Ghislaine Maxwell requested release on bail of $ 5 million, claiming that she was "not Jeffrey Epstein." She hadn't contacted the pedophile in more than a decade before killing herself and was the victim of a press smear campaign.
Maxwell, 58, lawyers pleaded for her release on Friday when Epstein's former girlfriend and close associate "vigorously contested" all charges against her.
Her application, which was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, states that she has not "hidden" from the authorities, has never left the U.S. since Epstein's arrest in 2019, and is not a flight risk.
It is also argued that if she continues to be held in Brooklyn prison, she is at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.
The filing takes place eight days after the authorities came across their luxury home in New Hampshire, where the prosecution claims they were hiding and accused them of luring underage girls to allow Epstein to sexually abuse them.
Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in 2013, applies to be released on bail of $ 5 million. She claims she is "not Jeffrey Epstein," had not contacted the pedophile for more than a decade before killing herself, and is the victim of a press smear campaign
Maxwell's lawyers made their proposal to release her on Friday for a $ 5 million bail secured against US $ 3.75 million real estate.
They claim in the file that Maxwell had had no contact with the pedophile for more than 10 years prior to his apparent suicide.
These allegations occur despite the filing of a separate lawsuit by one of Epstein's prosecutors, which shows that Maxwell and Epstein did not email each other until 2015.
The bail request also claims that Maxwell was the victim of a media smear campaign and it was the media – not the authorities – that the suspect hid from last year.
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 imprisoned by Brooklyn is being held
Maxwell's 58-year-old lawyers spoke out for her release on Friday when Epstein's former girlfriend and close associate "vigorously contested" all charges against her (bail request above).
Ankle pendants and travel ban if released
Ghislaine Maxwell has applied to be released under the following conditions:
- A $ 5 million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and friends, and backed by just under $ 4 million of real estate in the UK.
- House arrest on a property in the New York area.
- She will hand over all travel documents to the public prosecutor.
- It will have an electronic label, which means that it can be monitored by GPS at any time.
- Visitors to their bail are limited to immediate family members, close friends and lawyers.
- She will only travel to law firms and law firms.
- Any other trip requires permission and is restricted to the New York area.
They claim that they received threats and were followed by the press after they became "open season" after Epstein's death.
They argue that she has no criminal record, emphatically denies any allegations made against her by several women, and poses no risk of being a flight risk.
& # 39; Epstein died in federal custody, and the media focus quickly shifted to our client – who mistakenly tried to replace Epstein with her – even though she hadn't been in touch with Epstein for more than a decade and had never been charged with a crime or was she found liable in civil proceedings and has always rejected allegations of wrongdoing, ”wrote her lawyer Mark Cohen.
"Sometimes the simplest point is the most critical: Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein."
Cohen continued: “Since Epstein's arrest, Ms. Maxwell has been at the center of a violent rush of press articles, television specials, and social media posts in which she is portrayed in the worst possible light and her guilt is anticipated. The sheer volume of media coverage Ms. Maxwell is mentioned in is breathtaking.
"She saw helicopters fly over her house and reporters hid in the bushes."
The file denies that Maxwell was in hiding and says that she has been "in regular contact" with the federal government since the day after Epstein's arrest.
This contradicts the authorities' claims that the British-born celebrity has been hiding at the New Hampshire Retreat since July last year, where she changed her phone number and email address, and ordered delivery packages under a different name.
Maxwell is currently detained at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (pic)
The filing takes place eight days after the authorities came across their luxury home in New Hampshire, where the prosecution claims they were hiding and accused them of luring underage girls to allow Epstein to sexually abuse them
THE STATEMENTS AGAINST MAXWELL
- Conspiracy to convince minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (maximum sentence 5 years)
- Seducing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (20 years)
- Conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
- Promotion of a minor intending to engage in criminal sexual activity (minimum 10 years, maximum life)
- X 2 counts of perjury (x 10 years)
THE FACTS & # 39;
According to prosecutors, Maxwell cared for three girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997.
They are not mentioned in the indictment, but are said to have targeted them in London, Florida, New York, and New Mexico.
Maxwell should make friends with the girls by asking them about their life and schooling. She would reassure them by taking them to the movies and shopping, and winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, they say.
To "normalize" the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls and asked them sexual questions.
It not only made it easier for Epstein, the prosecutors say, but also participated in the abuse.
The alleged sexual abuse includes "sexualized group massages".
The indictment also says that Maxwell "felt obliged" to the girl Epstein by encouraging her to take money from him and make him pay for her education and travel.
The prosecutor has described Maxwell – who has US, UK and French passports – as an "extreme flight risk" that should remain detained pending trial.
A court document arguing against the bail stated that she had at least 15 bank accounts that she had had or had associated with in the past four years alone.
Maxwell's request also says that if she continues to be held behind bars in her "hell hole" in Brooklyn, she is at risk of contracting coronavirus.
Their health is said to be at "serious risk" – indicating 68,000 cases of COVID-19 infections in the US prison population in the past month.
The file also claims that due to restrictions on lawyer visits and phone calls during the pandemic, she cannot get a fair trial and cannot properly prepare her defense.
The bail terms put forward by Maxwell's team state that the bond of "six financially responsible persons … (with) strong ties to Ms. Maxwell" will be signed and secured against ownership in the UK.
It is not yet clear who all six people are except for "siblings, relatives and friends", two of whom are her sisters and who continue to "stand by her" and "do not believe the allegations against her".
The file states that they would not leave New York, hand over all travel documents, and be locked up in a New York mansion at home, where they would wear a GPS tracker and would only be visited by immediate family, close friends, and lawyers.
A hearing on the bail request is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the Federal Court in Manhattan.
Maxwell is currently detained at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center.
She is accused of getting three underage girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997 and having sex with them herself.
She previously dismissed similar allegations before a civil court.
Maxwell had been low since Epstein's death last year, but was picked up from her New Hampshire luxury home last week.
She was romantically associated with the pedophile from around 1992, but then became his "right-wing wife", who administered his property empire and allegedly his trade with minors.
Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan last August.
His death was classified as suicide, but his lawyers and some family members claim that he was murdered to prevent him from sharing what he knows about other high-profile, powerful people.
Maxwell was arrested in the luxurious mountaintop house called Tuckedaway in front of tiny Bradford in New Hampshire
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