Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell are urging a choose to free her to await trial below a $28.5m (£21.4m) bail package deal that would come with armed guards to make sure she stays protected and doesn’t flee her New York Metropolis residence.
The bail arguments on behalf of the British former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, first filed below seal final Tuesday, have been publicly launched late on Monday in Manhattan federal courtroom with redactions that have been authorized by Decide Alison J Nathan.
They have been supported by quite a few letters from household and buddies who insisted that Maxwell sought seclusion in New Hampshire in December 2019 after receiving demise threats and was nervous that the general public and media would discover her on the house the place she lived together with her husband.
A safety specialist who provided to pledge $1m towards the bail package deal and to offer armed safety for Maxwell if she was launched on bail mentioned she retreated right into a again room of her residence when the FBI approached on 2 July as a result of it was thought reporters had discovered her.
Maxwell, 58, is scheduled to face trial in July on fees that she recruited three teenage women for Epstein to abuse within the mid-Nineteen Nineties.
Her first try at securing bail shortly after her July arrest was rejected.
The legal professionals mentioned Maxwell and her husband, with whom she has been dwelling for many of the previous 4 years, have been providing a bail package deal partially consisting of a $22.5m private recognizance bond secured by $8m in property and $500,000 in money. They mentioned it represented the entire couple’s belongings, together with three properties.
The husband was not recognized in courtroom papers, however a monetary report amongst reveals mentioned they married in 2016 and that Maxwell had put nearly all of the $20.2m in belongings she had in 2015 right into a belief managed by her partner. It mentioned the belongings, $16m of which was in money or equities, have been price $22.5m on 31 October.
The monetary report additionally famous that prosecutors of their preliminary bail submission cited transfers totalling greater than $20m from 2007 to 2011, describing them as transfers from Epstein’s accounts to Maxwell’s accounts and vice versa.
The monetary report famous that Maxwell throughout these years acted as an officer of varied company entities associated to plane and air journey related to Epstein and there have been substantial transfers involving these company entities.
The identities of seven different shut family and friends members who the legal professionals mentioned have been keen to pledge about $5m of their very own belongings towards the bail package deal have been additionally not revealed. The legal professionals mentioned bail would come with digital monitoring.
“Ms Maxwell vehemently maintains her innocence and is dedicated to defending herself,” the legal professionals wrote. “She needs nothing greater than to stay on this nation to struggle the allegations in opposition to her, that are based mostly on the uncorroborated testimony of a handful of witnesses about occasions that passed off over 25 years in the past.”
To help the bail request, the legal professionals included a letter from Maxwell’s partner. They mentioned the letter tells how Maxwell was compelled to depart her household and drop out of public view, not as a result of she was eluding legislation enforcement, however due to “the extreme media frenzy and threats following the arrest and demise of Jeffrey Epstein”.
In a single letter connected to the bail request as an exhibit, a person wrote: “Her love for … her husband was a principal motive that she stayed shut by as doable whereas combating for her innocence.
“I can attest that when she moved, it was at all times and solely as a result of concern of being found by the press or ‘vigilantes’ – the concern was palpable,” the unidentified particular person wrote. “The one motive that she was compelled to seek out quiet locations to be in all this time, is as a result of howling ‘mobs’ screaming for her ‘scalp’ on Twitter and different social media retailers.”
The person added: “She has by no means hid from the authorities and is annoyed that she by no means had the chance to speak to them personally to counteract all of the lies pouring out within the media.”
Epstein killed himself in a federal Manhattan jail in August 2019 as he awaited trial on intercourse trafficking fees. He was 66.
A spokesperson for prosecutors declined to remark.