by Jennifer Smith, Daily Mail:
- Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging in his cell last August while awaiting trial
- His death was ruled a suicide but many have speculated that he was murdered
- Attorney General Bill Bar says the government won’t allow Maxwell to die
- She is currently being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
- Maxwell, 58, faces 35 years in prison if convicted of child sex trafficking
- Prosecutors say they are trying to speak to Prince Andrew about what he knows
- Sources close to Andrew previously told DailyMail.com he was ‘bewildered’
- They say he has offered to cooperate with investigations multiple times
- Andrew is alleged to have slept with a 17-year-old in 2001 after being introduced to her by Maxwell – a claim he vehemently denies
Attorney General Bill Bar has insisted that the government will not allow Ghislaine Maxwell to die in jail like Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanging in his cell last summer while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.
Asked an interview with ABC News if the government had Maxwell’s security ‘locked up’ to ensure she would neither be able to kill herself or be harmed, Barr answered firmly: ‘Yes. We have asked them to tell us specifically the protocols they’re following and we have a number of redundant systems to monitor the situation.’
He added that he was ‘livid’ when Epstein killed himself and that he wanted to see him brought to justice.
‘I was livid obviously. I believed very strongly in that case and I was very proud of the work done by the department, the Southern District on that case, and as you recall, after he committed suicide, I said that I was confident that we would continue to pursue this case vigorously and continue to pursue anyone who was complicit in it.
‘I was very happy we were able to get Ms Maxwell,’ he said.
Maxwell, left, was last seen at an In-N-Out Burger in August. She is now in custody in Brooklyn. Epstein killed himself in jail last August. Some believe he was murdered
Maxwell, 58, is currently in custody in Brooklyn, awaiting her first court appearance on charges of child sex trafficking and perjury. Speculation is rife that she may talk to prosecutors about others in her and Epstein’s network in an effort to reduce her potential sentence.
Among the names on the list is Prince Andrew, who allegedly slept with a 17-year-old after being introduced to her by Maxwell in London in 2001.
Barr said that prosecutors ‘definitely’ want to speak to the royal and claims they have been trying to contact him.
‘Definitely the department wants to talk to Prince Andrew. That’s why the Southern District has been making efforts to communicate with him.
‘We’ve made it clear that we’d like to communicate with him,’ Barr said.
A source close to Andrew previously told DailyMail.com that he was ‘bewildered’ by the ongoing claims that he wasn’t cooperating, and says his team tried to reach prosecutors several times.