Ghislaine Maxwell is in isolation in Brooklyn prison for her own safety, prosecutors say, rejecting claims that she is treated ‘worse’ than other inmates
- Maxwell’s attorneys say she is under 24-hour surveillance and numerous body scans are conducted at the Metropolitan Detention Center
- Prosecutors say Maxwell was isolated for reasons of ‘safety, security and orderly functioning of the facility’
- Earlier this week, it was reported that she is no longer on duty in prison
Federal prosecutors have said Ghislaine Maxwell is isolated for her own safety because they reject claims made by her lawyers that she is treated worse than other inmates in the Brooklyn prison where she is being held.
Prosecutors yesterday dismissed claims that she is being treated “ worse ” than other inmates at the Brooklyn prison, and is being held on charges that she facilitated the sexual abuse of underage girls by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In a letter dated August 10, Maxwell’s lawyers objected to her being monitored 24 hours a day and countless body scans at the Metropolitan Detention Center, despite no longer suicide watch, saying that they are more likely to be among the general population than with hear her. cell 21 hours a day.
Prosecutors said Maxwell was isolated for reasons of “ safety, security and the orderly functioning of the facility, ” and that it was appropriate to keep a close eye on new detainees who were “ very likely ” to face many years in prison.
Maxwell’s lawyers say she is monitored 24 hours a day and numerous body scans are conducted at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Maxwell wants to be moved to the general population and get more computer time so she can prepare a defense against allegations that she helped boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein trade girls for sex (file)
Nonetheless, they said prison officials agreed to give Maxwell 13 hours a day to review material for her scheduled July 2021 trial, instead of the normal three hours.
Prosecutors also said they acted “ decisively ” in handing over materials, and Maxwell may request victims’ names and file other motions in December after the discovery is completed.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan on Thursday, prosecutors also said it was “ premature at best ” to demand that they identify three alleged victims named in Maxwell’s indictment.
Maxwell’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Maxwell is complaining about the conditions in the prison where she is being held leading up to her sex crime trial.
The 58-year-old British socialite was recently removed from suicide watch but is subjected to multiple searches every day and is under constant surveillance by guards, her lawyers said.
The searches and surveillance should be stopped, her lawyers said, asking for her to be released from solitary confinement and placed with other inmates.
Ghislaine Maxwell complains about being held in solitary confinement and being kept under constant surveillance in a ‘hell-hole’ prison in Brooklyn (seen in a recent court sketch)
Her legal team says she is only subjected to the “ harsh ” circumstances because boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein died pending trial, in what was ruled a suicide.
They claim she has “ never been suicidal and never diagnosed as risk factors for suicide, ” but still wakes up every few hours at night and is forced to wear special clothes.
She’s also been forced to undergo body scans, attorney Chris Everdell wrote in a letter seen by the New York Post, and is even observed while calling her lawyers.
‘Mrs. Maxwell is treated worse than other remand inmates in similar circumstances, which has a significant impact on her ability to prepare a defense, ”he said.
His letter asks that Maxwell be “released to the general population and given the privileges given to other remanded detainees.”
Everdell also requested more computer time to view the piles of documents related to her case.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and ultimately abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committed perjury by denying her involvement under oath.
Epstein was hanged in a Manhattan prison last August at the age of 66, awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell is separately asking a federal appeals court to block the release of a separate lawsuit from a 2016 statement about her sex life, saying publicity could make a fair trial impossible. Oral arguments are scheduled for September 22.