Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of sex-trafficking, wants to be released from solitary confinement. Her lawyers stated in court papers that she’s being held in unruly conditions following the death and pretrial detention of her former boyfriend, Jeffry Epstein.
Maxwell’s lawyers want her moved from solitary confinement to the general population at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. They also want the court to grant her access to a computer so that she can work on her defense.
According to Maxwell’s legal team, Maxwell is unfairly paying for Epstein’s suicide as she is being treated worse than other inmates in her situation. Maxwell was recently taken off suicide watch following her boyfriend’s death, but she’s still under surveillance 24 hours a day.
Additionally, her lawyers claim that prison guards wake her up every few hours, and she’s forced to wear special clothing. She also has to undergo numerous body scans, which they deem unnecessary. In a recent interview, her lawyers said that Maxwell doesn’t want special treatment.
Instead, she doesn’t want to be disfavored as she awaits her trials. And, since Maxwell’s lawyers expect to receive a voluminous discovery that can take up to 40 hours a week to review, they want the court to grant Maxwell the same amount of time to review her case while in jail.
This way, she can fully prepare and engage in her defense. In Maxwell’s court filing, her lawyers want the government to reveal the names of the victims that Maxwell is accused of helping her former boyfriend abuse.
Sex trafficking charges
Maxwell and her former boyfriend Epstein, who died of an apparent suicide, face sex trafficking charges after being accused of procuring girls as young as 14 to have sex with Epstein. Maxwell was arrested in July and is being held without bail.
Maxwell and Epstein met in the early 1990s, and they had a romantic relationship for years. However, Epstein and Maxwell constantly referred to each other as “best friends” despite close people attesting that they were together romantically. For example, some employees knew Maxwell as Epstein’s “main girlfriend” or “lady of the house.”
Before his death, Epstein was convicted for soliciting a minor for prostitution, and he served 13 months in jail. After his release, Maxwell and Epstein were no longer seen together in public.
Maxwell’s arrest was a bit challenging as the court couldn’t find her to serve her documents. She communicated through her lawyers, who also claimed they didn’t know her whereabouts. Despite her first civil case being filed in 2015, Maxwell was arrested by the FBI in 2020.
Her legal team requested her release on a $5million bond with monitored home confinement, but the court denied her bail. This is because attempts to locate her had been futile, and she was at risk of fleeing.
Maxwell’s finances are also completely opaque, and she holds passports to three countries, France, the US, and the UK, which makes her a flight risk. Although her lawyers initially argued that Maxwell was at risk of contracting the coronavirus in detention, the court still denied her bail.
Maxwell has continually denied all her charges, which include enticement of minors, perjury, and sex trafficking of children. Initially, Maxwell denied having any contact with Epstein for more than a decade, but new emails contradict these claims.
In the emails, Maxwell had asked Epstein to distance himself from her by making his relationship with a person named “Shelly” public. The emails were dated 2015, showing Maxwell had contact with Epstein. Maxwell’s lawyers were unsuccessful in their attempt to prevent the emails from being released.
The US District Court released these documents on Thursday following Maxwell’s civil case.
Maxwell’s trial is set for July 2021 and is expected to last about two weeks.