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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Jail Conditions Rival Hannibal Lecter’s, Her Lawyer Says

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer has claimed that her jail conditions rival those of Hannibal Lecter’s.

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TW: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.

Jeffrey Epstein, who made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm, was first convicted for a range of sex crimes in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to m*lesting an underage girl.

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Then in 2008, he was convicted for running an underage prostitution ring connected to a number of high-powered individuals. Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.

From there, it got worse…

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On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested again for sex trafficking of minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.

This was a huge break through for many of his victims.

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Epstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout. For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.

And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.

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Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.

One of them controversially being Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.

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Of course, all of Epstein’s high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren’t too convinced.

However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends…

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He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.

It was ruled as suicide though some people aren’t convinced by that.

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But because of the nature of his crimes, plus the connections Epstein had to the political and social elite, some have other suspicions about what really happened.

Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.

Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.

Victims spoke out about what they had endured.

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They each gave detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being sexually assaulted and r*ped while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”

It also outlined the involvement of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and close friend…

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Ghislaine Maxwell.

Now, in the months following Epstein’s death, Maxwell remained firmly hidden and out of the public eye…

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And, at that time, she wan’t reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.

But, it was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.

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She was taken to a hearing where she was described as a flight risk, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.

Maxwell was charged with the crimes of enticement of minors and sex trafficking of underage girls.

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She also faced charges for conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and 2 counts of perjury, according to the indictment.

She was also charged for repeatedly lying about her involvement in the sex trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.

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If found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five-years behind bars though, of course, the disgraced socialite has always remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.

As you’d expect, Maxwell’s time in prison hasn’t been an easy one.

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The former socialite’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.

Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is “excessively and invasively” monitored twenty-four hours a day.

Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.

Maxwell has repeatedly appealed for bail…

But all have been rejected so far.

And now, her lawyer has spoke out about her jail condition again in the hopes that it could gain her some sympathy.

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Though it doesn’t seem to be working as effectively as he thought…

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During a court hearing this week, Sternheim renewed Maxwell’s request for bail ahead of her trial on November 29th.

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In the court documents, she described Maxwell’s jail as “inappropriate,” Yahoo reports.

“The surveillance rivals scenes of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration despite the absence of the cage and plastic face guard,” the outlet reports that she wrote.

The Guardian added that Sternheim also said that “Maxwell’s conditions of detention for the past 16 months continue to be reprehensible and utterly inappropriate for [a] woman on the cusp of turning 60 with no criminal record or history of violence,” when speaking of her time at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

“It is unwarranted, unrelenting, and utterly inappropriate,” Sternheim wrote.

“[She] has been subject to physical and emotional abuse by the correction officers, poor and unsanitary living conditions, insufficient nutrition, difficulties reviewing the millions of legal discovery documents in the case against her, and sleep deprivation.”

Sternheim also complained about the checks that take place every fifteen minutes during the night as she said that they were preventing Maxwell from sleeping.

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The opening arguments of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial are due to begin on November 29th.