Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell are expected to argue their client be released on $5-million bond during a hearing today in New York federal court. Maxwell will not appear via remote connection from the Brooklyn jail where she is being held.
Details about what happened when FBI agents showed up to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire are being revealed.
Prosecutors say she tried, “to flee to another room in the house. Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door.”
Inside the home, agents found “a cell phone wrapped in tinfoil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” from law enforcement trying to trace her phone.
The 58-year-old denies accusations that she recruited young girls for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s, and that she is being used as a scapegoat due to her relationship with him.
The British socialite was arrested earlier this month in New Hampshire, and she’s been held in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to keep Maxwell, the former girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, behind bars, saying in court documents that she played an “essential role in sexual exploitation” of minors that “caused deep and lasting harm” to victims. Maxwell vigorously denies the charges, and intends to fight them.
Maxwell has repeatedly renounced any knowledge of sexual abuse, even claiming in court filings that “she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade.” But ABC News finding in court documents that Epstein and Maxwell exchanged seven emails in a month’s time regarding a civil suit just four years ago.