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Epstein affair: Ghislaine Maxwell, the billionaire’s ex-collaborator, victim of “violence” during a prison search

Lawyer Bobbi Sternheim  continues to denounce the conditions of detention imposed on this 59-year-old woman,  indicted in the United States for trafficking in minors.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-collaborator of Jeffrey Epstein, indicted in the United States for trafficking in minors, suffered “physical violence” during a recent search in her cell, her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said on Tuesday (February 16th) . According to her, her client is “at the mercy of a group of guards”  in her Brooklyn jail.

Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, has indicated her intention to report the incident, but “the guards threatened her with disciplinary action,” said the lawyer in a letter to the judge in charge of the case. And a week later, the same team of guards “ordered him to clean his shower, disinfect it and scrub the walls with a broom”  in retaliation.

The lawyer also believes that his client is subject to exaggerated surveillance, including a lamp that sweeps the ceiling of her cell every 15 minutes, from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., because of suspected suicide risks.

Trial expected in July 2021

The financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sexually abusing dozens of minors in his luxurious residences, was found hanged dead in his cell in August 2019. The investigation concluded in a suicide and dysfunctions in the surveillance of the prison from Manhattan where he was incarcerated. 

Arrested in New Hampshire in July 2020, after several months on the run, Ghislaine Maxwell is suspected of having recruited teenage girls for him in several cities around the world. His trial is due to start in July. She will face six charges, including trafficking in minors and incitement to prostitution.

Jimmy Curd

Jimmy Curd is a features editor at iPress USA, where He oversees The Broadsheet newsletter and edits the publication’s long-form storytelling, as well as its coverage of gender and business.

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