Ghislaine Maxwell, who is jailed for being an alleged associate of notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been turned down for bail for the fifth time in a row. Now, according to her lawyers, the living conditions at the facility are reportedly deplorable.
TW: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been denied bail for the fifth time since being taken in to custody last July.
Her latest request was denied on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, by a three-judge panel at the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, New York. Her lawyers are reporting that her living conditions are a "complete disaster".
Now, we all know where this horror story began.
The now infamous Jeffrey Epstein, who made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm, was convicted for a range of sex crimes in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to molesting an underage girl.
Epstein's crimes were far-reaching and varied.
via: NetflixBut, by 2008, he has been convicted for running an underage prostitution ring connected to a number of high powered individuals. Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
But this wasn't the end of his legal troubles.
On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested again for the trafficking of minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
Many were looking forward to justice being served.
via: GettyEpstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout. For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy offenders.
Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.
Other men involved with Epstein included political figures such as Bill Clinton...
And, even more controversially, Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein's high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren't too convinced.
However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends...
via: ShutterstockHe was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
It was initially presumed that Epstein's death was a suicide...
Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix in May last year catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
The documentary gave several of Epstein's victims a platform they had never had before...
And they each detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being sexually assaulted while giving Epstein and his friends "massages."
Many huge names were yet again circulated throughout the documentary...
And the involvement of Epstein's ex-girlfriend and close friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, now fifty-nine, were outlined even further.
Now, in the months following Epstein's death, Maxwell remained firmly hidden and out of the public eye...
via: NetflixAnd, at that time, she wan't reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
But this didn't quite add up...
Because a large majority of Epstein's victims had insinuated that Maxwell had been the one to "recruit" the often underage girls.
So, people were delighted when the news broke of her arrest.
It was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
The British socialite was taken straight into custody...
She was described as a flight risk during the hearing, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
She was also charged for repeatedly lying about her involvement in the trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
If found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five-years behind bars.
However, on July 14th, Maxwell pleaded not guilty.
via: NetflixAt a hearing via video link, the disgraced socialite remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
Yet she was still denied bail.
US federal prosecutors said that she is an "extreme" flight risk and should remain in custody, as per the BBC.
Well, her most recent request was June 2nd, 2021, and was denied again, for the fifth time.
Meanwhile, her trial was originally scheduled to start next month, but it has been postponed to November 2021 after her lawyers requested more months to prepare. They had faced major setbacks during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Well, as you'd expect, Maxwell's time in prison hasn't been an easy one.
The former socialite's lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued in January that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is "excessively and invasively" monitored twenty-four hours a day.
Ghislaine Maxwell seeks dismissal of criminal case, cites Epstein agreement https://t.co/K9gXZn4rIE https://t.co/CEibPVsqOt— Reuters (@Reuters)1611697507.0
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
In her letter, Sternheim then said:
The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are so heinous, she needs to remain in prison until her trial date, at the ve… https://t.co/rYFGYtX11c— DorindaAVYS (@DorindaAVYS)1611673141.0
Maxwell has repeatedly appealed for bail...
U.S. appeals court rejects Ghislaine Maxwell's latest bail request https://t.co/6M8RWd6JKU https://t.co/5E3ApsSBF4— Reuters (@Reuters)1619559904.0
But all have been rejected so far. The most recent was on June 2nd 2021.
Although federal officers don't agree, Maxwell's lawyers say she is facing horrible prison conditions.
Whilst also dealing with the constant waking, her lawyers further stated that Maxwell's cell does not have any drinkable water, while the cell also permanently stinks of sewage.
"We all know the truth - this is due to the Epstein effect. Because Epstein died on the jail's watch, it has decided to torture Ghislaine. That's wrong," her lawyer David Oscar Markus stated.
The guards have accused her of keeping her cell dirty and refusing to flush the toilet, which she completely rejected, blaming the stench on decaying pipework.
Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail and hearing on jail conditions— Bigfish (@trebillion) June 2, 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell will remain in a New York jail after a federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected the latest request for bail.
Maxwell, 59, faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted https://t.co/j7WO8Sd1wy
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