Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell say her prison cellmate has repeatedly claimed she was offered money to kill Jeffrey Epstein’s 60-year-old accomplice.
Her lawyers backed the claim in a court filing on Wednesday, calling for leniency after she was convicted of sex trafficking and helping pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein molest teenage girls.
“One of the female inmates in Ms. Maxwell’s accommodation unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms. Maxwell and planned to strangle her in her sleep,” the court filing said.
The inmate claimed the payment was worth “an additional 20 years in prison.”
“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 lawyers said.
Maxwell’s cellmate was reportedly transferred to a different ward of the Brooklyn prison where Maxwell is being held, the New York Times reported.
Her attorneys told a Manhattan federal court judge that the recommended 20 to 30-year sentence was “a travesty of justice for her to face a sentence that would have been fair for Epstein.”
Epstein, her former boyfriend and longtime business partner, died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting his own sex abuse trial.
Maxwell’s lawyers are calling for a lighter sentence for the British socialite, claiming, “Epstein was the mastermind, Epstein was the prime culprit, and Epstein orchestrated the crimes for his personal gratification.”
They say her life has been difficult and that since her arrest on July 2, 2020, she has already suffered appalling prison conditions.
Her attorneys also say that officers miscalculated the guidelines for her sentencing and that she should not be sentenced to more than four or five years.
“Ghislaine Maxwell is not an heiress, a villain, or a superficial celebrity. She has worked hard all her life. She has energy, drive, dedication, a strong work ethic and a desire to do good in the world,” the attorneys wrote in the filing.
They also said she deserved a lighter sentence due to her difficult childhood with an “overbearing, narcissistic and demanding father.”
Maxwell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/16/ghislaine-maxwells-cellmate-bribed-to-kill-epsteins-accomplice-16841461/ Bribed Ghislaine Maxwell's cellmate to kill 'Epstein's accomplice'