Ghislaine Maxwell was isolated in jail for her safety: prosecutors

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2020

A federal judge on August 12 declined a request by Ghislaine Maxwell to delay the unsealing of potentially explosive additional court documents related to her dealings with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell's lawyers noted that Epstein is alleged to have abused dozens, if not hundreds, of girls and women so it would be hard to guess which women were working with prosecutors. She was arrested in New Hampshire over a month ago on charges that she facilitated and aided Epstein by recruiting, grooming, and sexually exploiting minor girls.

The reaction of U.S. prison officials to Jeffrey Epstein's suicide past year is to blame for the onerous conditions a British socialite faces in jail while awaiting trial on charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to abuse a quarter-century ago, her lawyers say.

But in a two-page order, US District Judge Loretta Preskain Manhattan said she had no reasonable basis to order a delay, because a protective order in the criminal case meant the new information could not be disclosed.

(L) Ghislaine Maxwell attends a symposium in New York City in a 2013 file photograph. (Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images) (R) Jeffrey Epstein in a 2013 mugshot in Florida. Maxwell's criminal trial is scheduled for next July.

Epstein's former girlfriend is now on remand in NY accused of a string of sex crimes against young girls including Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, who has claimed she was trafficked to London in 2001 where she was forced to sleep with the Duke.

Maxwell is separately asking a federal appeals court to block the release from a separate lawsuit of a 2016 deposition about her sex life, saying publicity could make getting a fair trial impossible.

In a strongly worded statement his lawyers said while the US Department of Justice had been investigating Mr Epstein for 16-years, the first time it had requested the Duke's help was on January 2 this year.

That court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on September 22.

Although her initial jail conditions were even stricter, as she was put on suicide watch following her long-sought arrest in early July, she remains in solitary confinement, in "uniquely onerous conditions", the layers claim.

It goes on to state that the guards take note "on her every activity, including her phone conversations with defence counsel", while NY law protects against any disclosure of "confidential communication" between an attorney and their client.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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