Ghislaine Maxwell has been forced to wear paper clothes and sleep without bedsheets as prison bosses pull out all the stops keep her alive.
The 58-year-old heiress is being held at New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Centre over her alleged links to paedo billionaire Jeffrey Epstein – and guards fear she’ll take her life like he did.
Epstein was found hanged at the same jail last August as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.
FBI agents arrested Maxwell at her New Hampshire bolthole last week on charges related to the sexual abuse of minors and perjury.
She is accused of producing young girls for Epstein to abuse – with one alleged victim even claiming she took part.
One official claimed that prison staff are terrified that Maxwell will her life – so are forcing her to wear paper clothes and watching her around the clock on CCTV.
Maxwell will appear at a Southern District of New York courthouse via video link next Tuesday to ask for bail.
The only other people present will be Judge Alison Nathan and two lawyers.
Prosecutors claim Maxwell has at least three passports and access to a £20million fortune squirrelled away in 15 separate bank accounts – meaning she is an “extreme risk of flight”.
Four of Maxwell’s six charges relate to her alleged involvement in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring – amid claims she would act as his “madam” and track down girls for him in the late 1990s.
Maxwell is alleged to have helped Epstein groom teen girls by ‘recruiting’ them from schools and parks.
She moved to the United States after her father’s death in 1991 and became a close associate of the financier and subsequently convicted sex offender Epstein.
Some of Epstein’s alleged victims have claimed that Maxwell lured them into his circle, where they were sexually abused by him and powerful friends.
She has faced persistent allegations of procuring and sexually trafficking underage girls for Epstein and others, charges she has denied.