Pampered’ Ghislaine Maxwell will ‘snap’ in prison and won’t be able to cope, Epstein former mentor says

GHISLAINE Maxwell will "snap" in prison as she struggles to cope with the harsh reality of life behind bars, says Jeffrey Epstein's old mentor.

Former jailbird Steven Hoffenberg says the Brit socialite will "crack in two seconds" as she will find prison too "tough and hard" to handle.

Hoffenberg said : "She's definitely someone who I understand quite well, I’m able to articulate how she feels right now, the tragedy she’s involved in now is horrible.

"If they keep her in prison, she’ll crack in two seconds.

"She's not able to take that sort of cruel punishment, prison is too tough and hard, she’ll have to be in solitary confinement, and she’ll snap.

"She takes everything deeply, down in her emotional capacity, and this is an emotional tragedy."

Pampered Maxwell has spent years living the high life and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

At the time of her arrest, legal documents revealed she had more than $20m in multiple bank accounts.

Maxwell's ex boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein infamously took his own lifein a New York prisonwhile awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors.

And Hoffenberg himself is no stranger to life behind bars himself.

He and Epstein masterminded one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history in the late Eighties and early Nineties, which resulted in Hoffenberg being jailed for 20 years.

He spent three and a half of those years in solitary and says it will not suit Maxwell.

Hoffenberg revealed: "I know the confinement and I know how hard it is for people to adjust, it’s too painful, very psychologically painful, and she’ll never be able to take it.

"I was in solitary for three and a half years because I did legal work for the inmates against the prison officials. It was retaliation.

"It’s very painful, the suffering is enormous, I believe she’s already agreed to cooperate, which means her incarceration would be much more comfortable.”

The 75-year-old was close to the Maxwell's family and says her arrest will have been set up by the FBI, who would have known exactly where she'd been hiding out since Epstein’s suicide last August.

And he warned Prince Andrew may be worried by what she will say in the wake of her arrest.

"They knew where she was all the time [in New Hampshire]. It was a question if America was going to take the case or not, now America has made up its mind to take the case," Hoffenberg told The Sun.

"Andrew handled it poorly, very poorly, he should have spoken to them through his lawyers, and given them some guidance.

"He should have given them something.

"She’s going to cooperate and be very important. Andrew may be very concerned, and there’s a lot of people very worried, a lot of powerful people been named [in the scandal], and she knows everything."

The Prince has strenuously denied all allegations brought against him.

In a statement last year the Palace said: "Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."

Prince Andrew said: "At no stage during the limited time I spent with [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction."

On Thursday, Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly luring girls as young as 14 years old to a number of Epstein's residences – including his mansions in New York City and Florida.

Later that day Maxwell, 58, faced a New York city judge remotely after prosecutors accused her of building a rapport with girls as young as 14 before allegedly helping Epstein to sexually exploit them.

Hoffenberg, who’s turned his life around and says he’s working with Epstein’s victims, moved in the same social circles as Maxwell, and says he’s in regular contact with her people.

After his FBI bust in 1995, Hoffenberg pleaded guilty to mail fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice, and was sentenced to 20 years – serving 18 – while Epstein escaped punishment.

Hoffenberg believes the arrest is important to President Donald Trump with just four months to the election and he’s suffering in the polls.

Trump and Epstein are known business associates – and Hoffenberg reckons that the media haven’t even scratched the surface on that story yet.

He adds: "They needed to arrest her and open up the case otherwise it would be an election issue here in America.

"Trump and Epstein are linked, there’s a lot that can be published. They [the media] don’t know the Epstein story, it’s a big mystery in America, I say this with knowledge, I’m the only eyewitness talking to the media.

"Trump is another part of the story, but we’ll see."

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