Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed that her treatment in prison is so bad that it would be ‘right for Hannibal Lecter’.
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam claimed the circumstances while awaiting trial would be appropriate for the fictional serial killer in “ The Silence of the Lambs. ”
But they are not suitable for a ’59-year-old woman who poses no threat to anyone, ‘Maxwell’s lawyers claimed.
They suggested she is a victim of sexism because high-profile male inmates charged with serious crimes, such as Bill Cosby and mob boss John Gotti, got bail when she wasn’t.
The claim was made in a 31-page document filed by Maxwell’s attorneys at the Second Circuit appeals court in New York as they sought to overturn a judge’s rejection of her third bail attempt.
Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed her treatment in prison is so bad it would ‘suit Hannibal Lecter’
In the Oscar-winning ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, Lecter, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, was held in his own cell at the Baltimore Hospital for the Criminally Insane. In the movie, Lecter’s cell had reinforced glass walls with holes in them so he could talk to visitors
Judge Alison Nathan again denied Maxwell earlier this month, saying she remained a flight risk.
Maxwell’s attorneys have repeatedly and verbally complained about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she will be held until the trial, which begins in July.
They have said that she is losing her hair and losing weight because the prison food is not edible.
According to court documents, the water in the faucets is cloudy, Maxwell is kept isolated, and she is woken every 15 minutes to be searched by a flashlight.
The latest allegations were made in a letter from David Oscar Markus, one of Maxwell’s attorneys, calling her terms “ nightmarish. ”
He said, “ Although she is a model prisoner who poses no danger to society and has done literally nothing to lead to ” special ” treatment, she is kept in isolation – conditions befitting Hannibal Lecter, but not for a 59-year-old woman who poses no threat to anyone ‘.
In the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, Lecter, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, was held in his own cell at the Baltimore Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
But while the cell was simple, it sounds less grim than Maxwell’s lawyers claim her treatment is.
In the movie, Lecter’s cell had reinforced glass walls with holes in them so he could talk to visitors.
There was a writing desk and he was given art supplies that he used to draw pictures and to hang on the walls.
Maxwell’s attorneys have repeatedly and verbally complained about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
In Hannibal Lecter’s cell was a writing table and he was given art supplies with which he made drawings and hung on the walls
In the lawsuit, Markus claimed that high-profile men detained by federal prosecutors were treated much differently than Maxwell.
He said: “ The truth is that wealthy men accused of similar or more serious crimes, many of whom have foreign connections, are routinely bailed so that they can effectively prepare for trial. Bernie Madoff. Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. John Gotti. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Adnan Khashoggi.
The list goes on. In any case, the court set reasonable terms for the bail and the defendants appeared, despite similar arguments from the government that the defendant was facing serious charges or that the evidence was strong or that he had foreign ties or that he owned great wealth. Mrs. Maxwell is entitled to the same opportunity as male defendants to prepare her defense. “
Markus claims that Maxwell was living ‘peacefully’ in her $ 1 million home in New Hampshire – which she bought through an anonymous company to hide her identity – when she was arrested last July by an FBI ‘SWAT team’ .
He writes that the “ Epstein Effect ” had clouded prosecutors’ judgment to charge Ms. Maxwell for needing a scapegoat ” after Epstein hanged himself awaiting trial.
Markus claims that Maxwell was charged as “Epstein’s replacement” and that prosecutors “are reversing charges” because their main target died.
In a striking passage, Mark’s letter says, “Perhaps never in the history of the American legal system have the government’s public relations demands allowed such an extremely inappropriate and unconstitutional treatment of an innocent person.”
Her lawyers suggested she is a victim of sexism because prominent male inmates charged with serious crimes like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein got bail when she wasn’t.
Maxwell, accused of acting as Epstein’s ‘madam’ by him finding young women to abuse and then ‘training’ them to fulfill his desires, was born on July 2, nearly a year after his death. , arrested.
In similar hyperbolic language Mark claims, “Mrs. Maxwell’s continued detention would be wrong at any point in the history of this country, even if stealing a loaf of bread was a crime. ‘
He adds that it is “ mainly unfounded now ” because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A positive part of Maxwell’s circumstances highlighted in Mark’s letter is that the prison is now properly heating up its microwave meals.
Previously, they had overheated them, which melted the plastic in the food and made it inedible.
Earlier this week, Maxwell was hit by two new charges for conspiracy of sex trafficking and sex trafficking of a minor.
She now faces eight counts and has pleaded not guilty to the previous six.
Her lawyers complained this week about the new charges with attorney Bobbi Sternheim calling them a “ shocking, unfair abuse of power ” for getting so close to her trial.