Ghiselin Maxwell claimed to be in the closet of his New York prison, claiming that he was being watched by guards who did not appear to be “regular workers” in the prison where he is being detained.
Lawyers for Ms. Maxwell, 58, have written a motion to Judge Allison Nathan stating that her client will be transported to the general prison population at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Ms. Maxwell’s legal team claims she has been subjected to multiple searches a day and is under constant surveillance by guards – despite being recently taken to suicide watch.
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Lawyers say that Ms. Maxwell is being “treated less favorably than a typical pretender” because of her situation and the circumstances surrounding the death of her former colleague, Jeffrey Epstein. Ms. Maxwell is accused of grooming young girls for Epstein.
A coroner ruled that Epstein died in 2019 while awaiting trial for several sex offenses. But an investigation into the death of the notorious financier revealed a host of security failures allegedly by prison staff who were supposed to supervise him.
Ms. Maxwell has been charged with a total of six counts: conspiracy to lure minors, and conspiracy to lure a minor, traveling to engage in illegal sex acts; Conspiracy to transport minors, and transportation of minors, with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two antigens.
She pleaded not guilty to all charges and was denied bail at a pre-hearing in July.
In the letter submitted to Judge Nathan, Ms. Maxwell’s attorneys claim that her client has been subjected to “specific circumstances”.
She is “singly confined to an area outside the general population.” [of inmates] For the entire 36-day period… and there is no indication that this will change, ”the letter says.
Ms. Maxwell is constantly seen on CCTV by many prison guards, many of whom do not appear regularly [Metropolitan Detention Center] Personnel. These prison guards look at Ms. Maxwell and pay attention to her every activity ”.
Ms. Maxwell was recently woken up every few hours in the middle of the night and “forced to wear special clothes” – a reference to clothing worn by prisoners considered a suicide risk.
After running for almost a year, Ms. Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in a New Hampshire mansion.
He was then transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on 6 July and has since been held in solitary confinement.
Reports claimed that an entire floor of the prison has been vacated to accommodate Ms. Maxwell while she awaits her trial, which is scheduled for July 2021.