A PRISONER at Ghislaine Maxwell’s prison accommodation claimed she was offered money to murder the former socialite, according to the convicted sex offender’s legal team.
Maxwell’s attorneys have also claimed that she was “hit with a hammer” by her father when they disclosed details of her “traumatizing childhood.”
The 60-year-old was convicted of sex offenses in New York in December last year after a month-long trial.
She was found guilty of five of the six charges against her, including child sex trafficking, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
Maxwell, who was in a relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, will be sentenced June 28.
Her lawyers have pleaded for clemency at the last minute, blaming her parents’ cruelty and her relationship with Epstein for her actions.
Last month, Maxwell was released from solitary confinement after two years of branding “torture” by her family.
However, her legal team alleges that after moving in with the general population at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, she was the “target of a credible death threat from a fellow inmate.”
The New York Times reports that a prisoner in Maxwell’s apartment unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder her.
She allegedly said she planned to strangle her while she slept.
That inmate was later transferred to another unit “presumably to protect Ms. Maxwell,” according to her legal team.
The incident has not been independently confirmed and US Attorneys have declined to comment on the allegation.
But Maxwell’s defense attorneys have insisted 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 simply ‘street credit'”.
Her legal team has also accused Maxwell’s father – the late British media baron Robert Maxwell – of a series of physical and psychological assaults on his young daughter.
Once, they claim, after a 13-year-old Ghislaine pinned a poster of a pony on her newly painted bedroom wall, her irate father took a hammer and hit her on the hand with it.
The attack reportedly left her hand bruised and painful for weeks.
There are numerous prison inmates who would not hesitate to kill Ms. Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense team
Maxwell’s attorneys allege that their client is being convicted for her association with Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s and 2000s.
They describe Epstein as “always the central figure,” the “mastermind,” and the “principal perpetrator.”
In their sentencing statement, Maxwell’s attorneys argue that prosecutors only focused on her after the “intense media and public uproar” that followed Epstein’s death in prison in August 2019, a month after his arrest for sexual exploitation and abuse of girls and women, took place.
“The government faced an urgency to soothe the renewed plight of Epstein’s accusers and restore the tarnished reputation of the Justice Department and the BOP,” the attorneys wrote.
“There would be no trial for Epstein and no public justification and justice for his accusers. The government now had a huge hole to fill: Epstein’s empty chair.”
Maxwell will reportedly ask to be transferred to a UK prison so she can serve the majority of her child trafficking sentence close to her family.
At Maxwell’s trial last December, prosecutors presented evidence from four female accusers.
Two women said Epstein had sex with them from the age of 14.
One of the women said Maxwell molested her directly and touched her breasts, while the other said Maxwell was sometimes present during the encounters.
“Maxwell was a cunning predator who knew exactly what she was doing,” Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe told jurors in closing arguments.
“She manipulated her victims and prepared them for sexual abuse.”
In their brief, filed in federal district court, Maxwell’s attorneys asked Judge Alison Nathan to impose a sentence below the recommended 20 years.
They argued Maxwell spent much of her life being victimized by two men in her life — her father and Epstein.
Lawyers claimed Maxwell became anorexic as a toddler and received so little attention from her parents that she once stood in front of her mother at age three and declared, “Mommy, I exist.”
Earlier this month, Judge Nathan upheld Maxwell’s conviction, meaning the sentencing will go ahead.
She also ruled out holding a new trial – which Maxwell’s defense team had requested – after a juror failed to admit his past sexual abuse when filling out the jury questionnaire.
But she ruled that the three counts of conspiracy would be tried as one, reducing Maxwell’s maximum sentence from 65 years to 50 years.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5580393/ghislaine-maxwell-murder-cellmate-threat-sentencing-jeffrey-epstein/ Ghislaine Maxwell’s cellmate “was offered money to strangle Epstein’s ex in her sleep,” her lawyers claim