By Tony Winterburn • 18 December 2020 • 21:09
US Prosecutors Warn Ghislaine Maxwell is an “extreme flight risk” and Should NOT Get Bail.
U.S. prosecutors insist Ghislaine Maxwell, the former associate of Jeffrey Epstein charged with helping enable his sexual abuses, should remain in jail and have urged a federal judge to reject her proposed $28.5 million bail package. In a filing lodged with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, prosecutors said the charges against Maxwell are “incredibly serious,” the evidence against her is strong, and that she poses an “extreme flight risk.”
Maxwell, 58, has been living in a Brooklyn jail since July, when she pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom underage girls for sex in the mid-1990s, and not guilty to perjury for having denied involvement under oath. The British ex-socialites’s trial is scheduled for next July- she faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
In a bail application made available to the public on Dec. 14, Maxwell proposed living with electronic monitoring in a New York City residence, and under 24-hour guard to ensure she remains safe and does not flee.
The bail application also said Maxwell “vehemently maintains her innocence,” and wanted to fight allegations based on uncorroborated testimony about events occurring more than 25 years ago. Prosecutors, however, labelled the request as a “repackaging” of arguments Maxwell made in July when U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected her proposed $5 million bail package- the same Judge will also decide Maxwell’s latest request.
Maxwell has proposed posting a $22.5 million bond, representing all assets belonging to her and her husband, secured by $8.5 million of property and cash. All the remaining bail would be posted by friends, family and a security specialist.
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