Jeffrey Epstein's 'Pimp' Ghislaine Maxwell is Being Treated Like Hannibal Lecter, Her Lawyer Claims
"Many of the officers are openly hostile toward her and have mentioned having read the press and seen various television shows which amplify their hostility", Bobbi C Sternheim wrote in the seven-page letter.
Mrs Sternheim emphasised that her client's "reprehensible" prison conditions are inappropriate for a woman on the cusp of turning 60 and said that if Maxwell's detention continues, she won't have the "stamina to assist in her defence and endure the physical demands of five-day per week, multi-week court proceedings".
In April, lawyers released a photo Maxwell that purportedly showed her with a black eye. Last week, her brother Ian Maxwell claimed that guards had "abused" his sister.
"I don't see Ghislaine administering a black eye to herself… I think she has suffered some occasional physical abuse at the hands of her guards", he said.
Bobbi C Sternheim once again asked the federal judge to grant bail to Maxwell. Judges previously rejected all pleas, deeming the 59-year-old a flight risk. They remained adamant even after her legal team revealed that Maxwell would give up her French and British paspports.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell and Why Does Her Trial Matter?
The accusations, which spanned years, didn't lead to trials until 2019, when Epstein was arrested on charges of running a sex trafficking network of minors. His accusers claimed that Epstein lured them into the hands of a millionaire promising them a well-paid job at his house. Some women alleged that Maxwell not only groomed them but took part in the abuse.
Epstein's alleged victims didn't get justice – the financier hanged himself in custody a month after he was arrested. His death prompted numerous conspiracy theories. According to one, he was killed by his powerful friends, who feared they may be implicated in his crimes. Epstein's past friend Prince Andrew has been accused of wrongdoing by one of the financier's purported sex slaves.
Thus, Ghislaine Maxwell is the only person who can shed light on Epstein's crimes. Her trial is scheduled to start on 29 November. She faces eight charges, including sex trafficking of minors and enticing minors as young as 14 to engage in illegal sex acts. She claims she is innocent and insists that the prosecution has made her a scapegoat for Epstein's crimes.