Ghislaine Maxwell was reportedly handcuffed and thrown into solitary confinement for 48 hours after giving a series of video and audio interviews in January.
The 61-year-old convicted human trafficker made a surprise appearance on UK TV and complained about her life at the Federal Correctional Institute in Tallahassee. She further blamed her now-deceased ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein for her fall from grace.
According to the Daily Mail, the interviews drew attention at the facility since inmates may only have video visits with a pre-approved list of family, friends, and legal representatives.
Officials accused the former British socialite, who was convicted of grooming underage girls for her pedophile ex-boyfriend, of profiting from a media interview.
Her protests were to no avail, and Maxwell was taken to the Special Housing Unit (SHU). This is described as a “prison within a prison” where inmates are locked by themselves away from the general population and fed through small openings in the door.
Ghislaine Maxwell was thrown in solitary confinement over jailhouse interview https://t.co/Sz0URa1Sr0
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 27, 2023
The Daily Mail cited “insiders” as revealing that Maxwell, nicknamed “Max” by those around her, was surprised when officials marched in and handcuffed her.
Witnesses said she was upset and crying, and she protested that she had not received money for being interviewed. She was not seen again for three days.
The source described the SHU as “a little box and you’re only allowed out to shower once a day.” The prisoner gets no contact with anyone, no privileges, and meals are delivered through a slot.
Maxwell, who would have violated the terms of her 20-year sentence if she profited from the interviews, made several headlines for her statements. One of her claims was that Epstein did not commit suicide while he was jailed in 2019.
This, of course, contradicts the official line that the despondent financier took his own life while unattended.
Maxwell expressed regret for her relationship with Epstein and said she wished she’d never met him. She added that she likely should have stayed in England and questioned the authenticity of a widely-shared photograph that featured Prince Andrew and one of the young victims.
But most controversial was her apparent refusal to apologize to the girls who were victimized through the crimes for which she was convicted. For all her statements on other topics, all Maxwell said was that she wished for them to heal and have productive lives.