Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite and is known for her relationship with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein who died in custody last year awaiting trial, and helping Epstein to run his pedophile ring by recruiting and grooming young women to be abused by him. Prosecutors also say that she is directly responsible for some of the abuse as well.
She was arrested on July 2 after she was found in a New Hampshire estate that she purchased under the name “Jen Marshall” with a partner posing as “Scott Marshall”. Maxwell is being charged with enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury. She pleaded not guilty.
Maxwell claims that she hasn’t been in hiding, she only wanted to avoid “intrusive” media and journalists after news broke of Epstein’s death. But authorities say that she was hiding and trying to avoid being caught. They say she had a cellphone wrapped in tin foil but that is was a “seemingly misguided effort to evade detection”. She also created a new email address and registered a new phone under the name “G. Max”. Authorities also say that at the New Hampshire estate there were former British military members to guard her and the estate that were hired by her brother.
Prosecutors say that when agents stated who they were and told her to open the door that she ran into another room in the home. The home was purchased in December for $1.07 million. When interviewed, the Real Estate Agent who sold them the home said that they introduced themselves as Scott and Jen Marshall and they both had British accents. “Scott” said he was retired from the British military and was currently writing a book, “Jen” said she was a journalist.
The arraignment was held through a video conference where Maxwell pleaded not guilty. Her defense lawyers encouraged the judge that she should be released on bail because of the “threat of COVID-19” and that she wouldn’t flee the country.
Prosecutors argue that she is a massive flight risk because she has over $20 million in the bank, money in accounts around the world, 3 passports in her name, and friends all over the globe who could help her escape and hide her. The judge denied defense attorneys’ requests for bail and they argued that she should spend her detention in a luxury Manhattan hotel instead of the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center. That proposition was denied.
There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released.Maxwell’s Prosecutors say
As a preventative measure, Maxwell must wear paper clothing on the chance she decides to take her own life. All of her bedding has been taken away and she is constantly being monitored. Prosecutors and guards are working around the clock to make sure that what happened to Epstein, doesn’t happen to Maxwell too because all of their victims deserve justice, finally.
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