Former partner of convicted pedophile member Jeffrey Epstein was guarded at his home by former members of the British army when he was arrested on July 2, according to New York court documents.
Ms. Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison for allegations that she recruited adolescent girls for Epstein for sexual abuse in the 1990s.
The lawyers said that the 58-year-old socialite is an “extraordinary” flight risk because she has British, French and American passports and is “able to live in hiding”.
Revealing details of her arrest in the New Hampshire estate she bought in December, prosecutors said that FBI agents told Maxwell to open the door, but she refused.
“Through a window, the officers saw the accused ignore management to open the door and instead try to flee to another room in the house, quickly closing a door behind her,” they said. .
The officers were forced through the door to arrest Maxwell.
During a home security scan, officers found a cellphone wrapped in aluminum foil on a desk, which they said was “an apparently wrong effort to escape detection, not by the press or the media.” public, who of course would not be able to find his phone or intercept his communications, but by the police. ”
The only other person on the property at the time of Maxwell’s arrest was a private security agent who told the FBI Maxwell that “the brother had hired a security company made up of former members of the British military to guard the ‘accused’ in the rotating house, the court said.
It also emerged that at least one, and possibly more, of Epstein’s victims will tell a judge at a hearing on Tuesday that Ms. Maxwell should be denied bail.
Her lawyers will argue that she should be released on $ 5 million (£ 3.9 million) bail under electronic surveillance, as they said she would become a scapegoat after Epstein committed suicide in prison in last August.
Prosecutors allege that Maxwell played a central role in facilitating the crimes of Epstein and that she contributed to “sexual exploitation which has caused deep and lasting damage to vulnerable victims”.
Maxwell said last week that she “vigorously denies the charges” and intends to fight them, her lawyers also argue that she is protected by a 2007 Miami Epstein plea bargain that covered “All possible accomplices”.