Ghislaine Maxwell, known to be the lover and confidante of pedophile tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a New York prison last year by an apparent suicide, said he was probably murdered and fears she may face the same fate while awaiting trial.

“Everyone’s view including Ghislaine’s is Epstein was murdered. She received death threats before she was arrested,” an unidentified friend told The Sun.

While Maxwell last week denied the child sex abuse charges in Manhattan federal court by video conference from prison, Judge Alison Nathan rejected the defense’s request for probation.

The partner and ex-girlfriend of the financier is now preparing to face a trial scheduled for July 12, 2021. Meanwhile, she fears she will be brutally beaten inside the New York City prison, which the guards themselves describe as “hell,” according to a family friend of the 58-year-old.

Another source said the prison “is the same as Guantanamo Bay: lights on, noise, and constant sleep disruption.”

The Justice Department’s indictment, “alleges that between at least in or about 1994 through 1997, Maxwell and co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein exploited girls as young as 14, including by enticing them to travel and transporting them for the purpose of engaging in illegal sex acts.”

The indictment “as alleged, knowing that Epstein had a preference for young girls, Maxwell played a critical role in the grooming and abuse of minor victims that took place in locations including New York, Florida, and New Mexico.”  “In addition, as alleged, Maxwell made several false statements in sworn depositions in 2016,” the indictment adds.

According to The Daily Wire, Epstein died on Aug. 10 and the coroner who evaluated the body later reportedly ruled that the death was the result of a suicide.

However, a later report revealed that federal prison protocols were not followed as they transferred Epstein’s inert body directly to the emergency room, instead of leaving it where it was.

“Bureau of Prisons protocol mandates a suicide scene should be treated with the ‘same level of protection as any crime scene in which a death has occurred,” a 60-minute report said.

Journalist Sharyn Alfonsi from the Wire, inquired with expert Michael Baden about the veracity of the statements made in the official media. “Is there a photograph of when he was found dead in the cell,” the reporter asked.

Baden responded that there was no photographic evidence, yet he acknowledged that the official evidence released so far, including the autopsy, “points much more to the murder and strangulation than to suicide.

Maxwell is commonly referred to as the “British socialite,” because of her close ties to British and American political elites.

According to a 2011 Vanity Fair magazine article, the daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell was described as an educated person with powerful friends who was always considered the most “interesting” and “lively” at any of the social events she attended.

Maxwell not only handled Epstein’s finances and administered his properties; she even flew his helicopter. The financier’s ex-girlfriend, who is accused of recruiting underage girls to become his sex victims, also instructed them in ways to please him, even involving herself in the abuse, according to the Daily Mail.   

Maxwell was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire, on July 2 while staying on a 20-acre property.

As the BBC reported, once FBI agents went to the mansion to take Maxwell into custody, they were forced to enter as she did not come to the door and once they managed to get in they found her hiding in one of the rooms.

On July 6, she was transferred to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, from where she testified and is now awaiting trial next year.