Ghislaine Maxwell was “bodily abused” by a correctional officer throughout a routine search in jail, her lawyer claimed on Tuesday. Maxwell, the previous associate of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein, was then threatened with retaliation after saying she would report the incident, the lawyer added. Bobbi Sternheim made the allegation in a letter to New York decide Alison Nathan complaining about Maxwell’s circumstances on the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn. “Not too long ago, out of view of the safety digital camera, Ms. Maxwell was positioned in her isolation cell and bodily abused throughout a pat down search,” Ms Sternheim wrote. Per week later the identical group of guards “ordered” Maxwell right into a bathe “to scrub, sanitize, and scrub the partitions with a brush,” the lawyer added within the letter. Maxwell’s legal professionals have repeatedly complained about their shopper’s jail circumstances within the hope of getting her launched on bail. Ms Nathan most just lately denied bail in December, deeming Maxwell a flight danger. Her attorneys say she is subjected to extreme surveillance, together with a flashlight pointed at her cell each quarter-hour from 9:30 pm to six:30 am. Maxwell is accused of recruiting underage women for Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019 whereas awaiting trial on sex-trafficking prices. The daughter of late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell is because of go on trial this summer season though it could be delayed because of the pandemic. Prosecutors additionally accuse the British socialite of mendacity in testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed in opposition to her by long-time Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre. Maxwell, 59, faces as much as 35 years in jail if convicted within the prison case, which covers alleged crimes from 1994 to 1997.