The lawyers for convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell said in court documents this week that another inmate in the same prison housing unit as Maxwell was allegedly offered money to murder her.
The explosive claim was revealed in a report from The New York Times on attempts from Maxwell’s team to seek mercy ahead of her sentencing. The lawyers said that following her conviction, Maxwell was moved to the prison’s general population and became a “target of a credible death threat from a fellow inmate.”
“A prisoner 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 Ms. Maxwell in her sleep, the lawyers wrote,” the Times noted. “The inmate who made the threat was moved to a different unit, ‘presumably to protect Ms. Maxwell,’ the lawyers said.”
“This incident reflects the brutal reality,” Maxwell’s lawyers wrote, adding “that there are numerous prison inmates who would not hesitate to kill Ms. Maxwell — whether for money, fame, or simple ‘street cred.’”
The Department of Justice declined to comment on the matter to the newspaper.
The explosive allegations come after Maxwell’s pal, convicted child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, died in a New York City prison cell in August 2019, weeks after he was arrested on new sex trafficking charges.
The circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death have led to speculation over whether he committed suicide, which was the official cause of death, or whether someone killed him, an explanation that some experts have suggested.
“Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple,” The Washington Post reported. “Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.”
Jean-Luc Brunel, the former French model agency boss and associate to the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was found dead in his prison cell in Paris earlier this year where he was being held on suspicion that he supplied underage girls to Epstein.
Initially his death was reported by many as a suicide because of statements made by his lawyers, however, ABC News later reported that French officials have declined to confirm those details.
“Brunel was initially arrested in Charles De Gaulle Airport in December 2020,” the report added. “According to Paris prosecutors, Brunel was initially held in a probe into the rape of minors and trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation in association with their probe into possible crimes committed by Epstein. Days later, Brunel was charged with rape of minors over the age of 15 and sexual harassment. Brunel maintained he was innocent.”