Ghislaine Maxwell is appealing against her sex trafficking conviction because her ‘inhumane’ treatment left her physically unable to defend herself.
DailyMail.com can reveal that the disgraced socialite will claim she couldn’t help “meaningfully” in court because the grim conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she was held for her trial, left the prison so sleep deprived and left exhausted.
The appeal will suggest that this was the reason she did not testify at her trial for recruiting and trafficking underage girls for the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The appeal, which is expected to span hundreds of pages, is due late Tuesday in federal court in New York, where Maxwell was found guilty after a trial last January.
DailyMail.com can reveal Ghislaine Maxwell is appealing her sex trafficking conviction because her ‘inhumane’ treatment in prison left her physically unable to defend herself
The disgraced socialite will claim she couldn’t help ‘meaningfully’ in court because the grim prison conditions left her so sleep deprived and exhausted
She is represented by Arthur Aidala, the New York attorney who is also representing Harvey Weinstein in his appeal against his conviction before a Manhattan jury.
Bruised Maxwell can be seen in this photo of her alleged abuse in prison
Aidala said Maxwell was an “active” participant working on her appeal from her cell at FCI Tallahassee in Florida, where she is now serving her 20-year sentence. She was transferred after her convictions.
Maxwell was found guilty of conspiracy to seduce and transport minors to travel to perform illegal sexual acts, transporting a minor to engage in illegal sexual acts, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and sex trafficking of a minor.
During her sentencing, Judge Alison Nathan, who presided over the trial, called her crimes “heinous.”
Maxwell, 61, has always maintained her innocence and said in a prison interview that she wished she had never met Epstein, her ex-boyfriend.
Maxwell’s lawyers repeatedly complained about her condition in Brooklyn jail as she awaited trial.
The appeal will claim she was held in solitary confinement “under inhumane conditions,” including sleep deprivation.
By the time the trial came, she was so exhausted that she was “unable to meaningfully assist in her own defense, let alone testify,” the appeal will argue.
Maxwell’s lawyers repeatedly complained about her conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn as she awaited trial
Maxwell, 61, is serving 20 years after being found guilty of sex trafficking and soliciting underage girls for the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein
In previous legal filings, Maxwell’s lawyers said she “wasted away to a shell of her former self” awaiting trial.
They claimed that her hair was falling out, that she was losing weight, and that she had to scrub the showers as punishment.
She claimed that she had never had a “properly reheated meal” and that every meal she received melted to the plastic in the microwave.
Maxwell also complained about being kept awake by shining a flashlight in her face every 15 minutes throughout the night, which kept her awake, saying that the water behind bars was “fragrant and not appetizing” and all that. cloudy from heavy particles’ that it went brown.
Judge Nathan largely dismissed the claims and in court Maxwell seemed alert and engaged, at one point even meeting a journalist while sitting with her lawyers.
One of the other claims in the appeal will be that the trial violated a non-prosecution agreement signed by Florida federal prosecutors under which Epstein served 13 months in prison in 2008 for having sex with underage girls.
Maxwell will claim that a juror in her case “hid” the fact that they had experienced childhood sexual abuse and then used it to convince the other jurors of Maxwell’s guilt.
There will also be claims that she has been made a “plenipotentiary” for Epstein, who hanged himself while awaiting trial in July 2019.
The convicted felon is housed in the FCI Tallahassee Women’s Penitentiary in Florida, pictured. Maxwell, known as prisoner 02879-509, works six hours a day in the library to pass the time
Maxwell now has daily access to the prison’s sports facilities, including the 400m running track where she has seen long hours of running
Maxwell was arrested a year later at a $1 million mansion in Bradford, New Hampshire called Tuckedaway, which she bought while living with her estranged husband, Scott Borgerson, a former technology mogul.
According to reports, the ex-couple, who married in 2016, divorced and Maxwell only got $1 million of the $22 million she was worth before her trial.
However, a source close to Maxwell denied the divorce was finalized, saying “there is no settlement” and declined to comment further.
Within FCI Tallahassee, Maxwell, known as inmate 02879-509, works six hours a day in the library to pass the time. She was refused a job at a government call center because the prison authorities decided that it should not go to a convicted sex offender.
As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Monday, she was put in solitary confinement for two days for an interview that aired on British television. Prison authorities believed she had broken the rules by being paid and released her from the Special Housing Unit when they realized she had not.
Now back to the general population at the low-security prison, she has daily access to the prison’s sports facilities, including the 400-meter running track where she has seen one-hour jobs.
Maxwell has used her Oxford University education to win over some of the 755-strong prison population, who don’t seem to mind being genteel.
She is dating con artist Linda Morrow, who helped her husband, a plastic surgeon, defraud insurers of $44 million by pretending that cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and “vaginal rejuvenations” were a medical necessity.
Another confidante is Narcy Novak, a 65-year-old Florida woman serving life without parole for hiring hitmen to kill her hotelier husband Ben Novak Jr. and murder his elderly mother Bernice in a grab for their family estate.