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Prosecutors slam Ghislaine Maxwell's 'window dressing' passport gambit
On two previous bail attempts, a judge has deemed her a flight risk

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Mar 10, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 2 minute read • comment bubble10 Comments
Jeffrey Epstein, right, and his alleged 'pimp' Ghislaine Maxwell.
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Socialite and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest scheme to get sprung from a New York jail was met with derision by U.S. federal prosecutors on Wednesday.

Maxwell, 59, who is awaiting her July trial on sex-trafficking charges, has offered to renounce her U.K. and French citizenship — if she gets bail.


But the feds blasted the gambit as “window dressing.”

Maxwell was allegedly the muse and “pimp” of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. It’s alleged she groomed girls for sex with the twisted financier.

On two previous bail attempts, a judge has deemed the jet-setter a flight risk.

“The defendant’s claimed ‘willingness to renounce her citizenship in both the United Kingdom and France’ is little more than window dressing,” a trio of assistant U.S. attorneys wrote to Judge Alison Nathan.

Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail in Manhattan Federal Court July 14, 2020.
Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail in Manhattan Federal Court July 14, 2020. PHOTO BY JANE ROSENBERG /REUTERS
Part of the problem is that it’s a moot point: Maxwell committed the alleged crimes while a citizen of France.

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The French Ministry of Justice was contacted by its American counterpart to get a legal opinion from a country that categorically refuses to “deport its own citizens for crimes they have committed.”

France said the socialite’s “offer to waive her French citizenship will not make her eligible to be extradited from France because, for purposes of extradition, nationality is assessed as of the time the charged offence was committed.”


Even if Maxwell renounced her citizenship, she would still be considered French and not subject to deportation.

Meanwhile, her older brother is painting Ghislaine’s incarceration as akin to being caged at Alcatraz or Guantanamo Bay.

Since she’s been caged, her handful of high-flying supporters have unleashed a torrent of complaints about jail conditions and her fundamental goodness.

“No human being should have to go through what she’s been put through,” her brother Ian Maxwell told the BBC. “It is really degrading … this is not the way that a democratic country should be running its prison system. It’s grotesque and in that respect it amounts to torture.”

He added: “I am worried about Ghislaine’s capacity to endure much more of this treatment.”


And like many others, he blames the tabloid press for portraying Ghislaine as a sex-crazed monster.

Ghislaine Maxwell has denied any involvement in grooming minors for sex with her former boyfriend and sugar daddy Epstein.

But she remains resolute despite the government’s “grotesque overreaction” to the Epstein episode, her brother said.

Ian said the siblings had drifted apart and he only met Epstein once.

“I wish she’d never met the man, obviously it goes without saying,” he told the BBC.

Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty.

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31 missing children rescued by authorities in Texas, including 7 teenage victims of sex trafficking

By Kelly Hayes
Published 18 hours ago

Any rescue of kids out of situations like this is a miracle and thank whatever deity you believe it for happening.

Question though: does this rescue get counted under Biden for a 'win' against such things like the last big bust was for Trump? Curious...
 

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The operation was pre financed by Trump only way to stop it now is Biden administration removing it

An example of what Biden can do to destroy it

Florida Attorney General calls on Biden Administration to reinstate Operation Talon, aimed at ending sex trafficking

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Thursday, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, alongside attorneys general from 17 other states, wrote a letter in which they urged President Joe Biden to reverse the decision to end a federal enforcement action targeting convicted sex offenders in the country illegally.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Operation Talon” is a nationwide operation that focuses on removing illegally present convicted sex offenders from the U.S., according to the release.

In the release, Moody said, “The reversal of a federal enforcement operation created to prevent the molestation, rape and sex trafficking of women, men and children is extremely concerning to me. As Attorney General, not a day goes by where I am not focused on how to end sex trafficking, especially the rape and torture of children—which, as a mother, disgusts me.”

Moody said that this should also disgust President Biden, and because of this, she, along with Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia attorney generals are calling on the Biden Administration to “immediately reinstate Operation Talon, to protect vulnerable populations from sexual abuse and help us end the disturbing epidemic of human trafficking in this country.”

The full letter can be read below:

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HUNTER: Judge orders some Ghislaine Maxwell sex secrets redacted
Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Mar 19, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 3 minute read • comment bubble14 Comments
From left, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
From left, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. PHOTO BY VIRGINIA ROBERTS /FACEBOOK
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Typically, no one wants their dirty laundry aired in public. Not even in their social cohort.

The sexual indiscretions, the boozing, the drugging, or any other nefarious activities. Best left unsaid.


But we all have skeletons in our closets (yes, even the Maoist Millennials) that probably should never see the light of day.

This is where disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell now finds herself.

The 59-year-old accused “pimp” of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has fought bitterly every revelation from a 2015 civil suit against her that lays bare her alleged sexual antics.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to a slew of sex-trafficking and perjury charges in connection with the decades-long sexual rampage of her one-time paramour, Epstein.

Late Thursday, a federal judge finally gave Maxwell and her legal team a win. She had requested that certain details in the criminal case against her be kept secret.

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A woman alleged to be Ghislaine Maxwell stretches out in the sand at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion. PALM BEACH STATES ATTORNEY
A woman alleged to be Ghislaine Maxwell stretches out in the sand at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion. PALM BEACH STATES ATTORNEY
U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled in favour of the redactions that Maxwell wanted regarding sealed transcripts the government filed last month.

The judge said the twisted details might be too “sensational and impure” for public sensibilities.

So, like a basement-dwelling baseball club on a 10-game losing skid, Maxwell finally got a win.

“Those portions of the transcript, which were redacted in the civil matter, concern privacy interests and their disclosure would merely serve to cater to a ‘craving for that which is sensational and impure,’” Nathan wrote in her order.

Nathan also granted the prosecution some redactions they had made when filing the transcript. The feds wanted to “protect the integrity” of their probe and “third parties.”


But it wasn’t all roses for the publishing heiress. Some of her requests were torpedoed.

“Though the defendant contends that some of the information contained in the redactions is public, she furnishes no evidence to that effect,” the decision said.

In days gone by, newspaper reports on trials and crimes would contain a treasure trove of code words as a means of skirting readers’ sensibilities.

Disturbing elements were often referred to as “unnatural” and other standbys of a more civilized era. Readers would have to read between the lines and piece the story together themselves.

Jeffrey Epstein and the socialite accused of being his sexual procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Jeffrey Epstein and the socialite accused of being his sexual procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell. PHOTO BY PHOTOGRAPHER /GETTY IMAGES
Today, that is impossible when too many people can barely get past the headline before registering their rage on Twitter, which then spreads like contagion resulting in a big ball of stupid.

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Maxwell is dealing with the blunt, hammerhead world of 2021. Already, a litany of her titillating sex secrets has made their way into the media.

Accusations that she was an active participant in the sexual abuse of teen girls, dreamed of marrying Epstein and was sexually ravenous have not helped her case.

Any attempt to recapture the narrative on her part is bound to fail.

After all, what adult woman — or man — wouldn’t raise the alarm bells if there was an army of half-naked 15-year-olds traipsing around the pool?

Unless of course, you were an active participant in the sexual abuse.

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None of the allegations against Maxwell have been proven in court.

Friends and family of the socialite have publicly moaned about “poor Ghislaine” and her jailhouse trials and tribulations.

They would be pleased if we all believed the brunette was akin to Mother Teresa or some woebegone woman fallen under the vile umbrella of Jeffrey Epstein.

Judge Alison J. Nathan can redact whatever she wants.

Maxwell goes on trial in Manhattan in July.

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Ghislaine Maxwell faces new charges as U.S. expands sex crime case
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Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail for her role aiding Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and eventually abuse of minor girls, in Manhattan Federal Court, in the Manhattan, New York, July 14, 2020 in this courtroom sketch.
Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail for her role aiding Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and eventually abuse of minor girls, in Manhattan Federal Court, in the Manhattan, New York, July 14, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. PHOTO BY JANE ROSENBERG /REUTERS
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NEW YORK — U.S. prosecutors on Monday expanded their criminal case against Ghislaine Maxwell, saying the British socialite helped procure a fourth underage girl for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

An amended indictment against Maxwell now covers alleged crimes stretching from 1994 to 2004 in New York and Florida, including accusations that she paid the girl, known as Minor Victim-4, hundreds of dollars for each sexual act with Epstein.


Maxwell, who was Epstein’s longtime associate and former girlfriend, faces new charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor in the eight-count indictment, as well as earlier charges that include perjury.

She had previously pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom three teenage girls for sex between 1994 and 1997 in New York. Maxwell, 59, has been held in a jail in Brooklyn since her arrest last July.

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Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


It is unclear whether the new charges could lead to a postponement of Maxwell’s scheduled July 12 trial before U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, though prosecutors said Maxwell should have “ample time” to prepare.

In a letter to the judge, prosecutors said they have given Maxwell’s lawyers the month and year when the fourth victim was born and key evidence about her.

They also said they plan to turn over large amounts of other evidence, including statements from more than 250 witnesses related to their investigation of Epstein and his associates.

Epstein killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trail on sex trafficking charges.

His estate was used to create a fund expected to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution to victims of his sexual abuses. The fund has received more than 175 claims.

According to the amended indictment, Maxwell and Epstein recruited the fourth victim to engage in sex acts with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, and successfully encouraged her to recruit other girls to do the same.

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The indictment said Epstein’s employees, including Maxwell, also sent gifts such as lingerie to the girl’s Florida home from New York, where Epstein had a townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. That townhouse was sold this month for $51 million.

In late January and early February, Maxwell filed 12 motions seeking to dismiss all or part of the government case, or at least make it more difficult to win a conviction.

Maxwell has said the government targeted her only because Epstein killed himself and prosecutors wanted someone else to blame, and that she was covered by Epstein’s own non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida.

She has also said the perjury charges, based on depositions from 2016 in a civil lawsuit, should be tossed because her answers were true, and the grand jury in suburban White Plains, New York, that indicted her had too few nonwhite jurors.

Last week, another federal judge in Manhattan refused to dismiss espionage charges against a former CIA employee indicted in White Plains early in the COVID-19 pandemic, rejecting the defendant’s argument that the jury was not diverse enough.

That ruling may foreshadow the outcome of Maxwell’s dismissal request.

On March 22, Judge Nathan rejected Maxwell’s third request for bail, saying Maxwell remained a significant flight risk.
 

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Heat's on Prince Andrew as Ghislaine Maxwell sex probe widens
U.S. prosecutors have expanded their criminal case against the British heiress

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
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Publishing date:Mar 30, 2021 • 21 hours ago • 3 minute read • 10 Comments
Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail for her role aiding Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and eventually abuse of minor girls, in Manhattan Federal Court, in the Manhattan, New York, July 14, 2020 in this courtroom sketch.
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Every legal failure that befalls disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell turns up the heat on Prince Andrew.

The FBI are desperate to question the royal about his friendship with twisted pedophile and Maxwell benefactor Jeffrey Epstein.


U.S. prosecutors on Monday expanded their criminal case against Maxwell, alleging the British heiress helped procure a fourth underage girl for the late financier Epstein to sexually abuse.

The latest charges against Maxwell cover a period of time when Andrew and the convicted sex offender were paling around.

The Duke of York now faces increased pressure to submit to questioning by the FBI.

The calls come in the wake of the new developments in the child sex inquiry that expanded the scope of the probe.

From left, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
From left, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. PHOTO BY VIRGINIA ROBERTS /FACEBOOK
An amended indictment against Maxwell now covers alleged crimes stretching from 1994 to 2004 in New York and Florida, including accusations that she paid the girl, known as Minor Victim-4, hundreds of dollars for each sexual act with Epstein.

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Maxwell — who was Epstein’s longtime associate and former girlfriend — faces new charges of sex-trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor in the eight-count indictment, as well as earlier charges that include perjury.


She previously pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom three teenage girls for sex between 1994 and 1997 in New York.

Maxwell, 59, has been held in a jail in Brooklyn since her arrest last July.

Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It is unclear whether the new charges could lead to a postponement of Maxwell’s scheduled July 12 trial before U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, though prosecutors said Maxwell should have “ample time” to prepare.

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In a letter to the judge, prosecutors said they have given Maxwell’s lawyers the month and year when the fourth victim was born and key evidence about her.

They also said they plan to turn over large amounts of other evidence, including statements from more than 250 witnesses related to their investigation of Epstein and his associates.

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Epstein killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trail on sex-trafficking charges.

His estate was used to create a fund expected to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution to alleged victims of his sexual abuses. The fund has received more than 175 claims.

According to the amended indictment, Maxwell and Epstein recruited the fourth victim to engage in sex acts with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., and successfully encouraged her to recruit other girls to do the same.

The indictment said Epstein’s employees, including Maxwell, also sent gifts such as lingerie to the girl’s Florida home from New York, where Epstein had a townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. That townhouse was sold this month for $51 million.

In late January and early February, Maxwell filed 12 motions seeking to dismiss all or part of the government case, or at least make it more difficult to win a conviction.

Maxwell has said the government targeted her only because Epstein killed himself and prosecutors wanted someone else to blame, and that she was covered by Epstein’s own non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida.

She has also said the perjury charges, based on depositions from 2016 in a civil lawsuit, should be tossed because her answers were true, and the grand jury in suburban White Plains, N.Y., that indicted her had too few non-white jurors.

On March 22, her third request for bail was rejected, with the judge saying Maxwell remained a significant flight risk.

— With files from Reuters

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Epstein and Maxwell 'repeatedly raped' woman, threatened to feed her to alligators: Lawsuit
Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Mar 31, 2021 • 1 hour ago • 2 minute read • 9 Comments
Jeffrey Epstein, right, and his alleged 'pimp' Ghislaine Maxwell.
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An alleged victim of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his accused “pimp” Ghislaine Maxwell is claiming the twosome raped her in front of her son then threatened to feed her to alligators.

The shocking new allegation comes from a Florida real estate broker who filed a lawsuit in South Florida Federal Court.


Though Epstein died mysteriously in a New York jail in 2019 while awaiting sex-trafficking charges, his muse and alleged madam will head to trial in July.

And the new lawsuit from Jane Doe is another torpedo slammed into the British socialite’s defence.

It claims that Maxwell was present in 2008 when Epstein allegedly warned the woman to keep silent.

Accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and her former friend, journalist Christopher Mason.
Accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and her former friend, journalist Christopher Mason. PHOTO BY PATRICK MCMULLEN /GETTY IMAGES
“Epstein then ushered the Plaintiff to the body of water and told her in explicit detail that, as had happened to other girls in the past, she would end up in this body of water and be devoured by the alligators should she ever reveal what Epstein had done to her,” the lawsuit reads, according to the New York Daily News.

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The suit targets the executors of the hedge fund manager’s estate. If true, Jane Doe’s encounters are different than previous allegations because she was an adult at the time. The alleged victim is of Turkish descent and a married, devout Muslim, according to the lawsuit.

Among the allegations:

— It’s claimed that Epstein and Maxwell “repeatedly raped” the woman in front of her son at a Naples hotel.

— Epstein forced her to have sex with other men, including a local judge.

— The financier forced her to undergo a “violent and illegal” surgery to give the impression she was a virgin.

According to the Miami Herald, the procedure made Jane Doe permanently “sexually dysfunctional.”

In the lawsuit, she said she met Epstein in either 2006 or 2007 through her boss’s friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who went by G-Max.

And the lawsuit claims it was Maxwell who lured Jane Doe into Epstein’s clutches. The publishing heiress allegedly took Doe’s passport for “safekeeping.”

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She went to work for Epstein as a hairdresser in 2008. In her first day on the job, when she arrived, she says Epstein was naked.

“He proceeded, with Maxwell’s assistance, to brutally rape Plaintiff and otherwise sexually abuse Plaintiff. At that time and thereafter, Epstein had firearms in his possession which were in full view and displayed to Plaintiff for the purpose of frightening and intimidating her,” the suit reads.

After the alleged attack, the suit claims Jane Doe drove Maxwell and Epstein to the Everglades and an area infested with alligators.

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Epstein also kept a clutch of raunchy videos of the victim and threatened to have her deported, the suit claims.

After a time, Doe said she began driving young girls to trysts with the money manager.

It isn’t clear how she escaped his clutches and the suit claims she only learned Epstein was dead after Maxwell’s arrest last summer.

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'ABUSE OF POWER': Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers slam timing of new sex charges
Woman alleges Maxwell sold her to Epstein when she was 14

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Apr 01, 2021 • 1 day ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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That moan you’re hearing is Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team complaining yet again about the unfairness of it all.

As the disgraced socialite faces a July sex-trafficking trial for her alleged co-starring role alongside onetime paramour Jeffrey Epstein, things are not going well.


In addition to new, more serious charges against the 59-year-old former party girl, disturbing new details of a Florida lawsuit have emerged.

Now, according to the New York Post, her lawyers are slamming prosecutors for “obvious tactical gamesmanship” in introducing the new charges.

On Monday, the woman alleged to be Epstein’s “pimp” was hit with two new sex-trafficking charges in a superseding indictment based on a woman’s allegations that Maxwell sold her to the twisted billionaire when she was just 14.

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Jeffrey Epstein and the socialite accused of being his sexual procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell. PHOTO BY PHOTOGRAPHER /GETTY IMAGES
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, Maxwell’s lawyers moaned that the new charges “drastically change the focus of this case.”

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They called the feds’ machinations “shocking, unfair and an abuse of power.”

“Counsel have not yet determined whether to formally move for a continuance. This decision is not an easy one. Ms. Maxwell and her lawyers have been diligently preparing for trial,” the letter states.

“However, the government’s continued refusal to provide the most basic discovery – names of accusers – coupled with what amounts to a new indictment (after what was supposed to be the close of discovery and the resolution of very complicated legal issues) has effectively prevented trial preparation from moving forward in an orderly manner.”


Maxwell’s team is now suggesting changing the trial date to allow them more time to prepare.

And, for good measure, they included a “poor Ghislaine” missive about the effect of all of this on her “health and well-being.” Will she be strong enough to handle the “stress of trial,” they asked.

Oh, and can you release her on bail until the trial?

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Maxwell’s repeated attempts to receive bail have been trashed like one of Epstein’s disposable white Lacoste polo shirts.

Prosecutors fear that if released, she would flee the country. She has millions of dollars at her disposal, a number of passports and a coterie of jet-set pals.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and denied all charges. If convicted she would not be eligible for parole until she is 93.

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Ghislaine Maxwell wants to be treated like Weinstein, Cosby
Lawyers seeking her bail cite sexist treatment, “jaw-droppingly appalling" jail conditions

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Apr 02, 2021 • 10 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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The lawyers for disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell are taking their arguments for her release to absurd lengths.

On Thursday, they filed paperwork arguing that if notoriously wealthy rapists like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby were released on bail, then so should the 59-year-old Brit.


Maxwell is awaiting trial on a slew of sex-trafficking related charges. Her court date is slated for July but her lawyers are hinting they want a delay.

In Thursday’s filing, the legal eagles went over the top in describing her “over 280 days” in the slammer.

They claimed the situation for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s one-time muse and alleged partner in crime as “fitting for Hannibal Lecter,” “nightmarish” and that jail conditions were “jaw-droppingly appalling.”

The lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell claim she is being treated worse than Hannibal Lecter.
The lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell claim she is being treated worse than Hannibal Lecter.
Maxwell’s bid for bail has been torpedoed three times because of her multiple passports, millions of dollars and a coterie of jet-set pals who could help her hide.

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But what about Weinstein and Cosby, both now serving lengthy jail sentences, her legal eagles asked.

“The truth is that wealthy men charged with similar or more serious offences, many of whom have foreign ties, are routinely granted bail so that they can effectively prepare for trial. Bernie Madoff. Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. John Gotti. Marc Dreier. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Ali Sadr. Adnan Khashoggi. Mahender Sabhnani. The list goes on and on,” lawyer David Oscar Markus argued in the motion for pretrial release.

“Ms. Maxwell is entitled to the same opportunity as male defendants to prepare her defence.”

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Besides being treated like infamous celluloid cannibal Hannibal Lecter, her lawyers said guards wake Maxwell every 15 minutes and conduct “intrusive searches.” And don’t get them started on COVID-19.

“These conditions would support a complaint for cruel and unusual punishment for a convicted felon. Ms. Maxwell is not one. She is innocent unless and until she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt — an event which is highly unlikely given the lack of evidence against her,” the motion reads.

In addition, the water at the Brooklyn jail where she is being held is cloudy and “not drinkable,” the food is microwaved with a plastic covering. That makes it “inedible.”

No, it’s not The Palm.


“She is on suicide watch for no reason. She continues to lose weight, her hair, and her ability to concentrate,” the latest motion states.

Worse, she can’t prepare for her trial and review the 2.5-million-page prosecution case.

Besides, her lawyers argue, the case against the her is “palpably weak” and Maxwell is a “scapegoat” for Epstein’s vile crimes.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Maxwell this week. On Monday, a fourth woman said the brunette pal of Prince Andrew recruited her for sex with Epstein when she just 14.

In addition, a new lawsuit was launched in Florida making similar claims.

Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing.

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'VERY DIRTY': Feds say Ghislaine Maxwell wouldn't flush toilet causing cell to stink
Prosecutors said video footage revealed Maxwell was treated like any other convict

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Publishing date:Apr 07, 2021 • 12 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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For all her airs and graces disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell flushed her toilet so infrequently her jail cell began to stink, the feds claim.

Maxwell, 59, has famously moaned about conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she’s awaiting her sex trafficking trial.

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The British publishing heiress has complained about all and sundry, apparently not realizing that jail isn’t the Ritz.

Now, federal prosecutors have fired back in a new court filing.

They said Maxwell was not one to flush her toilet and as a result her whole cell began to stink and guards had to order her to clean it.

Maxwell claimed it was punishment but prosecutors allege that serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime gal pal and muse let it get filthy.

A woman alleged to be Ghislaine Maxwell stretches out in the sand at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion. PALM BEACH STATES ATTORNEY
A woman alleged to be Ghislaine Maxwell stretches out in the sand at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion. PALM BEACH STATES ATTORNEY
According to the New York Daily News, the court filing disputed Maxwell’s frequent complaints of abuse and humiliation.

And prosecutors said video footage revealed Maxwell was treated like any other convict.

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But for a woman who grew up in wealth and privilege, that may be the problem.

“The search in question was in fact recorded in full by a handheld camera,” the letter from federal prosecutors reads. “After reviewing the camera footage, the [Metropolitan Detention Center] concluded that the search was conducted appropriately and the defendant’s complaint about that incident was unfounded.”

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Her cell, the prosecution said, had “become very dirty.”

Prosecutors added: “The defendant did not frequently flush her toilet after using it, which caused the cell to smell. In addition, the defendant had not cleaned her cell in some time, causing it to become increasingly dirty.”

Maxwell’s legal team has repeatedly claimed that she is being treated harshly in the infamous jail.

Among their claims/demands:

— Maxwell should be released on bail because sex criminals Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby were.

— They want a judge’s ruling on bail overturned, claiming Maxwell (wealthy, with three passports and friends around the world) is not a flight risk.

— Her lawyers have characterized jail conditions as “fitting for Hannibal Lecter.”

— Maxwell has lost weight and her hair and the food is “inedible”. The feds say her weight is similar for other women her height.


The slinky socialite was long associated with Jeffrey Epstein — who hanged himself in his jail cell while awaiting trial for sex trafficking — and is accused of grooming underage girls for the hedge fund manager to sexually abuse.

She has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.

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NEW YORK — A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell has asked a U.S. judge to delay the July 12 criminal trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s former associate by at least 90 days, blaming prosecutors for belatedly adding sex trafficking charges that frustrate her ability to be ready sooner.

In a Thursday night letter, the lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said prosecutors “effectively added a brand new case on top of the existing case” by adding the new charges in a March 29 indictment.


Maxwell, 59, has now been charged with eight felonies, and could face 80 years in prison if convicted.

“The new charges up the ante,” Sternheim wrote to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan.

“A continuance – the need for which is caused solely by the government – is reasonable and necessary in defense of Ms. Maxwell. The denial of a continuance risks a miscarriage of justice.”


A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.

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The new charges concern accusations that between 2001 and 2004, Maxwell groomed and paid a girl, starting at age 14, to give Epstein nude massages, engage in sex acts with the financier, and recruited others to offer erotic massages.

Maxwell is to be arraigned on those charges on April 23.

She previously pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse three other girls from 1994 to 1997, and to perjury for lying about her role in depositions taken in 2016 for a separate civil trial.

In seeking a delay, Sternheim cited the need to review “voluminous” materials including more than 2.4 million pages of documents, 214,000 photos and hundreds of hours of audiovisual files.

She also called it “laughable” for prosecutors to defend the indictment’s timing by saying travel and safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic kept them from meeting the fourth Epstein accuser until January.


Maxwell was arrested last July, and is jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Nathan has rejected bail three times. The federal appeals court in Manhattan is scheduled to hear Maxwell’s latest bail appeal on April 26.

Epstein killed himself in jail at age 66 in August 2019 after being charged with sex trafficking.
 
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A federal appeals court rejected a challenge by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser to an agreement not to prosecute the financier, and to shield his associates from criminal liability for aiding his sexual abuses.

By a 7-4 vote, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled on Thursday that Courtney Wild and other accusers lacked standing under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act to disturb Epstein’s 2007 nonprosecution agreement, though they had been kept in the dark while it was being negotiated.


Judges in the majority said they were “constrained” to rule against Wild, despite having “the profoundest sympathy for Ms. Wild and others like her, who suffered unspeakable horror at Epstein’s hands, only to be left in the dark – and, so it seems, affirmatively misled – by government attorneys.”

Wild, now in her 30s, was 15 when Epstein first sexually abused her, according to court papers.

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“We are disappointed but not surprised,” her lawyers, Paul Cassell and Bradley Edwards, said in a joint statement.

They pledged to press Congress for changes to ensure that “the rights of crime victims are never again trampled on in this disturbing way again.”

Epstein’s agreement with federal prosecutors in southern Florida arose from his alleged sexual abuses at his Palm Beach mansion.

In exchange for immunity, Epstein pleaded guilty to Florida state prostitution charges and served just 13 months in jail. The arrangement is now widely considered to have been too lenient.

A decision favouring Wild could have permitted accusers to discuss with prosecutors why Epstein’s associates should be charged. Prosecutors have said Epstein’s agreement applied only in Florida.


Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and former Epstein associate, has cited Epstein’s agreement in her defence against criminal charges in Manhattan that she aided his abuses between 1994 and 2004.

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

Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom wrote Thursday’s majority opinion. Six of the seven judges in the majority were men, while the four dissenting judges were women.

One dissenter, Circuit Judge Frank Hull, said the majority opinion created a “two-tiered justice system” that exacerbated disparities between wealthy defendants and others.

She said limiting protections of the victims’ rights law to the period after people like Epstein are charged leaves federal prosecutors “free to engage in the secret plea deals and deception pre-charge that resulted in the travesty here.”

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Last April, a divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit said prosecutors had no obligation to disclose Epstein’s nonprosecution agreement. It later set aside that ruling so the full appeals court could consider the matter.

“I don’t see this as a loss,” Wild said in a statement provided by her lawyers. “The judges agreed that the way were treated was wrong. Without this lawsuit, that wrong would have been swept under the rug and would have repeated itself.”

In opposing Wild’s appeal, the U.S. Department of Justice nonetheless expressed regret for its handling of the matter, and said Wild should be commended for shining a light on Epstein’s misconduct.

Epstein’s agreement had been negotiated by prosecutors led by then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta in Miami.

A Justice Department investigation found in November that Acosta exercised “poor judgment” but did not recommend sanctions.

Shortly after Epstein’s July 2019 arrest, Acosta resigned as then-President Donald Trump’s labour secretary under pressure over the agreement. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail the following month.