His lawyers have argued that Ghislaine Maxwell should be released on $ 5 million (£ 4 million) bail pending trial for juvenile sex workers for the risk of contracting a coronavirus in prison.
The British socialite was arrested on July 2 and charged with helping the pedophile convicted of child abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.
In documents submitted to the New York court, her lawyers said she “vigorously” denies the charges.
She risks up to 35 years if found guilty.
Prosecutors allege that between 1994 and 1997, Ms. Maxwell helped Epstein prepare girls from the age of 14. Epstein died in prison on August 10 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. His death was considered suicide.
- Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
- Jeffrey Epstein: financier accused of sex trafficking
Ms. Maxwell’s defense team said that her detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, put her “in serious danger” of contracting a coronavirus.
They said that she did not pose a risk of absconding and asked the judge to release her from police custody with a bond of 5 million dollars (4 million pounds sterling), signed by six of her associates and secured. by 3.75 million dollars (3 million pounds sterling) on a property in the United Kingdom.
Under the proposed bail conditions, Ms. Maxwell, 58, would hand over her passports from the United States, the United Kingdom, and France and would limit herself to property in New York with electronic GPS monitoring.
His lawyers argue that Ms. Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein and that she had not been in contact with him for more than a decade before his death.
US federal prosecutors have said that she poses an “extreme risk of absconding” and should remain in detention, as her wealth, multiple passports and the length of her potential sentence mean that she may flee.
A federal judge in Manhattan will decide on Tuesday whether or not to post bail.
What are the details of the fees?
Four of the charges against Ms. Maxwell relate to the years 1994-1997 when she was, according to the indictment, among the associates closest to Epstein and also in an “intimate relationship” with him. The other two charges are allegations of perjury in 2016.
The indictment states that Ms. Maxwell “assisted, facilitated and contributed to the abuse of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein by helping, among other things, Epstein to recruit, care for and ultimately abuse less known victims of Maxwell and Epstein 18 years old ”.
More specifically, she is accused of:
- Conspiracy to induce minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts
- Inciting a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts
- Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- Transport a minor with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ms. Maxwell is the daughter of the late British media magnate Robert Maxwell.
A well-connected socialist, she reportedly introduced Epstein to several of his wealthy and powerful friends, including Bill Clinton and the Duke of York (accused in 2015 court documents of touching a woman at Jeffrey Epstein’s American home, although the court subsequently quashed the allegations against the Duke).
The Buckingham Palace declared that “any suggestion of irregularity with minors” by the duke was “categorically false”.
Ms. Maxwell has been largely out of public view since 2016 and was arrested at her home in Bradford, New Hampshire, on July 2.