Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged accomplice of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was refused by a New York court a request for release on bail made by his lawyers, according to American media.
The British Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged accomplice of the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein saw a request for release on bail made by her lawyers rejected by a court in New York on December 28, 2020, according to American media.
The 59-year-old woman, detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn in New York since July 2, 2020, the day of her arrest in New Hampshire after months on the run, continues to present in the eyes of American justice “a risk of flight extreme, ”said Alison J. Nathan, Manhattan federal judge on December 28.
The request for release included the payment of bail in a deal totaling $ 28.5 million and provided for the confinement of Ghislaine Maxwell with electronic surveillance.
The daughter of British press boss Robert Maxwell has said she wants to stay in New York if she were to be released on bail and her lawyers denounced her conditions of incarceration, such as the invasive searches and the fact that she was , according to them, woken up every fifteen minutes by guards equipped with flashlights, to make sure that she is still breathing, reported Reuters.
Risk of Ghislaine Maxwell’s escape to France or the United Kingdom, according to prosecutors
To support the request for release, his lawyers also insisted on the close ties of their client with the United States, where she has lived since 1991, by evoking in particular her husband, married in 2016. This one had besides defended his wife by assuring in a letter to the court, quoted by American television ABC News, that he “never witnessed anything with Ghislaine which resembles inappropriate conduct”.
The American justice, however, was not convinced by the arguments of the lawyers and rejected the request for release. Prosecutors have raised the possibility that Ghislaine Maxwell could flee to France or the United Kingdom, with the risk of escaping extradition, reports Reuters. Note that the alleged accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, born in Maisons-Laffitte, in the Yvelines, has British citizenship.
The federal judge therefore declared that “the court concludes […] that no condition for release can reasonably ensure the presence of the accused in future proceedings ”.
Ghislaine Maxwell has not made any statement since her arrest, except to plead not guilty, which currently deprives the American authorities of a testimony which could possibly implicate other individuals, in addition to Jeffrey Epstein .
Described as very close to the American businessman, Ghislaine Maxwell would have, according to several victims, acted as a go-between, by recruiting young girls, some of them minors, to have sex with him .
She regularly took pictures of young women with “topless”, according to a testimony
Indicted in particular of trafficking in minors, incitement to prostitution over a period extending from 1994 to 1997 and false testimony, the 59-year-old Briton was also, according to the testimony of John Alessi, a former butler at Jeffrey’s mansion Epstein in Florida, “very hungry for photographs”.
In documents released on November 21, 2020, John Alessi revealed that Ghislaine Maxwell regularly takes photos of scantily clad girls with a “special camera.”
Still according to the former employee, most of the images were taken by the pool, while the young women were “topless”. The photographs were then kept in an album that the Briton kept on her desk, explained John Alessi.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial is scheduled to begin on July 12, 2021. The alleged accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, if she were to be found guilty of all six charges against her, would risk life imprisonment, according to Agence France Presse.