Ghislaine Maxwell proposes a $ 28.5 million bail bundle and proclaims innocence

© Reuters. Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her trial in federal court in Manhattan in New York

From Jonathan stamp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialist who faced criminal charges, helped her source girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse a New York prison earlier that year.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Maxwell also announced that she has been married since 2016 and that she would place a $ 22.5 million bond with her husband, representing combined assets, to admit her bail request support.

Most of the remaining deposit would be guaranteed by friends and family.

The file also states that Maxwell "vehemently upholds her innocence" and poses no aviation risk, although media who "ruthlessly slandered and anticipated her guilt" tracked her in far more articles than comedian Bill Cosby and film producer Harvey Weinstein their arrest.

"Ms. Maxwell is not far from who the media portrayed her for," the file says. "Ms. Maxwell wants to stay in New York and spend her day in court so she can clear her name and get back to her family."

A spokesman for incumbent US attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.

Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and care for underage girls ages 14 and up to engage in illegal sexual activity in the mid-1990s.

Your trial is slated to begin in July 2021. If convicted, she faces up to 35 years in prison.

US District Judge Alison Nathan could rule on Maxwell's bail application this month.

The judge denied bail on July 14 and agreed with prosecutors that Maxwell posed a significant aviation risk, citing her opaque finances and "sophistication" in hiding her assets and herself.

Authorities arrested Maxwell on July 2 at her New Hampshire home. Prosecutors said she used it as a hiding place and hid her identity in order to buy it.

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Maxwell has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since July, where she was quarantined last month after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Her lawyers said Maxwell has suffered from weight and hair loss, has been subjected to repeated and invasive searches, and does not have adequate protection from COVID-19, which now affects 80 inmates and staff.

Prison officials said Maxwell's health was good and she was being treated like other inmates.

In the file filed on Monday, Maxwell suggested living in domestic detention with an acquaintance in New York City under 24-hour security and electronic surveillance.

The file states that Maxwell waived her extradition right and therefore "cannot seek refuge" in the United Kingdom and France, where she is a national.

It was also said that the lack of "meaningful" new documentary evidence presented by the government since her arrest "reinforces" Maxwell's belief that she was falsely accused.

Maxwell's bail request was filed on December 8th and parts of the published version were blacked out.

Her lawyers said this was done to keep her husband, friends, family and co-signers for their bonds safe, and Maxwell himself received online death threats.

In a letter to the judge, Maxwell's husband said that Maxwell disappeared from the public eye for security reasons out of "publicly appalling" media interests prior to her arrest.

"Twitter comments were especially annoying," he added.

Prosecutors have until December 16 to respond to Maxwell's bail request.

Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.

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