Friends of Ghislaine Maxwell said they feared for her safety in prison, with a warning: “There is too much power at stake if she really speaks.”
Maxwell, 58, was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire and faces six counts of incitement and trafficking of minors for sexual purposes.
The links stem from her relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in August while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking.
She is being held without bail in the state, before her transfer to New York – the prosecuting jurisdiction.
Ghislaine Maxwell pictured with Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell is in prison and Epstein committed suicide
Those who know the British socialite of French origin, also an American citizen, say they are concerned about her well-being.
“I am absolutely concerned for his safety,” said Christopher Mason, a television host and journalist who has known Maxwell since the 1980s.
“Do I think she’s in danger?” Yes.’
Mason, who appears in the new documentary series “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” in August on Lifetime, added that the threat against Maxwell – now directed to the same Manhattan prison where Epstein died last August – could be greater due to the information that it could cooperate with the authorities.
He said he feared she might kill herself, like Epstein did, or be killed.
“The authorities are open to the possibility of some cooperation,” Mason said, according to the New York Post.
Christopher Mason, a friend of Maxwell’s since the 1980s, said he feared for his safety
“In a way, I can’t imagine him abandoning Prince Andrew, but if it is a life sentence with no hope of parole, it might be tempting.
‘She of all these people knew who was sleeping with whom and [which young girl] was assigned to whom.
Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on charges of sexually abusing dozens of minors and young women.
The death was considered suicide, but a pathologist hired by the Epstein family claims his death was murder.
Video footage outside Epstein’s cell just before his death has been mysteriously erased and two correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, have been accused of falsifying documents claiming they checked him the night of his death.
Mason said Maxwell had access to potentially compromising videotapes.
It was widely reported that Epstein rigged his many homes with cameras and kept surveillance tapes of everyone and everything that went on there.
The tapes are all gone, he said.
“I’m sure she has access to the videos,” Mason said. “A lot of powerful people will be more than a little worried. I hope [Maxwell won’t] end up like Epstein. I am a little worried about this.
“I think she’s in danger. There is too much power involved if she really speaks. ‘
Maxwell, pictured in July 2004, had been on Epstein’s arm since 1992 and running his business
Another friend who asked to remain anonymous told the Post it was strange she stayed in the United States
‘I do not understand why [Maxwell] has not left the country, ”the source said.
“She has very powerful friends and I wonder why she stayed in the United States. She must have big filth to stay in this country.
The friend assumed Prince Andrew had the most to fear, but added: “I can’t tell you how involved he was.”
Mason said Maxwell “was my friend, but after the brutality of the treatment of these girls and the threats she made, it is difficult”.
He added: “The sympathy for her has evaporated.
“She’s the daughter of a monster man and Jeffrey was the perfect replacement for her monster father, so you could be extremely sympathetic – poor girl, she didn’t stand a chance, her father was a monster.” That’s all she knew.
“But she’s also a very intelligent adult with choices.”
Maxwell has previously denied the allegations against her.
Prince Andrew has continuously and vehemently denied any wrongdoing after Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleged that Epstein first “sexually trafficked” her to the prince when she was just 17 years old.