Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, will remain behind bars until trial after she was denied bail Tuesday as a risk to flee rather than face charges she recruited girls for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago.
Ghislaine Maxwell Denied Bail
Two Epstein accusers implored the judge to keep the British socialite detained after she pleaded not guilty to the charges during a video court hearing in Manhattan.
U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan said even the most restrictive form of release would be insufficient to ensure Maxwell would not flee, particularly now that she knows a conviction could result in up to 35 years in prison.
As the judge explained her reasoning for denying bail, Maxwell dropped her head repeatedly, appearing dejected. At one point, she appeared to wipe a tear from underneath one eye as she sat alone in a room at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she has been housed since last week.
Maxwell, 58, has been held without bail since her July 2 capture at her million-dollar New Hampshire estate, where prosecutors state she refused to unlock for FBI agents, who broke through to discover her in an indoor room. Her legal representative, Mark S. Cohen, told the judge that Maxwell was in her pyjamas as well as had adhered to security protocol calling for her to retreat to her room if any disruption occurred outside.
The judge denied Cohen’s insurance claim that Maxwell was hiding from the public and also the media after obtaining risks instead of private investigators when she purchased a $1 million mansion late in 2015.
Assistant UNITED STATE Attorney Alison Moe stated Maxwell posed as a reporter, “Jen Marshall,” when she bought the New Hampshire estate.
” She has the capacity to live off the grid forever,” Moe stated, mentioning Maxwell’s wealth as well as extensive global ties, in addition to citizenship in the UNITED STATE, the UK and France.
She claimed Maxwell was vague concerning her funds after her apprehension since “she can not bear in mind off the top of her head the number of millions of dollars she has.”
As well as she turned down Cohen’s contention that prosecutors were taking part in “spin” by twisting truths to represent his client in the worst light.
” It is not dirt. It is not spin,” Moe said. Prosecutors, she said, prepared to hold Maxwell responsible for “chilling conduct” when Maxwell recruited a minimum of 3 girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse anywhere between 1994 and 1997.
As part of the federal government’s presentation, Moe reviewed out loud a statement by one female accuser while another, Annie Farmer, by phone prompted the court to detain Maxwell. Annie Farmer stated Maxwell was a “sexual predator who brushed and also abused me.” She said Maxwell “lied under oath and also tortured her survivors.”
An indictment alleged that Maxwell groomed the victims to sustain sexual assault and was in some cases there when Epstein abused them. It likewise alleged she lied throughout a 2016 deposition in a civil situation.
Epstein killed himself in August 2019, several weeks after he was likewise encountered by two accusers, consisting of Farmer, at a bail hearing. They insisted he stays in jail while awaiting sex trafficking charges that alleged he abused girls at his Manhattan as well as Florida estates in the very early 2000s.
In court papers, Maxwell’s legal representatives argued that Epstein’s death left the media “incorrectly trying to substitute her for Epstein– even though she ‘d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had actually never been charged with a criminal offence or been located accountable in any kind of civil litigation, and also has always denied any type of claims of claimed misbehaviour.”
Maxwell’s legal representatives pushed to have her released on $5 million bail. They claimed she “vigorously denies the costs, means to combat them, and also is qualified to the anticipation of innocence.”
The judge set a trial date for July 2021.
Later on, some accusers commended the decision to maintain Maxwell jailed.
In a statement, Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed she was “delighted.”.
” Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey Epstein would not have actually had the ability to fulfil his sick needs,” Giuffre said. “Ghislaine exploited me when I was a young child. As with every other of her as well as Jeffrey Epstein’s targets, I will certainly need to cope with what she did to me for the rest of my life. The remainder of her life ought to be invested behind bars.”.
Jennifer Araoz, who states Epstein raped her when she was 15, said in a declaration that she was “once more able to take another breath as Ghislaine Maxwell will be in jail until at least her trial day following July.”.
She added: “Understanding that she is incarcerated for the foreseeable future allows me, and my fellow survivors, to have faith that we are on the best course.”.