NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ghislaine Maxwell can’t be trusted to be freed on bail whereas going through fees she helped advance Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse, and deserves no “particular remedy” as a result of she may contract COVID-19 in jail, U.S. prosecutors mentioned on Monday.
Prosecutors urged Maxwell’s continued detention sooner or later earlier than her scheduled arraignment on fees she helped the late financier recruit and finally abuse women from 1994 to 1997, and lied about her position in depositions in 2016.
Maxwell is in federal custody on the Metropolitan Detention Heart in Brooklyn. She was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, the place authorities mentioned had been hiding out at a 156-acre (63-hectare) property she purchased final December.
Legal professionals for Maxwell urged on Friday she be freed on $5 million bond, topic to house confinement with digital monitoring.
However prosecutors mentioned her wealth, a number of citizenships and being “expert at residing in hiding” made her an “extraordinary” flight threat.
“The court docket ought to take the proposed bail bundle for what it’s price: nothing,” prosecutors mentioned.
Prosecutors additionally mentioned Maxwell didn’t deserve favored remedy over detainees on the Brooklyn jail who, in contrast to her, have medical situations making COVID-19 a higher threat.
Maxwell faces as much as 35 years in jail if convicted.
Epstein hung himself final Aug. 10 at age 66 in a Manhattan jail, whereas awaiting trial on fees he sexually exploited dozens of women and girls from 2002 to 2005.
In Friday’s submitting, Maxwell’s legal professionals mentioned she had at all times denied being concerned in misconduct associated to Epstein.
Additionally they mentioned she was shielded by Epstein’s 2007 plea settlement with federal prosecutors in Miami, which coated “any potential co-conspirators.”
The Manhattan prosecutors referred to as that declare “absurd,” saying they weren’t sure by the settlement, and Maxwell’s indictment coated conduct from a number of years earlier.
Former prosecutor Duncan Levin mentioned Maxwell confronted an uphill battle for bail, citing public stress and “the huge variety of victims” allegedly harmed by Epstein.
Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, and Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Enhancing by Tom Brown