Ghislaine Maxwell was denied bail for the third time after a judge said there was “considerable doubt as to her willingness” to obey all conditions of release.
Judge Alison Nathan wrote that she had “great concern” about the frankness of the British socialite despite public relations pressure from her family to get her out.
Justice Nathan said that Maxwell’s “history and characteristics” support the conclusion that she “poses a risk of absconding.”
In a 12-page decision, she said no combination of bail conditions could guarantee Maxwell will appear in court on allegations that she was Jeffrey Epstein’s chief recruiter.
The decision will be overwhelming for Maxwell, 59, who now appears set to stay in jail until his trial in July.
Ghislaine Maxwell was denied bail for the third time after a judge said there was “considerable doubt as to her willingness” to obey all conditions of release. Pictured: Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein in 2005. She is accused of procuring underage girls for the pedophile
Ghislaine Maxwell was denied bail for the third time after a judge said there was “considerable doubt as to her willingness” to obey all conditions of release. Pictured: A court sketch shows Maxwell at his arraignment hearing on July 14, 2020
She filed dozens of documents for her third bail attempt and offered to renounce her British and French citizenship.
She also offered to put all the money and assets she owns in an account overseen by an asset manager.
Judge Alison Nathan wrote that she was “seriously concerned” about the frankness of the British socialite despite press pressure from her family to get her out.
On the issue of Maxwell’s renunciation of citizenship, Justice Nathan wrote: “The considerable uncertainty regarding the enforceability and practical impact of waivers blurs any relevance they might otherwise have for the Court’s assessment of whether the defendant presents a risk of absconding.
Maxwell’s brother Ian has conducted a series of media interviews decrying her conditions in Brooklyn, New York prison where she is believed to be losing her hair due to poor nutrition.
In the decision, Judge Nathan, who sits in New York City Federal Court, said despite Maxwell’s numerous pleadings, nothing had changed her mind since she dismissed her second bail application. .
Justice Nathan wrote: “The new bail program does not disturb the court’s conclusion that the government has borne its burden of showing that these conditions are insufficient to mitigate the risk of absconding, and the court determines to new that no set of conditions can reasonably assure its future. appearance’.
Judge Nathan’s harshest criticisms were of Maxwell’s alleged lies to the Pre-Trial Services about the size of his assets.
In Maxwell’s third bail application, his lawyers suggested that she renounce her British and French citizenship “immediately” as soon as she could to prevent him from fleeing the United States. Maxwell is pictured with Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is pictured with Prince Andrew and accuser Virginia Roberts in her London home. Roberts filed a criminal complaint claiming she had underage sex with Prince Andrew and pedophile Epstein
Her first bail package, she claimed her only assets were a few million dollars, but her second bail application included $ 28.5 million in assets.
Justice Nathan wrote: “The presumption in favor of detention, the weight of the evidence, and the history and characteristics of the accused all continue to support this conclusion. The conditions proposed by the defendant do not modify the court’s decision ”.
The judge said that even without his passport, Maxwell “continues to have important international ties, family and personal connections abroad, substantial financial resources and a bypass experience.”
She wrote: “The court’s concerns about the defendant’s lack of candor regarding her property upon her first arrest also remained the same.
“As the Court pointed out in its rejection of the second bail application, the discrepancies between the information presented to the Court and the pre-trial services in July 2020 and the information presented to the Court in December 2020 raised significant concerns about the franchise ”.
The decision added that “there remains considerable doubt as to the respondent’s willingness to comply with any set of release conditions.”
In Maxwell’s third bail application, his lawyers proposed to renounce his British and French citizenship “immediately” as soon as possible to prevent him from fleeing the United States.
Maxwell, has been in jail since his July 2 arrest in Bradford, New Hampshire, at his million dollar country home. Pictured: U.S. Southern District attorney Audrey Strauss announces charges against Maxwell at a press conference
But Judge Nathan said the extradition law was unclear and that didn’t ensure Maxwell wouldn’t be able to flee.
Maxwell’s lawyers had offered to put all the assets she and her husband Scott Borgerson owned in a new account that would be overseen by an asset manager.
The account is said to contain all of the couple’s cash and liquid assets and everything related to the “pending sale” of their $ 2million house in London.
The only funds in the account would be money held in receivership for the lawyers – her previous disclosures indicated she had $ 7.6 million in legal benefits – and $ 450,000 for Mr. Borgerson.
Justice Nathan said the amounts left under Maxwell’s control “are still a substantial amount that could easily facilitate theft.”
Maxwell, has been in jail since his July 2 arrest in Bradford, New Hampshire, at his million dollar country home.
She is accused of instigating 14-year-old girls in Epstein to abuse and in some cases participate in such abuse.
Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, has also perjured herself in a civil case.
She denies all the allegations.