Maxwell, 60, will be sentenced Tuesday in Manhattan federal court after being found guilty of trafficking a minor and other charges related to a sprawling conspiracy to abuse young girls with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. She is currently being held in a federal detention facility in Brooklyn.
Attorney Bobbi Sternheim said in the letter that Maxwell was abruptly removed from the general population, sent to solitary confinement and placed on suicide watch Friday without a psychological evaluation and “without justification.”
“I met Mrs. Maxwell today…” Sternheim said in the letter. “She’s not suicidal.”
DailyExpertNews has reached out to the Bureau of Prisons for comment on why Maxwell was placed on suicide watch.
It’s unclear if Maxwell was put on suicide watch because of her link to Epstein.
Sternheim said a psychologist evaluated Maxwell Saturday morning and determined she is not suicidal. The lawyer states that Maxwell cannot properly prepare for the sentencing. A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.
“If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, banned from viewing legal materials prior to sentencing, is sleep deprived, and does not have enough time to meet and consult with counsel, we will formally move for suspension on Monday.” Sternheim said.
Federal prosecutors asked a judge in a court on Wednesday to sentence Maxwell to 30 to 55 years in prison, arguing she “made the choice to sexually exploit numerous underage girls.” Maxwell’s lawyers last week asked a judge to sentence her to between 4.25 and 5.25 years in prison because she said her difficult childhood made her vulnerable to Epstein and that she should not receive a severe sentence for his actions.
Maxwell, his confidant and ex-girlfriend, was arrested a year later and has been in prison ever since. Prosecutors say Maxwell helped Epstein create a plan to lure young girls into sexual relations between 1994 and 2004.
She was found guilty in December of five federal charges, including: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three related counts of conspiracy. However, she will not be convicted on three counts until the judge presiding over her case agreed to two of the conspiracy charges she faced.