British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been denied bail for a fifth time while awaiting trial on charges for allegedly recruiting teenage girls for millionaire Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Wednesday rejecting Maxwell’s latest request. The three-judge panel that issued it did not elaborate.
The appeals court had rejected a bail request once before and her trial judge had thrice said no.
Maxwell has languished in a Brooklyn jailhouse under less than ideal conditions ever since her arrest on July 2, 2020, according to her lawyers.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was denied bail for a fifth time on Wednesday while awaiting trial on charges for allegedly recruiting teenage girls for millionaire Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. She is pictured in a court sketch from April 23
In the latest bail quest, Maxwell’s lawyers asked the appeals court to at least order the lower-court judge to conduct a hearing where evidence related to bail could be shown. The 2nd Circuit rejected that, too.
She has pleaded not guilty to charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy that allege she recruited at least four females for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell’s trial was initially set to begin next month, however the trial date was pushed back to November of this year after her lawyers requested at least three more months to prepare for trial after the COVID-19 pandemic set them back from investigating new additional sex trafficking charges brought against her in March, according to WMUR.
Epstein killed himself in a federal Manhattan lockup back in August 2019 while he awaited a sex trafficking trial.
Maxwell’s lawyers have argued she has been mistreated at a federal jail in Brooklyn, though prosecutors dispute the allegations.
David Oscar Markus, Maxwell’s appeals attorney, said in an email that his client ‘is subjected to more grueling conditions than any other inmate’ at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
He described the facility as a ‘complete disaster’ and said Maxwell can’t adequately prepare for trial in a facility where she is awakened every 15 minutes at night when guards shine a light into her cell to check on her.
Maxwell and Epstein were close associates for decades, having met back in the late 1980s
To make matters worse, her lawyers say her cell stinks of sewage and also lacks drinkable water, according to The Guardian.
‘We all know the truth – this is due to the Epstein effect. Because Epstein died on the jail’s watch, it has decided to torture Ghislaine. That’s wrong,’ Markus said.
Her lawyers have gradually increased the terms of a proposed bail package, saying Maxwell and friends and family would put up $28.5million.
They also say Maxwell, a US citizen, would agree to 24-hour armed guards, an electronic bracelet and renounce her citizenship in England and France.
The 59-year-old first met Epstein in the late 1980s when her father, Robert Maxwell, introduced the two, Epstein’s former business partner Steven Hoffenberg told The Washington Post last year.
The Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn, where Maxwell is being held and where Epstein hung himself in 2019. Maxwell’s lawyers say their client’s cell has no drinkable water and smells of raw sewage
While the exact nature of their decades-long association remains murky, the two did have a brief romantic relationship in the early 1990s and stayed close friends ever since.
However, several of Epstein’s household employees testified in a 2009 deposition that they frequently overheard him calling her his ‘main girlfriend’, who had the authority to hire, fire and supervise his staff beginning back in 1992, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Epstein’s staff members referred to her as the ‘lady of the house’ and his ‘angry assistant’, and even named one of his old companies the Ghislaine Corporation in 1995.
The two associates were also known to frequent Epstein’s private Caribbean island together on his private jet, TIME reports.
Maxwell and Epstein ceased being seen together publicly after the late millionaire, former friend to such figures as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, was convicted of soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.
Maxwell is currently awaiting trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the millionaire Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Her trial is set for November