Fearing that Jeffrey Epstein's confidante Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after she was arrested, federal officials took away her clothes and bedsheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody, The Associated Press reported.
The Justice Department has implemented additional safety protocols, including ensuring she has a roommate in her cell, is being carefully monitored, and that someone is with her at all times while she is behind bars.
Maxwell was arrested last week for helping lure at least three girls to be sexually abused by Epstein. She was then put into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, which employed a series of suicide-prevention measures.
The increase in protective protocols comes in part because Epstein, 66, allegedly killed himself in a federal jail last summer while in custody on charges of sex trafficking. Federal authorities also want to protect Maxwell from being attacked by other inmates.
According to the indictment against her, Maxwell helped orchestrate Epstein's crimes and in some instances joined him in sexually abusing the girls.