year-long wait for her trial behind bars inside Brooklyn’s maximum security Metropolitan Detention Center.
‘Everyone’s view including Ghislaine’s is Epstein was murdered. She received death threats before she was arrested,’ a friend told The Sun.
When died, Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In lawsuits, women say the abuse spanned decades.
His death was ruled a suicide, but he had been taken off suicide watch weeks before despite being injured from either an attack or another suicide attempt.
The manner of Epstein’s death has sparked conspiracy theories that he did not die by suicide and was, in fact, murdered – a theory that friends say Maxwell also believes.
Maxwell, a long-time associate of pedophile Epstein, is under investigation over her alleged role in grooming girls for the disgraced financier to abuse.
She pleaded not guilty Tuesday to helping him recruit and eventually abuse girls as young as 14, as well as lying about her role in depositions in 2016.
Maxwell is accused of grooming girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend.
She faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty of the charges, as prosecutors successfully argued that along with her three passports, connections to some of the world’s most powerful people and her own fortune of more than $10 million – Maxwell had every incentive to try and flee.
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