Ghislaine Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch ahead of her sentencing, but her attorney says she’s not suicidal and may file to postpone her sentencing.
Maxwell, 60, is awaiting Tuesday’s sentencing in the federal detention center in Brooklyn. In December, she was found guilty of sex trafficking and other related charges.
CNN reports that attorney Bobbi Sternheim said in a letter that Maxwell was placed on suicide watch in solitary confinement on Friday. According to Sternheim, the convicted madame is not suicidal. A psychologist evaluated her on Saturday and determined she isn’t suicidal.
Now, Sternheim says Maxwell may not be prepared for her sentencing, and if she remains in solitary, he will ask for an adjournment.
”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,” he said.
In a court filing on Wednesday, prosecutors have asked that Maxwell be sentenced to 30-55 years. Her attorneys asked for a much more lenient sentence, asking the judge to give her between four-plus and five-plus years in prison.
Maxwell is the former girlfriend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein died by suicide in a federal detention center in Manhattan while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges in 2019. Prosecutors allege Maxwell helped Epstein lure young girls for sex between 1994 and 2004.