Friends of Ghislaine Maxwell are worried the disgraced socialite could get whacked in prison or die by suicide like her predator ex-lover and boss, Jeffrey Epstein.
“I’m absolutely worried for her safety,” said Christopher Mason, a TV host and journalist who has known Maxwell since the 1980s. “Do I think [she’s] in danger? Yes.”
Mason, who is appearing in the new docu-series “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” in August on Lifetime, added that the threat to Maxwell — now headed to the same Manhattan lock-up where Epstein died last August — could be greater because of reports she might cooperate with authorities.
“The authorities are open to the possibility of some cooperation,” Mason said.
“In a way, I can’t imagine her ever giving up Prince Andrew, but if it’s life imprisonment with no hope of parole, it might be tempting. She of all of those people knew who slept with whom and [which young girl] was assigned to whom.”
Epstein, 66, hanged himself last year inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center while facing charges he sexually abuse of dozens of minors and young women.
The death was ruled a suicide but a pathologist hired by the Epstein family claims his death was murder.
Video footage outside Epstein’s cell just prior to his death was mysteriously wiped and two corrections officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, have been charged with falsifying documents claiming they checked on him the night of his death.
Mason said Maxwell had access to potentially compromising videotapes.
He said he was told that Epstein rigged his many homes with cameras and kept surveillance tapes of everyone and everything that went on in them. The tapes have all disappeared, he said.
“I’m sure she has access to the videos,” Mason said. “A lot of powerful people will be more than a little worried. I hope [Maxwell won’t] end up like Epstein. I’m a little worried about that. I think she’s in danger. There is too much power involved if she really talks. “
Another friend who asked to remain anonymous said: “I don’t understand why [Maxwell] didn’t leave the country. She has very high-powered friends and I am wondering why she stayed in the US. She must have some major dirt to stay in this country.”
Maxwell has American, British and French citizenship, this friend said.
The friend speculated that Prince Andrew had the most to worry about but added, “I can’t tell you how much he was involved.”
Mason said Maxwell “was my friend, but after the brutality of the treatment of these girls and the threats she made, it’s hard. Sympathy for her has evaporated.
“She’s the daughter of a monstrous man and Jeffrey was the ideal replacement for her monstrous father so one could be exceedingly sympathetic — poor thing she had no chance, her father was a monster. That’s all she knew. But she’s also a highly intelligent adult with choices.”