A federal judge denied bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite accused of facilitating the sexual abuse of young girls in the mid-1990s by her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, CNBC reported.
Maxwell will remain in jail pending trial which is set for July 12th, 2021.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty at the bail hearing in Manhattan federal court, her lawyer had sought the socialite’s release for $5 million dollars bond.
However, the Judge, Alison Nathan argued, that Maxwell poses “a substantial risk of flight.” Something that prosecutors have also said previously.
“The risk is simply too great” for Maxwell to be released on bail, Nathan said.
The judge also noted Maxwell’s wealth, citizenship in Britain and France, other international ties, and lack of strong family or business connections in the United States as she denied the bail request. Once again this is something that prosecutors have also argued in court strengthening their case today.
Nathan also cited the “seriousness” of Maxwell’s alleged crimes as a reason she would flee the country if given bail and said no bail condition, or combination of conditions, would ensure she would willingly appear in court to face the charges she stands accused of, which range from child trafficking to perjury.
A federal prosecutor who argued against Maxwell’s bail request told Nathan that Maxwell had posed as “Jen Marshall,” a “journalist” who was seeking privacy, last November when she looked at purchasing the New Hampshire house where she was arrested by FBI agents earlier this month as Anewspost reported.
Maxwell, according to a real estate agent involved in the purchase, posed as the wife of a man who identified himself as “Scott Marshall,” a purported retired member of the British military who was writing a book, the prosecutor, Alison Moe, stated at the trial.
The prosecutor further argued that Maxwell’s deception with the real estate agent, and other factors, warranted detaining her without bail, as did her purported wealth of up to $10 million in assets.
Maxwell, who appeared in court via a circuit camera dude to the current pandemic told the Judge she was not guilty after being denied bail.
“Not guilty,” Maxwell told Nathan.
Moe estimated that the trial would take three weeks. Maxwell, 58, faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted of crimes that include enticing minors into traveling to have sex with Epstein, and perjury. Maxwell is alleged to have video evidence that could implicate rich and powerful Johns for participation in underage rape according to friends.
One of those friends of Maxwell’s and Epstein’s Christina Oxenberg, who is also the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Prince Andrew’s second cousin claimed that Maxwell has all the secret tapes that could expose numerous high society figures. Adding that she would bargain with officials to get a lesser sentence using the blackmail material.
The daughter of the media mogul Robert Maxwell is said to be, being moved around from cell to cell to prevent her assassination as Anewspost reported. Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, the same place where Epstein was found dead. Maxwell is indicted under six counts in Manhattan federal court the charges allege that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994. The indictment admonitions include – conspiracy to entice minors, transporting minors, and perjury.
Attorney General Bill Bar has insisted that the government will not allow Ghislaine Maxwell to die in jail like Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanging in his cell last summer while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.
When Barr was asked in a recent interview with ABC News if the government had Maxwell’s security “locked up” to ensure she would neither be able to kill herself or be harmed, Barr answered firmly: “Yes. We have asked them to tell us specifically the protocols they’re following and we have a number of redundant systems to monitor the situation.”
With Maxwell being denied bail today, this is a significant victory for the victims allowing them one step closer to justice.