Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty in Epstein-related sex abuse case

Alonzo Simpson
July 14, 2020

That's the bail amount her defense lawyers recommended on Friday, when they called for Maxwell's release.

Newly-released court documents are giving more information into what happened when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Ghislaine Maxwell at her New Hampshire mansion, with investigators saying she fled to another room to try to hide.

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell ignored the orders of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during her arrest on sex-trafficking charges, prosecutors said as they urged a United States judge to deny her bail request.

Attorneys for the Southern District of NY said in a court filing that agents had to breach the front door of the 58-year-old's home to detain her on 2 July.

Prosecutors also challenged Ms Maxwell's bail proposal to have six individuals co-sign a $5 million Dollars bond, which would be secured in part by a $3.75 Dollars million property in the United Kingdom.

A well-connected socialite, she is said to have introduced Epstein to many of her wealthy and powerful friends, including Bill Clinton and the Duke of York (who was accused in the 2015 court papers of touching a woman at Jeffrey Epstein's USA home, although the court subsequently struck out allegations against the duke).

Epstein died in prison on 10 August as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges. They say Maxwell has three passports, millions in several foreign bank accounts, and is a flight risk.

Maxwell is now facing charges for helping groom underage girls for sex trafficking between 1994 and 1997 and for perjury allegations in 2016. After the Federal Bureau of Investigation breached the door they found Ms Maxwell inside and arrested her.

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Maxwell's lawyers have argued that since Epstein's death, the media have tried to "substitute her for Epstein" and that she had no contact with the deceased billionaire for over a decade.

The court papers highlighted some of the events during Maxwell's July 2 arrest at her $1 million New Hampshire home.

"As these facts make plain, there should be no question that the defendant is skilled at living in hiding", the court filing says. They said she should be freed on $5 million bail with electronic monitoring.

They also revealed that two of three women who alleged they were recruited by Maxwell to be sexually abused by Epstein had never spoken to law enforcement authorities until previous year.

The prosecution wasted no time in attempting to get her request denied by Judge Alison J. Nathan claiming that Ghislaine Maxwell is "an extreme flight risk" and has the means to flee her trial date upon its arrival.

Maxwell is now being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn.

Jaimie Nawaday, a former prosecutor in the SDNY, told the New York Post that under normal circumstances her jetsetter background might have been enough to keep her in jail, but the coronavirus outbreak has upended typical bail agreements.

'The government's need to intervene is further fueled by Maxwell's inappropriate use of the Virgin Islands courts to seek payment and reimbursement from the Epstein criminal enterprise, while she circumvents the service of process of government subpoenas related to her involvement in that criminal enterprise, ' the filing obtained by Bloomberg News states.

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