(Slay News) – Jeffrey Epstein’s convicted sex trafficking accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell has been placed on “suicide watch” just days after she named Bill and Hillary Clinton in a desperate bid for leniency, according to her lawyers.
On Saturday, Maxwell’s defense attorneys send a letter to Judge Alison Nathan stating that “recent development” may “require postponement of Tuesday’s sentencing proceeding.”
According to her lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell was placed on suicide watch by the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) where she is currently held awaiting sentencing.
However, Sternheim warned the judge that Maxwell “is not suicidal.”
The news comes just days after named the Clintons in a last-ditch attempt to reduce her sentence as she faces decades in prison after being convicted for her role in providing Epstein and his powerful friends with underage girls to abuse.
As Slay News previously reported, Maxwell is now claiming that she helped Bill and Hillary “launch and develop” their charitable organization, the Clinton Global Initiative.
Ahead of Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors have been tightening the screws on Maxwell and requesting that the judge gives her 30 to 55 years in prison for her role in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
After Maxwell namedropped the Clintons in the court filing last week, federal prosecutors responded by warning that the information is not enough and have asked the judge to sentence her to the maximum allowed.
Unless she can provide prosecutors with information was would secure a deal, 60-year-old Maxwell will be facing decades in prison and most likely never be released.
So far, Maxwell has refused to name names of the high-profile clients who were linked to Epstein.
Maxwell is also claiming that her life is at risk in prison and says she fears she will be killed by other inmates.
She alleges that other inmates are being offered money to kill her.
In her Saturday letter to Judge Nathan, lawyer Sternheim argues that the risk to Maxwell’s life is preventing them from working with their client.
“[Maxwell] is not permitted to possess and review legal documents and is not permitted paper or pen,” Sternheim writes.
“This has prevented her from preparing for sentencing.”
The attorney stated that this was done “without having conducted a psychological evaluation and without justification.”
“Ms. Maxwell was abruptly removed from general population and returned to solitary confinement, this time without any clothing, toothpaste, soap, legal papers, etc.” the attorney added.
“She was provided a ′suicide smock′ and is given a few sheets of toilet paper on request.
“This morning, a psychologist evaluated Ms. Maxwell and determined she is not suicidal.”
Sternheim wrote that she met with Maxwell and has determined herself that Maxwell is not suicidal.
She ended the letter with, “Currently, she is unable to prepare for sentencing.
“If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment.”
On June 15, the defense filed a 36-page memorandum that essentially asks Nathan to go easy on their client.
For much of the 36 pages, the defense puts the blame on the now-deceased Jeffrey Epstein, who was Maxwell’s employer and romantic partner, referring to him as the “central figure,” “mastermind,” and “principal abuser.”
Epstein was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His death was officially ruled to have been caused by “suicide by hanging.”
Over the past week and a half, attorneys on both sides have been petitioning Nathan regarding the “impact statements” that some of Maxwell’s alleged victims may read at the June 28 sentencing.
The Crime Victims’ Rights Act allows such statements to be delivered to the court on sentencing days.
In another recent development, Virginia Robert Giuffre, one of the alleged victims who did not testify in the trial but intends to speak at the sentencing, is involved in a civil lawsuit against Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz.
Dershowitz’s lawyers also sent letters to Nathan this week asking to have the civil lawsuit unsealed if Giuffre is to speak.
Maxwell was found guilty of five of six counts of sex trafficking in connection with Epstein on December 29, after a month-long trial in federal court in New York.