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Jeffrey Epstein’s associate and collaborator Ghislaine Maxwell announced Monday she believes her former companion was murdered while in prison.

“No, I don’t believe he did  [presumably commit suicide]. I believe that he was murdered. I was shocked. Then I wondered how it had happened because as far as I was concerned, he was going to … I was sure he was going to appeal, and I was sure he was covered under the non-prosecution agreement,” Maxwell told TalkTV.

Jeffrey Epstein died in prison in August 2019. While Epstein’s death was quickly declared a suicide, many have speculated his death was anything but that. And at least in Maxwell’s mind, the possibility of murder as an explanation is strong.

Epstein had been charged with the sex trafficking of minors and was associated with several high-profile figures. While much of the information surrounding his infamous island is speculation, few deny it was a less-than-savory place. As such, the intrigue surrounding his dealings is very real and just as relevant as it has ever been.

Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year after the Southern District of New York charged her for conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually exploit underage girls. She has since appealed that decision.

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“Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that GHISLANE MAXWELL was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court by United States Circuit Judge Alison J. Nathan to 240 months in prison for her role in a scheme to sexual exploit and abuse multiple minor girls with Jeffrey Epstein over the course of a decade. ”

Damian Williams added that the “sentence holds Ghislaine Maxwell accountable for perpetrating heinous crimes against children.  This sentence sends a strong message that no one is above the law and it is never too late for justice.  We again express our gratitude to Epstein and Maxwell’s victims for their courage in coming forward, in testifying at trial, and in sharing their stories as part of today’s sentencing.”

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