Ghislaine Maxwell woken up and strip-searched every three hours in jail to ensure she doesn’t kill herself like Epstein

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GHISLAINE Maxwell is woken up and stripped searched every three hours to make sure she doesn’t kill herself like Jeffrey Epstein, friend has said.

Epstein hanged himself while facing child sex trafficking charges and the authorities are determined former girlfriend Maxwell doesn’t do the same as she waits trial for acting as his “pimp”

Epstein and former girlfriend Maxwell pictured together

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Epstein and former girlfriend Maxwell pictured together Credit: Getty Images - Getty

The 58-year-old socialite was denied bail when she appeared in court

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The 58-year-old socialite was denied bail when she appeared in courtCredit: Reuters

The 58-year-old socialite is currently being held in a grim New York jail after being denied bail when prosecutors successfully argued her wealth and multiple passports made her a flight risk.

Brian Basham, a public relations veteran and close friend of the family, says prison guards have stopped talking to her and she is in solitary confinement in a 9-foot by 7-foot cell.

“She is on her own floor and has a very small cell but doesn’t have a table to put her computer on,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I’m told by the family that she has a camera in the ceiling and another camera that is 4ft away from her and they adjust it when she moves about.

“They were waking her up every three hours to search her and the noise outside her cell with the guards laughing and joking and yelling to each other is very disturbing, so she hasn’t got much sleep. It’s bizarre.”

Maxwell is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn

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Maxwell is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in BrooklynCredit: EPA

One of the notorious jail's cells

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One of the notorious jail's cells

Maxwell was arrested by the FBI at her $1 million New Hampshire bolthole in July but was denied bail despite her lawyers offering a $5 million bond faces a year in jail before trial.

She is accused of playing a central role in the abuse of underage girls carried out by Epstein, though denies all wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Maxwell was charged with recruiting, grooming and abusing three alleged victims of Epstein, including a girl as young as 14.

Her legal team have been arguing she is not being treated in the same way as other inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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In an August court filing, they said she “has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide”.

Epstein killed himself in August 2019 at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The wealthy financier was a convicted child sex offender, who socialised with high profile celebrities.

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