The Jeffrey Epstein story has been a wild one to say the least. Ghislaine Maxwell, one of the closest people to Epstein, has recently been taken into custody. What happens with Maxwell over the next year will definitely be something to watch.
On Tuesday, Maxwell had a bail hearing. She is being charged with different aspects of child abuse. She pleaded not guilty. The judge, Alison Nathan, gave Maxwell the date of July 12, 2021 for her trial. Maxwell will not be allowed to post bail as there is a large risk that she will flee before her trial next year. “U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell posed ‘a substantial risk of flight’ given her considerable wealth, international connections and the charges against her, noting that she faced a maximum of 35 years in prison, if convicted” (Johnson). Judge Nathan is taking this measure to assure that Maxwell will be present for her trial.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2nd at a home in a small town in New Hampshire. When FBI agents asked her to open the door, she tried to flee into another part of the house. A cell phone covered in tin foil was also found at her house. She also had the protection of her own private security at the property. Not the best look when getting arrested.
An interesting piece about Maxwell’s beginning in lockup is that she was often moved from different cells. She was also required to wear paper clothing and was not allowed bedsheets. This was to prevent her from harming herself. In regards to this, an anonymous source said, “Jeffrey Epstein died behind bars and they are terrified someone will try to kill Ghislaine” (Brown). With plenty of controversy surrounding Epstein’s death in jail, it is not surprising that Maxwell was being handled very carefully at first.
Ghislaine Maxwell is in major trouble. Perhaps the only thing that has the slightest chance of saving her is revealing who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous island. When Maxwell does go to trial next summer, it will be a big deal.
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Brown, Lee. “Ghislaine Maxwell Reportedly Moved from ‘Cell to Cell’ to Avoid Assassins.” New York Post, New York Post, 13 July 2020, nypost.com/2020/07/12/ghislaine-maxwell-reportedly-being-moved-from-cell-to-cell/.
Johnson, Kevin. “Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty, Ordered Held without Bond in Case Tied to Epstein Child Sex Trafficking Ring.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 14 July 2020, www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/14/ghislaine-maxwell-pleads-not-guilty-jeffrey-epstein/5434252002/.
Orden, Erica. “Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Sex Trafficking Charges.” CNN, Cable News Network, 14 July 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/07/14/us/ghislaine-maxwell-pleads-not-guilty/index.html.