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Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty when fighting for a $ 5 million bail


Ghislaine Maxwell was denied bail on Tuesday because she did not plead guilty to having brought sex trafficking charges against her.

District judge Alison Nathan rejected Maxwell's proposal for a $ 5 million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and secured over $ 3.75 million in UK real estate.

Maxwell's team of lawyers had announced that she would be staying in a "luxury hotel" in the New York area, hand in all of her travel documents, and be subject to GPS monitoring.

Judge Nathan ruled that the 58-year-old British celebrity poses a significant flight risk. She referred to her "significant international" relationships and "exceptional financial resources" and set an expected trial date for July 12, 2021.

Maxwell is accused of caring for girls aged 14 who Jeffrey Epstein abused between 1994 and 1997 when she was his girlfriend.

She faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty since prosecutors successfully argued that, in addition to her three passports, Maxwell had connections to some of the world's most powerful people and her own fortune of more than $ 10 million. Dollar has tried to escape.

Maxwell will return to the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she wears paper clothes to make sure she doesn't kill herself.

She appeared in court via video link She was reportedly wearing a brown shirt on Tuesday afternoon, usually had short hair with a bun, and didn't wear a face mask.

Ghislaine Maxwell did not plead guilty to the charges against her when she appeared before the court on video today to find out whether a judge would grant her bail

Her appearance came on Tuesday when it became known on Monday that she had refused to open the FBI's front door when, according to prosecutors, they robbed her $ 1 million apartment and fled to another room in the house. The 58-year-old ran into another room and saw her quickly closing a door behind her.

Her appearance came on Tuesday when it became known on Monday that she had refused to open the FBI's front door when, according to prosecutors, they robbed her $ 1 million apartment and fled to another room in the house. The 58-year-old ran into another room and saw her quickly closing a door behind her.

The New York prosecutors said Maxwell was "able to hide," had "few" ties to the community, and should therefore be refused bail because it was "the very definition of a flight risk."

At the hearing, two victims also argued that it was a flight risk. One wrote in a statement: “Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey could not have done what he did. She is a predator and a monster. & # 39;

Maxwell is closely watched as the Department of Justice tries to ensure that she doesn't kill herself like her former friend Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself last August while waiting for the sexual trafficking trial.

The prosecutor opposed bailing Maxwell, arguing that holding both French and British passports gives her the ability to "live indefinitely out of reach of extradition".

Prosecutor Allison Moe said when Maxwell bought her $ 1 million house in Bradford, New Hampshire, she visited the house in November 2019 under the pseudonym Janet Marshall and claimed to the real estate agent that she had worked as a journalist.

Moe said: & # 39; The real estate agent told the FBI broker that the house buyers had introduced themselves as Scott and Janet Marshall. Both had British accents.

Scott Marshall told her that he had left the British military and was currently working on a book. Janet Marshall has described herself as a journalist. «

Last summer, DailyMail.com tracked Maxwell in Manchester-by-the-Sea and lived in a house owned by her lover of tech CEO Scott Borgerson. It is unclear whether the man who traveled with Maxwell to the New Hampshire house was Borgerson.

Moe added: “She can live well under an assumed identity. There really can be no question that she can hide. & # 39;

Moe also read a victim statement from a woman identified as Jane Doe, which also raised the case that Maxwell was a flight risk.

The victim said she had known Maxwell for 10 years and the celebrities intended to "deliver" her to Epstein, knowing the "hideous dehumanization that awaited me."

She described Maxwell as "sociopathic" and "would have done anything to get what she wanted – to satisfy Jeffrey Epstein."

The woman claimed that Maxwell was "responsible" and "incited" Epstein.

She added that "if she is not there, I need protection," and quoted a phone call she received in the middle of the night that threatened her two-year-old child.

Victim Annie Farmer also spoke at the hearing about how she met Maxwell at the age of 16. Farmer previously registered their claims against Maxwell.

She said Maxwell "has never shown remorse (and) tormented her survivors … she has employees around the world, some of great resources."

Victim Annie Farmer also spoke at the hearing about how she met Maxwell at the age of 16. Farmer previously registered their claims against Maxwell

Victim Annie Farmer also spoke at the hearing about how she met Maxwell at the age of 16. Farmer previously registered their claims against Maxwell

Prosecutor Allison Moe said when Maxwell bought her $ 1 million house in Bradford, New Hampshire (pictured), she visited the house in November 2019 under the pseudonym of Janet Marshall, and claimed to the real estate agent that she was as Worked as a journalist

Prosecutor Allison Moe said when Maxwell bought her $ 1 million house in Bradford, New Hampshire (pictured), she visited the house in November 2019 under the pseudonym of Janet Marshall, and claimed to the real estate agent that she was as Worked as a journalist

Maxwell's lawyer Mark Cohen argued that she was not a flight risk and claimed that she had connections to the community and was "part of a very large and close family".

He said: "Our client is not Jeffrey Epstein and she was the target of endless media spins."

Prosecutor Moe later replied to Cohen's allegation of the "media spin" and said, "These are the facts. It is not dirt, it is not spin, it is evidence for the court."

Cohen claimed that Maxwell had received numerous threats and denied that she had refused to open their front door for the FBI when they raided their home on July 2nd.

He claimed her front door was unlocked and the windows were open, and said she surrendered to the agents.

After reports that Maxwell had wrapped her cell phone in aluminum foil, Cohen claimed that her phone had been hacked and that she had to do what the prosecutor described as an "apparently misguided effort to elude the discovery." Keep the phone as evidence.

Going beyond the problem of Maxwell being a flight risk, Cohen complained that the charges against her were brought up 25 years ago.

Officials said her behavior during the 8.30 am raid on July 2 on the Tuckedaway property in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire, was "worrying."

They wrote that when the FBI arrived, they were faced with a locked gate through which they were pushing.

The file said: “When the agents approached the front door to the main house, they registered as FBI agents and instructed the accused to open the door.

Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the instruction to open the door and instead tried to flee to another room in the house and quickly close a door behind him. The agents were eventually forced to break the door to enter the house and arrest the accused who was found inside the house.

When the agents went through a security check on the house, they also noticed an aluminum foil-wrapped cell phone on a desk, an apparently misguided effort to elude the discovery, not by the press or the public, which of course would have been no way for her Tracing the phone or intercepting their communications but through law enforcement. "

Maxwell is currently in detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured), where she wears paper clothes to make sure she doesn't kill herself

Maxwell is currently in detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured), where she wears paper clothes to make sure she doesn't kill herself

Pictured: Acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, speaks during a press conference to indict Ghislaine Maxwell

Pictured: Acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, speaks during a press conference to indict Ghislaine Maxwell

Also in the case are (from left) Alex Rossmiller, Alison Moe and Maurene Comey, James Comey's daughter

Also in the case are (from left) Alex Rossmiller, Alison Moe and Maurene Comey, James Comey's daughter

The New York prosecutor said on Monday Monday that this was evidence that Maxwell was "able to live in hiding" and the bail should be refused

The New York prosecutor said on Monday Monday that this was evidence that Maxwell was "able to live in hiding" and the bail should be refused

After Maxwell, the daughter of the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, was arrested, the FBI spoke to a security guard who worked on the property and said that her brother hired him from a company that was staffed by former British military soldiers.

The file says: "The security guard informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property while he was working there and that the security guard was instead sent with a credit card to purchase the property. As these facts make clear, there should be no question that the accused is able to hide. "

In her court files, Maxwell's lawyers argued that she was at increased risk of contracting the corona virus in prison. So far there have been only five cases and no deaths in prison.

They claim that the pandemic's restrictions on access to their lawyers would mean that they were unable to get a fair trial.

Prosecutors said the prison has actually made significant efforts to take them in and protect them.

In a 19-page document, prosecutors from the southern district of New York rejected their offer of a $ 5 million bail package, backed by $ 3.75 million real estate in the UK, as "little more as an unsecured bond ”.

It was not enough that she was subjected to 24-hour surveillance and remained under house arrest because "she not only has the motive to flee but also the means to do it quickly and effectively."

The case against her is "strong" and several victims have provided "detailed, credible evidence of the accused's criminal behavior" – more women have reported in the past week.

The victims have made it clear that Maxwell should be placed in pre-trial detention and say they have "been abused directly as a result of Ghislaine Maxwell's actions".

The document states: “Although this behavior took place a few years ago, it is not surprising that after all this time the victims could not forget the predator's predatory behavior, as traumatic childhood experiences often leave indelible traces.

"The memories of the victims have striking similarities that confirm each other and provide convincing evidence of the accused's active participation in a disruptive care and sexual abuse program for underage girls."

Maxwell was romantically associated with Jeffrey Epstein from around 1992, but then became his "right-wing wife", who administered his property empire and supposedly his trade with minors

Maxwell was romantically associated with Jeffrey Epstein from around 1992, but then became his "right-wing wife", who administered his property empire and supposedly his trade with minors

Her bail application (pictured) was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, alleging that she was not "hiding" from the authorities, was not a flight risk, and was at risk of getting COVID-19 if she continued to be in prison from Brooklyn is being held

Her bail application (pictured) was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, alleging that she was not "hiding" from the authorities, was not a flight risk, and was at risk of getting COVID-19 if she continued to be in prison from Brooklyn is being held

The prosecutor said it was "strange" that Maxwell claimed to have access to millions of dollars and had not offered "a single cent" as collateral for her loan.

They claimed that Maxwell's finances were "completely opaque" and they had not even specified what properties she would use for her loan.

Some of the co-signers are "so rich themselves that it would be no financial burden" if they lost their $ 5 million through Maxwell's bail, the document says.

Maxwell was arrested on July 2 at her $ 1 million home called "Tuckedaway" in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire.

She has reportedly moved 36 times a year since Epstein killed herself in prison for fear of her safety.

The FBI said they kept a quiet eye on her and hit her door during a 8.30am raid.

In their file last Friday, Maxwell's lawyers, Mark Cohen and Jeff Pagliuca, wrote that Maxwell "vigorously opposes the charge, intends to fight it, and is entitled to a presumption of innocence".

They claimed that after Epstein's death last August, the media quickly shifted the focus of attention to our client – wrongly trying to replace Epstein with her – although she has not been in contact with Epstein for more than a decade, she has never been charged with a crime was or was found to be liable in civil proceedings and has always rejected all allegations of wrongdoing. "

They wrote that it was "open season" for Maxwell and that they had received death threats that prompted them to employ security forces.

Maxwell's lawyers also revealed that her family is by her side and that she is close to her nephews and nieces.

Epstein's victims have been demanding Maxwell's arrest for a long time, and lawyers say a number of new prosecutors have come forward since their arrest.

Prosecutors are likely to try to plead with Maxwell to alleviate some of the six charges against her, two of which are perjury for alleged lying during the deposits.

They will ask her about powerful men in Epstein's orbit, including Bill Clinton, with whom she flew on Epstein's private jet "Lolita Express" on a 2002 tour of Africa.

Maxwell was also good friends with Prince Andrew and one of Epstein's victims, Virginia Roberts, claimed that she was borrowed three times for sex with the Duke at age 17.

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