Ghislaine Maxwell’s complaint about prison treatment rejected by prosecutors | American News

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US prosecutors have rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s claim that she is treated “worse” than other inmates at Brooklyn Federal Prison where she is being held.

Maxwell, a close friend of late financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is behind bars awaiting trial for conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in unlawful sex acts.

The 58-year-old British socialite was arrested last month when FBI agents raided a property in New Hampshire.

In a letter to a U.S. District Judge earlier this week, Maxwell’s attorneys objected to her being placed on “particularly onerous” terms, including 24-hour surveillance and extensive body scans. , and said she should be treated like other remand prisoners.

They called his treatment in prison a “reaction” to Epstein’s imprisonment and death.

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Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein dated for a while, reports show

However, prosecutors said Maxwell was in isolation for reasons of “the safety, security and proper functioning of the institution”, and that it was appropriate to closely monitor new detainees facing a “high probability” of. many years in prison.

Maxwell’s lawyers have also argued that they could not properly investigate the charges against her because prosecutors will not tell them the identities of three accusers named in Maxwell’s indictment.

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But prosecutors said it was “premature at best” to demand that they disclose the identities of the three alleged victims.

They added that they had acted “quickly” in returning the documents, and prison officials had agreed to give Maxwell 13 hours a day to review the documents for his trial scheduled for July 2021, instead of the normal three hours. .

Maxwell’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and possibly abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying his involvement under oath.

She was denied bail in July after prosecutors argued she was at high risk of fleeing because the evidence against her was strong and she had access to millions of dollars.

Maxwell also has worldwide connections as well as citizenship in the United States, United Kingdom, and France.

Epstein, 66, was found hanged last August in a Manhattan jail, awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking.

According to reports, the couple dated for a while, but the relationship then turned into something akin to a close friendship.

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