The decide denies bail for the accused confederate Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her trial in which she was denied bail for assisting Jeffrey Epstein in the recruitment and eventual abuse of underage girls in federal court in Manhattan on July 14, 2020 in New York in this court sketch.
Jane Rosenberg | Reuters
A federal judge on Monday denied bail for the second time this year for Ghislaine Maxwell, the wealthy British celebrity accused of grooming underage girls in order to be sexually assaulted by money manager Jeffrey Epstein.
Judge Alison Nathan noted that when Maxwell first denied bail in July, that given her wealth, nationality in multiple countries, and the severity of the charges she faces, she poses a serious aviation risk.
The rejection came three days after Maxwell celebrated her 59th birthday on Christmas Day in a federal prison in Brooklyn.
In her most recent bail motion, Maxwell requested the release of a $ 22.5 million personal note of appreciation and an additional $ million from seven relatives and friends.
She also suggested that armed guards make sure she stays in a New York residence and is monitored with an electronic device.
Prosecutors firmly denied the motion, and Nathan agreed to their order in Manhattan federal court on Monday.
“The court … finds that the defendant’s proposed bail conditions would not adequately guarantee her appearance in future trials,” wrote Nathan in the judgment.
“The Court concludes that none of the new information provided by the defendant in support of its request has a material bearing on the Court’s finding that it constitutes an aviation risk.”
Maxwell, who was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2nd, pleaded not guilty to the case.
In addition to allegations related to allegedly recruiting and caring for several underage girls for her ex-boyfriend Epstein in the 1990s, Maxwell is charged with perjury for alleged lying during a deposit of a lawsuit filed by an Epstein prosecutor.
She is due to stand trial next year.
The 66-year-old Epstein died in August 2019 in a federal prison in Manhattan as a result of a suicide by hanging.
At the time of his death, Epstein was being held without bail for trafficking in children.
Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, previously pleaded guilty to Florida charges of including paying an underage girl for sexual services.
In this case, he was imprisoned for 13 months but was released for much of that time on account of being fired.