As Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell spends her first days behind bars, a lawyer for their alleged victims who predicted the pervert financier would die in jail says she will likely suffer the same fate.
Spencer Kuvin told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that Maxwell ‘knows too much’ and that powerful people may want to silence her even as she is locked up.
‘It may be that she can’t handle the fear of what’s going to happen to her and takes matters into her own hands or there will be people who are very afraid of what she has to say,’ Kuvin predicted.
Maxwell has an astonishing international network of friends and acquaintances, some of whom have no doubt helped her lay low since Epstein’s suicide.
Kuvin said people laughed at him when he predicted that Epstein would die in prison — but his gut is telling him the same thing about Maxwell.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested on Thursday on federal charges relating to her allegedly enticing underage girls for Epstein to abuse.
She won the trust of girls as young as 14 and brought them to a ‘trap’ she and Epstein set — and in some cases took part in sex acts, the federal indictment states.
Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in October 2016, in one of her final social appearances
Ghislaine Maxwell is spending her first few nights in custody in the Merrimack County Jail in New Hampshire
Maxwell, who dated Epstein for at least three years in the 1990s, is spending the weekend in the relative comfort of Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire, before being transferred to New York where she will be housed in a tough-as-nails federal lock-up as she awaits trial.
The Merrimack lock-up houses both men and women from the area around the New Hampshire capital, Concord. Jail superintendent Ross Cunningham refused to reveal details of Maxwell’s day-to-day life inside when contacted by DailyMail.com. ‘It’s a security matter,’ he said.
He said the jail, which was built in 2005, is holding Maxwell under contract to the US Marshals Service.
Kuvin made his prediction after British socialite Maxwell was arrested at Tuckedaway, a mountaintop mansion in rural Bradford, New Hampshire, that she had anonymously bought for $1.07 million in December.
Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein in 2005
She had hidden her identity by using an LLC and rarely if ever left the isolated house with its stunning views of Mount Sunapee. No-one in town knew she was living at the four-bed, four-bath property set on 156 acres.
William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office said she had ‘slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims lived with the trauma inflicted on them years ago.’
Maxwell has not yet entered a plea but in depositions has strongly protested her innocence.
Florida-based Kuvin represents several women who claim Epstein sexually assaulted and raped them when they were teens.
He told DailyMail.com: ‘I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive. I said the same thing about Jeffrey Epstein and people laughed at me.
‘I think she knows way too much information — I just have this gut feeling.
Epstein, 66, was found hanged in his prison cell last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, sparking a raft of conspiracy theories.
Among the powerful people who knew him and had visited him at his hoes in New York, New Mexico, Florida, London and the US Virgin Islands, were Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Britain’s Prince Andrew, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Baruk and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
A pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother Mark said that the fracture on his neck suggested he was killed, though the official autopsy said it was suicide.
The apparent incompetence of the prison where he was being held played a part in his death. Guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan allegedly did not check on him and the cameras outside of his cell were not working on the night he died.
Maxwell could very well be heading to the same prison meaning there will be intense scrutiny of her safety.
Kuvin said that he was surprised by the way the Southern District of New York had handled the case because it was ‘the opposite of the way you’d prosecute a mob case’.
Rather than go for underlings and get them to flip, prosecutors have gone straight to the top; first Epstein and now Maxwell.
But Kuvin said that ‘maybe there are people who are higher up we don’t know about’.
Kuvin said: ‘By charging Ghislaine with as many counts as they did, the US Attorney’s office was probably looking for her to speak and will pressure her into giving more evidence.
Epstein killed himself in is prison cell in August last year but some have speculated he was murdered
‘I don’t think they will bargain away all of these charges and you want her to serve some serious time for what she did.
‘I think she will talk. Given who she is, her status and her lifestyle, I don’t think she has the ability to support herself which is why she was suing Epstein’s estate to pay her legal costs.
‘She will be in panic mode and will want to do anything to get a lighter sentence. For anyone who has culpability for anything over the past 10-15 years, I’d be nervous’.
After Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said he was ‘appalled’ and ordered an FBI investigation.
At the time Geoffrey Berman, then the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, vowed to continue the investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, with Maxwell as the number one target. Berman was fired by Trump last month and the case is now under acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss.
The charges against Maxwell, daughter of disgraced British press baron Robert Maxwell, who died in 1991 when he fell from his luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, include two of perjury for claiming in a deposition that she did not know of Epstein’s abuse and that she had never massaged any of the girls.
She is also accused of helping her former boyfriend to ‘recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known…to be under the age of 18.’
Some of the girls are said to have been as young as 14, the indictment states.
Among those who have claimed that Epstein did not kill himself is his former lawyer David Schoen.
He previously told DailyMail.com that Epstein was preparing a multi-layered legal and media strategy to fight his case.
During a five-hour meeting with Epstein nine days before his death Schoen said Epstein was ‘upbeat and excited’ and looking forward to clearing his name
But Epstein was in a ‘dangerous situation’ in jail and suggested other prisoners were considering blackmailing him.
They would see him on TV inside the prison and tell Epstein: ‘$70m mansion, huh?’ Schoen said.