GHISLAINE Maxwell believes her former lover Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in his prison cell — and fears she will meet the same grisly fate behind bars.
Friends said she hired bodyguards before being arrested after receiving death threats.
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The socialite was denied bail on sex trafficking charges and faces a year-long wait inside Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre before trial.
A family friend told The Sun On Sunday Maxwell, 58, fears she will be bumped off inside the brutal New York jail which warders describe as a “hellhole”.
Another source said: “It’s the same as Guantanamo Bay — lights on, noise and constant interruption of sleep”.
An inquest ruled that Epstein’s death last August at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Detention Centre was suicide.
But the 66-year-old was taken off suicide watch before he died despite being injured from either a suicide bid or an attack weeks earlier.
His death by hanging sparked theories he was silenced to stop him selling out paedo friends.
Cameras covering his cell were faulty and guards falsified checks.
Maxwell’s friend said: “Everyone’s view including Ghislaine’s is Epstein was murdered. She received death threats before she was arrested.”
The pal was in regular contact with Maxwell at her secret New Hampshire hideaway.
The Sun On Sunday can reveal a man found staying in a guesthouse next to her bolt-hole is former British soldier Martin Jackson.
There is no suggestion he was implicated in any wrongdoing by the FBI.
Maxwell denies her charges, and faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty.
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