Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and co-worker of the late Jeffrey Epstein, is woken up in jail every 15 minutes, according to his lawyer, to keep him alive.
“Despite uninterrupted cell camera surveillance, Ms. Maxwell’s sleep is interrupted every 15 minutes when a flashlight wakes her up to see if she’s breathing,” lawyer Bobbi Sternheim wrote in a letter filed Tuesday, CNN wrote.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2, charged with caring for and abusing underage girls, and he did not plead guilty to the charges.
He is awaiting a court hearing scheduled for July 2021 at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York.
His lawyer said the detention “takes place in an actual solitary confinement under the most stringent conditions,” adding that Maxwell is “overly and invasively searched” and monitored 24 hours a day.
In addition, the lawyer stated that psychologists monitor Maxwell for several hours a day without his knowledge.
Sternheim argued that Maxwell was treated less favorably than those convicted of terrorism or deadly murder, and asked U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan to order the detention center to go to court over this reported observation.
Nathan had previously denied Maxwell’s bail after finding it posed a flight risk and rejecting his request to move to general prison in August.
The news of heightened surveillance comes after Epstein died last summer in prison while waiting for a trial on a sex trafficking charge in a separate federal facility in New York.
Epstein’s death on Aug. 10 was convicted of suicide, and prosecutors have charged two guards with false records, claiming officers have neglected Epstein’s duty to follow up, CNN added. The guards plead innocent.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued that he had never been diagnosed with suicide and that his current circumstances were unfair.
This week, Maxwell was quarantined for 14 days after being exposed to a COVID-19 prison employee, although prosecutors say the virus was tested negatively.