Ghislaine Maxwell and her husband offer $28.5MILLION bail package that includes armed guards that will follow her 24/7, $8million in property and $5million from friends and family
- Maxwell is urging a judge to free her from a Brooklyn jail before trial
- Her huge bail package includes armed guards to protect her in New York
- Epstein’s girlfriend’s lawyers said $22.5m represents all of Maxwell and her spouse’s assets
- Her spouse was not named in court papers, but he has been widely identified as tech CEO Scott Borgerson
- Maxwell is scheduled to face a July trial on charges that she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s
Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers are urging a judge to free her from jail under a $28.5million bail package that would include armed guards to protect her 24/7 in her New York City residence as she awaits trial.
The bail arguments on behalf of Maxwell, who is accused of helping procure young girls for Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring, were filed under seal last Tuesday, but were publicly filed late Monday with redactions in Manhattan federal court that were approved by Judge Alison J Nathan.
The lawyers said Maxwell and her husband, with whom she has been living for the past four years, were offering a $22.5million personal recognizance bond secured by about $8million in property and $500,000 in cash.
They said $22.5 million represents all of Maxwell and her spouse’s assets.
The spouse was not identified in court papers, but his identity has been widely reported as tech CEO Scott Borgerson.
Borgerson pleaded for his wife’s release in a letter to the court, writing: ‘The person described in the criminal charges is not the person we know.
‘I have never witnessed anything inappropriate with Ghislaine; quite the contrary, the Ghislaine I know is a wonderful and loving person.’
Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers are urging a judge to free her to await trial under a $28.5 million bail package that would include armed guards to keep her in a New York City residence and protect her safety
‘The reporting of Ghislaine over the past year has exploded exponentially. From the time of Epstein’s arrest and death in custody in the summer of 2019 until Ghislaine’s own arrest in July of this year,’ Borgerson added.
He also described the coverage as ‘frighteningly intense’.
‘There are many examples of violence whose seeds were born in conspiracy theories and the experiences of QAnon, Pizzagate, and the recent Judge Salas attacks are terrifying.’
The identities of seven other close friends and family members who the lawyers said were willing to pledge about $5million of their own assets toward the bail package were also not revealed.
The lawyers also said she would have electronic monitoring.
Maxwell is scheduled to face a July trial on charges that she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s.
Her first attempt at bail shortly after her July arrest was rejected.
‘Ms Maxwell vehemently maintains her innocence and is committed to defending herself,’ the lawyers wrote.
‘She wants nothing more than to remain in this country to fight the allegations against her, which are based on the uncorroborated testimony of a handful of witnesses about events that took place over 25 years ago.’
To support the bail request, the lawyers included a letter from Maxwell’s spouse.
They said the letter tells how Ms. Maxwell was forced to leave her family and drop out of public view, not because she was eluding law enforcement, but because of ‘the intense media frenzy and threats following the arrest and death of Jeffrey Epstein.’
Epstein killed himself in a federal Manhattan lockup in August 2019 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.
A spokesperson for prosecutors declined to comment.
Maxwell is scheduled to face a July trial on charges that she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s. Her first attempt at bail shortly after her July arrest was rejected.