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Ghislaine Maxwell claims fellow prisoner ‘plotted to murder her as she slept’

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Ghislaine Maxwell claims fellow prisoner ‘plotted to murder her as she slept’
Ghislaine Maxwell claims fellow prisoner ‘plotted to murder her as she slept’
Ghislaine Maxwell claims fellow prisoner ‘plotted to murder her as she slept’
Ghislaine Maxwell claims fellow prisoner ‘plotted to murder her as she slept’

Ghislaine Maxwell claims fellow prisoner 'plotted to murder her as she slept'
She said jail is ‘dangerous’ in a new interview (Picture: Getty Images/Reuters)

Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed a fellow inmate threatened to kill her in her sleep in one of her first interviews since she was put behind bars for child sex trafficking.

The disgraced former socialite, 60, has described her life in prison, complaining of maggot-covered food and recalling a ‘disgusting’ incident in which she resorted to eating Vaseline.

After being locked in a ‘rat-infested’ cell, she alleges to have seen guards selling drugs and to have been placed on suicide watch as ‘punishment’.

It comes after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by her former partner Jeffrey Epstein.

Convicted sex offender Epstein was found dead in his jail cell, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges – a death Maxwell claims was ‘profoundly suspicious’.

In another interview published this week, she also said she ‘feels so bad‘ for Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military titles and patronages after being accused of sexually abusing a victim of an Epstein trafficking ring. The Duke of York has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Speaking to The Sun about her time in the Metropolitan Detention Centre, New York, Maxwell said: ‘There was a woman who made a threat to act in a plan to murder me as I was sleeping. That is real. That happened.’

She went on to say jail is ‘dangerous’ and advised people ‘to do everything possible’ to avoid it.

From Freemantle Media GHISLAINE PRINCE ANDREW AND THE PAEDOPHILE Tuesday 18 January at 9pm on ITV Pictured: Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein As Ghislaine Maxwell awaits sentencing in a New York prison ITV's Ranvir Singh unravels the story of how an entitled daughter of a billionaire sank into shame and disgrace through her friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Ranvir also explores how Prince Andrew, the Queen's second son, is now embroiled in the scandal as he faces his own possible civil court case brought by Virginia Giuffre. He denies any wrongdoing. Maxwell's trial shone a spotlight on the lifestyle of her, Epstein and their circle, including private jets, New York mansions and luxury exotic islands. Ranvir explores Maxwell and Epstein's extensive network of rich, powerful and famous friends, speaking with some of those in their 'Little Black Book' of contacts and examining evidence from the trial including flight logs from Epstein's private planes listing famous passengers. Ranvir speaks to survivors who tell her Maxwell was equally to blame for using her influence as a woman to persuade them into Epstein's web of abuse. She also speaks to a member of the jury who reveals how the 12 made up their minds to convict Maxwell after 40 hours of deliberation. (C) U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout picture For further information please contact Peter Gray Mob 07831460662 / peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is (C) U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout picture and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme GHISLAINE PRINCE ANDREW AND THE PAEDOPHILE or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com
Maxwell recruited underage girls to be sexually abused by her former partner (Picture: APhifer)

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Maxwell said she has never been suicidal but claims she was placed on suicide watch by the prison because she ‘filed a number of grievances’.

‘First, they strip you of any remaining shred of dignity you have. They have you with no clothes, and put you in a suicide smock with Velcro straps on it. So there’s nothing to protect your modesty’, she said.

She claims to have been banned from showering or having a toothbrush and placed in a cell that had ‘sub-zero temperatures’.

After allegedly being given ‘nothing but meagre portions of bread, cheese and baloney sausage, she lost more than a stone’.

Maxwell’s lawyers claimed she was subjected to such invasive surveillance that it ‘rivals scenes of Dr Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration’ from the film The Silence of the Lambs.

After their appeals, she was sent in July to Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution, a low-security prison in Florida that was the inspiration for Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

She said she is treated better there but moaned the jail is in Covid lockdown and she spends her time in an 8ft by 10.5ft ‘cube’ so tiny that she and her three cellmates take it in turns to stand up.

epa09680607 (FILE) - Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrives at the Francis Crick Institute in Central London, Britain, 14 July 2017 (reissued 12 January 2022). A New York court on 12 January 2022 rejected objections from Prince Andrew's lawyers to stop a US lawsuit against him over allegations of sexual abuse. EPA/WILL OLIVER *** Local Caption *** 55648060
Maxwell said she ‘feels so bad’ for Prince Andrew (Picture: EPA)
FILE PHOTO: The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), which is operated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, is pictured in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
She claims the Metropolitan Detention Centre put her on suicide watch as ‘punishment’ (Picture: Reuters)

‘I can assure you it’s very far from a cushy country club. You’re locked up the entire time and if they let you out for an hour there’s no communal area to get together, there’s not a chair for everybody, there’s no way to watch TV. And when I arrived here, there were only two phones’, she said.

At Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution, she says she sometimes teaches yoga and languages and is working on projects to help a cancer charity and improve the prison’s recycling record.

Metro has contacted the Metropolitan Detention Centre for comment.

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