Ghislaine Maxwell was placed on suicide watch to prevent her from taking her own life in the wake of charges she lured at least three underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein, an official told The Associated Press.

An official told the AP Maxell's clothing and sheets were removed. She was given her paper attire to wear while in federal custody. Maxwell has also been confined to a cell with a roommate and is being continuously monitored, the official said.

The safety precautions are in sharp contrast to the measures taken when Epstein was arrested. He committed suicide while being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan last summer.

The death of Epstein, who was arrested on sex trafficking charges, was the subject of conspiracy theories and led to changes in leadership and staff at the federal lockup. Attorney General William Barr said Epstein’s death was the “perfect storm of screw ups.”

Maxwell, who was arrested in New Hampshire last week, was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

The safety protocols for Maxwell were ordered by the Justice Department to ensure Maxwell doesn’t harm herself or have another inmate harm her, the AP said.

Maxwell, who was the long-time confidant of Epstein and his former girlfriend, has been accused of sexually abusing girls and facilitating Epstein’s crimes against minors.

The victims in the investigation have claimed Maxwell was the key recruiter and groomed young girls for abuse by Epstein. Maxwell has denied the allegations, calling them “absolute rubbish.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in 2003, could face life in prison if found guilty on charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein's sex crimes. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Laura Cavanaugh