Ghislaine Maxwell alleged victim to say she must remain in jail

One of Ghislaine’s Maxwell victims to come virtually face-to-face with her at today’s first court appearance to demand Jaffrey Epstein’s alleged chief recruiter is denied bail

  • Alleged chief recruiter for Jeffrey Epstein has made home confinement request
  • Maxwell is in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
  • At least one of her alleged victims is expected to speak at bail hearing Tuesday to say she should be detained 

One of Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged victims is set to ask that she be forced to remain in jail at a video bail hearing today.

The alleged chief recruiter for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has made a home confinement request in the hope she will be released.

Maxwell is in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and is reportedly being moved from cell to cell to minimise the risk to her life. 

But at least one of her alleged victims is expected to speak at Tuesday’s hearing to ask that she be kept in jail, according to prosecutors.  

One of Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged victims is set to ask that she be forced to remain in jail at a video bail hearing today 

She is one of several victims who have made clear they want Maxwell remanded in custody. 

The victims said in a 19-page document filed by prosecutors on Monday they were ‘directly abused as a result of Ghislaine Maxwell’s actions.’ 

Federal prosecutors have already urged the judge to detain Maxwell on the basis she is ‘skilled at living in hiding’ after it emerged she refused to open the front door to the FBI when they raided her $1million home at the start of the month. 

Prosecutors wrote on Monday: ‘There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released.’

Maxwell, 58, had offered a $5million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and backed up by more than $3.75million in property in the UK.

She would be confined to a home in the New York area, surrender all her travel documents and be subject to GPS monitoring. 

But prosecutors argued nothing would ensure that somebody with three passports, including for France which has no extradition treaty with the UK, would suffice.   

The prosecutors’ document states: ‘While that conduct did take place a number of years ago, it is unsurprising that the victims have been unable to forget the defendant’s predatory conduct after all this time, as traumatic childhood experiences often leave indelible marks.

‘The recollections of the victims bear striking resemblances that corroborate each other and provide compelling proof of the defendant’s active participation in a disturbing scheme to groom and sexually abuse minor girls’.

It comes after prosecutors claimed Maxwell refused to open the front door to the FBI when they raided her hideaway – named ‘Tucked Away’ – in New Hampshire. 

She instead fled to another room in the house and was seen ‘quickly shutting a door behind her.’  

The FBI smashed down the door and discovered a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil which prosecutors called a ‘seemingly misguided effort to evade detection’ by law enforcement.

New York prosecutors said this was evidence that Maxwell was ‘skilled at living in hiding’ and should be denied bail. 

Maxwell is currently in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured) 

It comes after prosecutors claimed Maxwell refused to open the front door to the FBI when they raided her hideaway – named ‘Tucked Away’ – in New Hampshire 

In the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center, Maxwell is wearing paper clothes to ensure she doesn’t kill herself.

Epstein hanged himself last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges and the Department of Justice wants to ensure she does not do the same.

Maxwell is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend as well as his procurer. 

Prosecutors said that her conduct during the 8:30am raid on July 2 at the property in the rural town of Bradford was ‘troubling’.

They wrote that when the FBI arrived they were confronted by a locked gate which they forced their way through.

The filing said: ‘As the agents approached the front door to the main house, they announced themselves as FBI agents and directed the defendant to open the door.

‘Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her. 

‘Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door in order to enter the house to arrest the defendant, who was found in an interior room in the house.

‘Moreover, as the agents conducted a security sweep of the house, they also noticed a cell phone wrapped in tin foil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone or intercept her communications, but by law enforcement’.

New York prosecutors said in a filing Monday this was evidence that Maxwell was ‘skilled at living in hiding’ and should be denied bail

After Maxwell, the daughter of late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, was arrested the FBI spoke to a security guard who worked on the property who said that her brother had hired him from a company staffed with former British military soldiers. 

THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MAXWELL

THE CHARGES

  • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
  • Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
  • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
  • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
  • X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)

THE ‘FACTS’ 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel. 

The filing states: ‘The guard informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property during his time working there, and that instead, the guard was sent to make purchases for the property using the credit card. As these facts make plain, there should be no question that the defendant is skilled at living in hiding’.

In their filings to the court ,Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that she is at increased risk of catching the coronavirus while in prison.

They claim that the restrictions on access to her lawyers caused by the pandemic would mean it was impossible for her to get a fair trial.

The prosecutors said that in fact the prison had made substantial efforts to accommodate her and keep her safe.

In a 19-page document prosecutors from the Southern District of New York dismissed her offer of a $5million bail package backed up by $3.75million in UK properties as ‘little more than an unsecured bond’.

It was not enough that she be subjected to 24 hour monitoring and remain under house arrest because she has ‘not only the motive to flee, but the means to do so swiftly and effectively’. 

The case against her is ‘strong’ and multiple victims have provided ‘detailed, credible evidence of the defendant’s criminal conduct’ – with more women coming forward in the past week. 

The document states: ‘While that conduct did take place a number of years ago, it is unsurprising that the victims have been unable to forget the defendant’s predatory conduct after all this time, as traumatic childhood experiences often leave indelible marks.

‘The recollections of the victims bear striking resemblances that corroborate each other and provide compelling proof of the defendant’s active participation in a disturbing scheme to groom and sexually abuse minor girls’.

The prosecutors said that it was ‘curious’ that Maxwell claimed to have access to millions of dollars had not offered ‘a single dime’ as collateral for her bond.

They claimed that Maxwell’s finances were ‘completely opaque’ and she had not even indicated which properties she would use for her bond.

Some of the co-signers are ‘themselves so wealthy that it would be no financial burden whatsoever’ if they lost their $5million by Maxwell skipping bail, the document states.  

Maxwell was romantically involved with Jeffrey Epstein from around 1992, but then became his ‘right-hand woman’, managing his property empire and, it is alleged, his trafficking of minors

Her bail request (pictured) was filed in the US District Court in Manhattan and claims she was not ‘hiding’ from authorities, is not a flight risk and is at risk of contracting COVID-19 if she continues to be held in the Brooklyn jail 

The document states that in recent years Maxwell has been associated with a Swiss bank account and multiple accounts with at least one bank based in England.

In 2018 and 2019 filings by Maxwell with the US government said the English bank account had ‘well over’ $2million in it.

The Swiss bank account revealed that Maxwell was a trustee of a family trust with a balance of more than $4million, as of last month.

One transfer from last year in this account was of more than $750,000 and Maxwell paid $1million in cash for her property in New Hampshire last December.

Despite this, Maxwell told court officers she had less than $1million in bank accounts which the prosecutors said should cause the court ‘serious pause’.

The prosecutors wrote: ‘To the extent the defendant now refuses to account for her ownership of or access to vast wealth, it is not because it does not exist – it is because she is attempting to hide it’.

In the document they said that Maxwell faces the ‘reality of serious charges’ and the ‘real prospect of spending many years in prison’ – up to 35 years by their count.

The prosecutors wrote: ‘The defendant has spent the last two decades without facing consequences for her criminal actions.

‘For years before her arrest in this case, the defendant likely believed she had gotten away with her crimes. That illusion has now been shattered, and she has a host of new reasons to use her considerable resources to flee.

‘Moreover, the defendant’s willingness to brazenly lie under oath about her conduct, including some of the conduct charged in the Indictment, strongly suggests her true motive has been and remains to avoid being held accountable for her crimes’.

According to reports she had moved 36 times in the year since Epstein killed himself in jail out of fear for her safety.

The FBI have said they were quietly keeping tabs on her and smashed in her door during an 8.30am raid.

In her filing last Friday, Maxwell’s lawyers Mark Cohen and Jeff Pagliuca wrote that Maxwell ‘vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence’.

They claimed that after Epstein’s death last August ‘the media focus quickly shifted to our client – wrongly trying to substitute her for Epstein – even though she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or been found liable in any civil litigation, and has always denied any allegations of claimed misconduct.’

They wrote that it was ‘open season’ on Maxwell and she had received death threats which led her to hire security guards.

Maxwell’s lawyers also revealed that her family is standing by her and that she remains close to her nephews and nieces.

Epstein’s victims have long demanded Maxwell’s arrest and lawyers for them say that a slew of new accusers have come forward since she was apprehended.

Prosecutors will likely be looking to do a plea deal with Maxwell to lighten some of the six charges against her, two of which are perjury for allegedly lying during depositions.

They will be questioning her about powerful men in Epstein’s orbit including Bill Clinton with whom she flew on Epstein’s private jet, called the ‘Lolita Express’, on a tour of Africa in 2002.

Maxwell was also good friends with Prince Andrew and one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, claims she was loaned out to the Duke three times for sex when she was 17. 

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