Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer came forward yesterday with some very eye-opening claims about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she awaits trial.
Here’s the full story…
Jeffrey Epstein, born in New York City in 1953, made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm.
But now he’s better known for more sinister reasons.
Epstein was first convicted for a range of sex crimes in 2005, when he pleaded guilty to molesting an underage girl.
But, by 2008, he has been convicted for running an underage prostitution ring connected to a number of high powered individuals.
Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
On July 6th last year, 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.
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.
Epstein has numerous friends in high places, and one of those friends is in one of the highest places possible – sitting in the Oval Office.
Epstein has had a long friendship with Donald Trump, and his convictions for these horrific crimes have not reflected well on the President.
And, even more controversially, Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein’s high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren’t too convinced.
He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
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.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
And they each detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being sexually assaulted and raped while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”
And the involvement of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and close friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, fifty-eight, were outlined even further.
And, at that time, she wan’t reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
Because a large majority of Epstein’s victims had claimed that Maxwell was the one who “recruited” the often underaged girls.
It was reported in July that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
She was described as a flight risk during the hearing, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
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.
This is a huge development in the fight for justice and, if found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five-years behind bars.
At a hearing via video link, the disgraced socialite remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
However, she was still denied bail.
US federal prosecutors said that she is an “extreme” flight risk and should remain in custody, as per the BBC.
Which has been scheduled for July 2021.
Various rumors of her harsh treatment have been circulating over the last few months but, now, her lawyer has spoken out.
Sternheim told a Manhattan judge that Maxwell has no history of mental health issues and no criminal history while making no direct reference to Epstein taking his life in his cell last year.
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.
“And despite non-stop in-cell camera surveillance, Maxwell’s sleep is disrupted every fifteen minutes when she is awakened by a flashlight to ascertain whether she is breathing.”
It was argued that Maxwell – who then tested negative for the virus – had received more favorable treatment than other inmates.
This is a developing story, and updates will be posted accordingly.