Thursday, October 28

Ghislaine Maxwell Subjected to Sewage in New York Jail, Lawyer Says | Ghislaine maxwell


Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite fighting federal sex trafficking charges in New York, continues to be subjected to sewage, water deprivation, “hypervigilance” by authoritarian guards and other unacceptable treatment in prison, according to her lawyer.

Maxwell, 59, is preparing for a possible trial in November on charges that he obtained four underage girls for sexual abuse by financier Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

In a presentation Tuesday night, Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, said Maxwell was forced to switch cells at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after untreated sewage penetrated her cell last week. .

Sternheim also said that guards can still read Maxwell’s confidential legal documents and monitor his meetings with attorneys, and that neither Maxwell nor his attorneys were allowed water during a four-hour meeting Sunday.

Despite repeated complaints about Maxwell’s treatment, “little or nothing has been done,” Sternheim wrote.

“The ever-changing rules are negatively impacting Ms. Maxwell’s ability to prepare for trial,” added Sternheim. “The hypervigilance of Ms. Maxwell and her attorney during legal visits is highly inappropriate and intrusive.”

Sternheim’s letter was in response to a June 7 letter from prosecutors that she claimed falsely suggested that Maxwell “is being held under favorable and privileged conditions.”

The Manhattan prosecutor’s office Audrey Strauss declined to comment.

Meanwhile, in London, the metropolitan police said they will review allegations that Maxwell trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.

UK broadcaster Channel 4 News said an investigation has found more than half a dozen claims alleging that young women and girls were attacked, trafficked, groomed or abused in the UK by Epstein and Maxwell during a period spanning more than a decade. .

The news outlet said that some victims have provided detailed accounts of their experiences, adding that the evidence comes from a combination of publicly available documentation, eyewitness accounts and interviews.

Channel 4 News said the alleged crimes include serious sexual assault and rape.

Maxwell has denied all criminal charges and has repeatedly, through his attorneys, denied any wrongdoing.

In New York on Wednesday, US District Judge Alison Nathan, who is overseeing Maxwell’s case, ordered prosecutors to publish a redacted version of her letter on Thursday.

Maxwell is the daughter of the late British publishing mogul Robert Maxwell, and Epstein’s former girlfriend and longtime partner.

Nathan has denied him bail three times and twice by a federal appeals court.

Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking charges. The New York City medical examiner called the death a suicide.


www.theguardian.com

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