Jeffrey Epstein’s close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, is currently in a Brooklyn jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking, grooming charges and perjury. The British socialite denies all the charges as she continues to seek bail to better prepare for her next trial in November.
Ghislaine Maxwell used the cart with legal documents to “barricade herself” in the videoconference room and is no longer allowed to bring the cart into the area, her prosecutors said in a letter to US federal court in New York.
Maxwell uses the Video Conferencing Room (VTC) at the Metropolitan Detention Center where she is currently imprisoned for meetings with her Defense Council.
The letter, provided exclusively by the Daily Mail, said the woman posed a “security threat” with the cart as she had apparently barricaded the door to the room in an unspecified incident.
Prosecutors went on to say that for now, “the accused can bring any documents she can take into the room, and if she needs any other documents at a particular meeting with the lawyer, she can leave the VTC room, collect these documents by hand, then return to meet with the lawyer ”.
The letter, addressed to Judge Alison Nathan, was filed in response to ongoing complaints from Maxwell’s lawyers about the conditions of the woman’s detention. The socialite’s defense team insist that Maxwell’s ability to properly prepare for his November trial has been limited, as Epstein’s former pal is accused of treating and trafficking minors to sexual purposes, as well as lying about it in court statements years ago.
In a letter dated Aug. 18 and quoted by the Daily Mail, Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi C. Sternheim, said his ability to communicate with the client via a video call was disrupted. Sternheim also cited the socialite’s concerns that their conversations were “recorded.”
In response to prosecutors’ “barricade” accusations, Sternheim said Maxwell “never” tried to block the door with the cart.
According to Sternheim, prosecutors “simply cannot resist the opportunity to cast Ghislaine Maxwell in a negative light for free as he defends the Metropolitan Detention Center at all costs.”
No deposit for Maxwell
Maxwell’s legal team has repeatedly asked the court to release the editorial heiress on bail, citing “horrible” conditions of detention and the woman’s lack of sleep due to constant checks, “smelling” water and inedible food.
In June, Maxwell was denied bail for the fifth time despite an offer of a whopping $ 28.5 million and an earlier pledge that she would relinquish her British and French citizenship if that happened. ‘helped get out of prison. But the court again sided with prosecutors in saying Maxwell remains a serious flight risk.
Judge Alison Nathan said in the recent ruling that she “remains confident that Ms Maxwell is fully able to communicate with her defense counsel and prepare for trial.”