Ghislaine Maxwell has alleged that her conversations with attorneys in prison were taped and that her chances of getting a fair trial were undermined.
The British celebrity, 58, is currently at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York awaiting trial for her alleged involvement in the crimes of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell was recently taken off the suicide watch but is searched multiple times each day and is under constant surveillance by the guards, her lawyers said.
And in recent court records, her lawyers have alleged that Maxwell's phone calls with her defense attorney were recorded by prison guards.
Ghislaine Maxwell has alleged that her conversations with attorneys in prison were taped, which is undermining her chances of getting a fair trial. Pictured: Maxwell appears on video link in federal court in Manhattan on July 14th
The 58-year-old British celebrity is currently in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured), New York, pending trial for her alleged involvement in the crimes of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein
The file reported by The Sun reads: “(Maxwell) continues to be monitored 24 hours a day by security cameras and several prison guards, many of whom appear to be non-regular MDC personnel.
These prison guards are constantly monitoring Ms. Maxwell and taking notes of any activity, including her phone calls with the defense attorney.
"Your cell is (still) searched several times a day and she had to undergo numerous body scans."
Her lawyers argued the treatment of Maxwell by the Federal Bureau of Prisonsis a response to the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's pre-trial detention and death.
Maxwell (right), who is accused of acting as the "wife" of Jeffrey Epstein (left) by finding young women for abuse and then "training" them to suit his desires, was found in a mansion on July 2nd arrested in New Hampshire
Attorney Chris Everdell wrote in a letter to the New York Post: “Ms. Maxwell is treated worse than other similar pre-trial inmates, severely affecting their ability to prepare a defense. & # 39;
His letter asks that Maxwell be "released for the general public and granted the privileges granted to other pre-trial detainees."
Everdell also requested that she be given more computer time to review the tons of documents relating to her case.
His team asks that she be given the names of three anonymous women who they accuse of grooming and abusing her.
"Maxwell cannot prepare for or receive a fair trial without this information," argued her lawyers.
It comes after a judge shot down Ghislaine Maxwell's recent attempt to delay the unsealing of potentially explosive documents on Wednesday.
Her legal team claimed they had discovered "critical new information" that would affect both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil defamation case.
New York judge Loretta Preska denied Maxwell's motion, writing in a two-page order in which Maxwell "knows that her Ipse-Dixit is not a compelling cause for relief," the Latin term meaning that an allegation is made without evidence.
On Monday evening, the former British celebrity tried to delay the unsealing of documents relating to a defamation suit brought against her in 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein's “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
New York judge Loretta Preska denied Maxwell's motion, writing in a two-page order in which Maxwell "knows that her Ipse-Dixit is not a compelling cause for relief," the Latin term meaning that an allegation is made without evidence
Her legal team did not go into detail about what they might have discovered. It only announced that they learned of the information last Friday and that they were under a court order.
Judge Preska had already ordered a ton of unsealed court documents last month, and more documents will be unsealed in the coming weeks as non-parties and parties in the papers get due process to object to the seal.
The 58-year-old had fought with all her might to keep the latest documents under lock and key, in particular her deposit and that of a Jane Doe.
In a flood of files at the last minute, she managed to keep the bomb deposits secret a little longer.
New York judge Loretta Preska denied Maxwell's motion, writing in a two-page order in which Maxwell "knows that her ipse-dixit is not a compelling cause for relief," the Latin term meaning that an allegation is made without evidence. Last month, Preska ordered a series of unsealed documents relating to a defamation lawsuit against Maxwell brought against Jeffrey Epstein's & # 39; sex slave & # 39; Virginia Roberts Giuffre (right) had filed against Maxwell.
Jeffrey Epstein was originally charged with sex trafficking in Florida in 2006, before facing a 53-page FBI charge the following year.
In 2008, he was offered a controversial plea in which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for recruiting underage prostitutes.
In July 2019, he was arrested again and charged with sex trafficking when he was taken to a maximum security prison in Manhattan.
On August 10, he was found unconscious in his cell with neck injuries and later died in a suicide officially classified as suicide.
Epstein had been on suicide watch but was deposed a few days before his death on condition that he was placed with a cellmate and monitored closely.
But the day before his body was found, his cellmate was stripped, not replaced, and the guards failed to check him.
Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein's "wife" by finding abuse young women and then "training" them to suit his desires, was arrested on July 2 in a New Hampshire mansion.
The celebrity, who once mingled with celebrities, presidents and royalty at high-class parties, was relocated on July 6 to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, once described by a judge as "like a third world country."
The prison guards, different from those in whom Jeffrey Epstein died last year, were jailed for rape of female prisoners, while the prison lost power for an entire week last winter and locked inmates in freezing, dark cells stayed.
Maxwell faces a total of six counts – four related to child trafficking and two of perjury for lying under oath about trafficking in human beings during a previous litigation.
If she is convicted on all charges, she will face bars for up to 35 years.
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