Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged former madam of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, suffered yet another setback in court on Tuesday when a judge rejected her request to be moved into the general population of the New York City prison where she has been housed for the past month.
CNBC reported that Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan officially denied Maxwell’s request transferred from solitary confinement into the general inmate population of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. The judge also denied a request made by Maxwell’s legal team asking that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons monitor her in the same manner that the agency monitors other detainees in that jail.
In their initial request, Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that the 58 year-old British socialite’s ability to prepare for her own trial has been hampered by the fact that she is being held under strict restrictions that include her being constantly watched, often by BOP psychologists.
Judge Nathan, however, was not having any of it. In her denial of the request, she wrote that Maxwell “has provided the Court with no evidence, and no reason to believe, that the surveillance measures are motivated by improper purposes.”
Not stopping there, Nathan went on to reject a request made by Maxwell’s lawyers that prosecutors be forced to release the identities of three women whose claims of being abused by Epstein after Maxwell recruited them as underage girls form the basis of the pending criminal case against her. Nathan ruled that the request for this disclosure was “premature” in the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in July of 2021.
Nathan previously remanded Maxwell to prison until her trial after deeming her to pose a significant flight risk, given her immense wealth and international connections. She was arrested last month on six charges related to her grooming young girls for sex with Epstein, and sometimes joining in the abuse herself.
Epstein committed suicide in prison in August of last year while awaiting trial on his own sex charges. In arguing for Maxwell to be released into the prison’s general population, her lawyers had argued that unlike Epstein, she had never shown signs of being suicidal.
“Ms. Maxwell has been treated less favorably than a typical pretrial detainee, and this has impacted her ability to assist in her defense,” her lawyers claimed in their now-rejected request. “It has become apparent that the BOP’s treatment of Ms. Maxwell is a reaction to the circumstances surrounding the pretrial detention and death of Mr. Epstein.”