Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the FBI front door when they raided her $ 1 million home and fled to another room in the house, prosecutors said today.
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged chief recruiter fled to another room and was seen “quickly closing a door behind her”.
The FBI broke down the door and discovered a cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil which prosecutors called law enforcement “an apparently mistaken effort to escape detection”.
Prosecutors in New York have said this proves that Maxwell is “clever to go underground” and should be denied bail.
Maxwell, 58, will appear in court Tuesday where a judge will decide whether she can be released.
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the FBI front door and tried to escape to another room when they raided her home for a million dollars, prosecutors announced today.
The FBI smashed the door and discovered a cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil which prosecutors called a “seemingly wrong effort to escape detection”
Currently, she is being held at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, like a fortress, where she wears paper clothes to make sure that she does not kill herself.
Epstein hanged herself last August while awaiting trial for sex trafficking, and the Justice Department wants to make sure she doesn’t do the same.
Maxwell is accused of having treated girls from the age of 14 whom Epstein abused between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend.
Prosecutors in the southern district of New York presented their case against Maxwell’s bail in a 19-page document filed Monday.
Maxwell had offered a $ 5 million bond co-signed by two of his sisters and saved more than $ 3.75 million in UK properties.
She would be confined to a house in the New York area, hand over all her travel documents and be subjected to GPS surveillance.
But prosecutors have argued that there is no guarantee that someone with three passports, including for France who does not have an extradition treaty with the United Kingdom, will suffice.
They said his conduct during the 8:30 am raid on July 2 on the property called “Tuckedaway” in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire, was “disturbing”.
They wrote that when the FBI arrived, they were faced with a locked door which they forced to pass through.
The record said, “As the officers approached the front door of the main house, they introduced themselves as FBI agents and ordered the accused to open the door.
“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 it. The officers were finally forced to force the door to enter the house and arrest the accused, who was found in an interior room of the house.
“In addition, while officers were conducting a security scan of the home, they also noticed a cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil on top of a desk, a seemingly mistaken effort to escape detection, not by the press or the public, which, of course, would have no way of finding his phone or intercepting his communications, but by the police. ”
After Maxwell, the daughter of late newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, was arrested, the FBI spoke to a security guard who worked on the property, who said that his brother hired him into a company made up of elders British military.
The record says, “The caretaker informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property during his working time there, and that instead, the caretaker was sent to make purchases for the property using the credit card. As these facts clearly show, there is no doubt that the defendant is able to live in hiding. ”
In their court statements, Maxwell’s lawyers argued that she was at increased risk of catching the coronavirus in prison.
Maxwell had a romantic relationship with Jeffrey Epstein around 1992, but then became his “right-hand wife,” managing his real estate empire and, according to some allegations, his trafficking in minors.
They claim that the restrictions on access to his lawyers caused by the pandemic would mean that he was unable to obtain a fair trial.
Prosecutors said that in fact, the prison has made considerable efforts to accommodate and keep her safe.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in his million dollar house called “Tuckedaway” in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire.
Reportedly, she has moved 36 times a year since Epstein committed suicide in prison for fear of her safety.
The FBI said they were quietly keeping an eye on her and smashed her door during a raid at 8:30 a.m.
Maxwell’s lawyers, Mark Cohen and Jeff Pagliuca, wrote last Friday that Maxwell “vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them and is entitled to the presumption of innocence”.
They claimed that after Epstein’s death last August ‘media attention quickly shifted to our client – mistakenly trying to replace her with Epstein – even though she had had no contact with Epstein since more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or was found responsible in civil litigation and has always denied any allegations of alleged misconduct. “
They wrote that it was “open season” on Maxwell and that she had received death threats which led her to hire security guards.
Maxwell’s lawyers also revealed that her family supported her and that she remained close to her nephews and nieces.
Her bail application (photo) has been filed with the US District Court for Manhattan and claims that she was not “hiding” from the authorities, is not a risk of absconding and may contract COVID- 19 if she continues to be detained in Brooklyn prison
Maxwell’s 58-year-old attorneys pleaded for his release on Friday because Epstein’s former girlfriend and close associate “vigorously denies” all of the charges against her (bail motion above)
Maxwell is currently detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (photo)
Victims of Epstein have long called for Maxwell’s arrest and lawyers say a multitude of new accusers have come forward since his arrest.
Prosecutors are likely to seek an agreement with Maxwell to ease some of the six charges against her, two of which are perjury for allegedly lying during the depositions.
They will question her about powerful men in Epstein’s orbit, including Bill Clinton with whom she flew on Epstein’s private jet, called the “Lolita Express”, during a tour of Africa in 2002.
Maxwell was also a good friend of Prince Andrew, and one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, says she was loaned to the Duke three times for sex at the age of 17.
Maxwell is currently detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors called Maxwell – an American, British and French passport holder – “an extreme risk of absconding” who is expected to remain in detention until trial.
In a court document arguing against bail, they said she had at least 15 bank accounts she owned or was associated with in the past four years alone.
Maxwell’s request also claims that she risks getting a coronavirus if she continues to be held behind bars in her Brooklyn prison.
He says his health will be at risk, indicating 68,000 cases of COVID-19 infections among the US prison population in the past month.
The file also claims that she will not be able to benefit from a fair trial and properly prepare her defense due to the restrictions imposed on lawyer visits and telephone calls during a pandemic.
The bail conditions advanced by the Maxwell team indicate that the bond would be co-signed by “six people financially responsible … [with] close ties to Mrs Maxwell ‘and will be secured against property in the UK.
It is not yet clear who the six people other than “brothers and sisters, relatives and friends”, two of whom are her sisters, continue to “support” and “disbelieve the allegations against her”.
The record indicates that she would not leave New York, hand over all travel documents and be subject to home isolation on New York property, where she would wear a GPS tracker and be visited only by immediate family, close friends and a lawyer.