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Maxwell denied bail on charges of luring girls for Epstein; accusers denounce her

By Jonathan Stempel, Karen Freifeld and Brendan Pierson

 

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FILE PHOTO: Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York speaks alongside William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office, at a news conference announcing charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein in New York City, New York, U.S., July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday denied bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate charged with luring young girls so the late financier could sexually abuse them, after she pleaded not guilty at a hearing in which two women decried her actions as heinous.

 

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan rejected Maxwell's bid for bail, agreeing with prosecutors that the wealthy socialite posed a flight risk. Maxwell, the judge said during a hearing lasting more than two hours, has "demonstrated sophistication in hiding her resources and herself."

 

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell, 58, of helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997 and lying about her role in depositions in 2016. Nathan set a trial date for July 12, 2021.

 

Maxwell appeared by video from the Brooklyn jail where she is being held. She appeared tired, with her hair pulled back, and was wearing a brown T-shirt and tortoiseshell glasses.

 

Arrested on July 2, Maxwell has been charged with six criminal counts, including four related to transporting minors for illegal sexual acts and two for perjury. Nathan said the evidence at this stage "appears strong" against Maxwell, who faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

 

Two women who have accused Maxwell of enabling their abuse testified at the hearing. One of them, Annie Farmer, said Maxwell "has never shown any remorse for her heinous crimes" and that "the danger Maxwell poses must be taken seriously."

 

"She is a sexual predator who groomed and abused me and countless other children and young women," Farmer told the court.

 

In a statement read to the court by federal prosecutor Alison Moe, an unidentified second woman said, "Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey could not have done what he did." The woman said she knew Maxwell for more than 10 years and still felt threatened, adding, "If she is out, I need to be protected."

 

'OFF THE GRID'

Maxwell's lawyers had sought a bail package including a $5 million bond and home confinement with electronic monitoring.

 

"No combination of conditions could reasonably assure her presence in court," the judge said in ordering continued confinement.

 

"The defendant has the ability to live in hiding. She's good at it," Moe said in arguing against bail.

 

Moe added that Maxwell has demonstrated she can "live off the grid, indefinitely." Moe said it took a year after Epstein's arrest to find Maxwell.

 

Prosecutors said her wealth and multiple citizenships - American, French and British - also supported the need for detention.

 

Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend and longtime associate, was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said she was hiding out at a sprawling property she bought in December in an all-cash transaction with her identity shielded.

 

"Not guilty, your honour," Maxwell said after the judge asked for her plea.

 

In seeking bail, defence lawyer Mark Cohen complained about the conditions at the Brooklyn jail where she had been held since July 6, saying Maxwell was being kept in a room with the lights on at all times and at one point was not allowed to shower for 72 hours. The defence also argued Maxwell could contract COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in jail.

 

Epstein was charged in July 2019 with sexually exploiting dozens of girls and women from 2002 to 2005 at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. He hanged himself on Aug. 10 at age 66 in a Manhattan jail.

 

Prosecutors accused Maxwell of luring girls by asking them about their lives, schools and families and taking them shopping or to movies - acts, they said, that served as "the prequel" to Epstein's abuse. Epstein has been linked socially to several powerful figures including President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew.

 

Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's most prominent accusers, said of Maxwell in a statement after the hearing, "The rest of her life should be spent behind bars."

 

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, Karen Freifeld and Brendan Pierson in New York and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Writing by Tom Hals; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Will Dunham)

 

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Makes sense she has the funds to run and support herself + she has French citizenship they won’t extradite a French citizen.also imo she is easier to get to in prison by the rich and connected 

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47 minutes ago, Tug said:

Makes sense she has the funds to run and support herself + she has French citizenship they won’t extradite a French citizen.also imo she is easier to get to in prison by the rich and connected 

Why didn't she run before she got arrested? Looks like she has the means and she had plenty of time 

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I am glad that she was denied bail, She likely has more hidden passports

at the ready outside of the USA, as well as money. Once gone it would be hard to

bring her back to the country. Hey I just think of the Red Bull kid and that says

it all.

Geezer

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1 hour ago, rvaviator said:

She probably thought she was safe in her hideout .... Over confident ....

Possibly, but unlikely.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Maxwell denied bail on charges of luring girls for Epstein

 

If the time-wasting buffoons at the FBI were up to speed on cutting-edge crime fighting and fugitive catching….they would have had a BMW Smart Car on the case. She could have been arrested months ago…jailed awaiting trial...and would almost certainly have committed suicide by now.

 

 

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1 hour ago, rvaviator said:

She probably thought she was safe in her hideout .... Over confident ....

 

She had immunity from the first trial of Epstein for any crimes 2001 to i think 2007, she did not expect pre or post dated crimes to blow up in her face and from transcripts of the initial hearing seems totally freaked out shes on the hook... certainly over confident.. she will cut a deal ive no doubt but like JE there are extremely powerful people who will want her dead rather than talking. 

 

I will be amazed if one other high profile elite "client" does any time over it though, but if I were Billy Clinton id be sweating randy Andy I doubt is so much as Royals mores the pity are a well known protected species. 

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6 minutes ago, Hayduke said:

 

If the time-wasting buffoons at the FBI were up to speed on cutting-edge crime fighting and fugitive catching….they would have had a BMW Smart Car on the case. She would have been caught months ago…and would have committed suicide by now.

 

 

 

They have been observing and gathering info, they have known where she has been the entire time... if your going to arrest someone this powerful with such high connections it had better be a well documented and as water tight as possible case. Epstein island has provided much new info and they have it all.  

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Posted (edited)
14 minutes ago, englishoak said:
19 minutes ago, Hayduke said:

 

If the time-wasting buffoons at the FBI were up to speed on cutting-edge crime fighting and fugitive catching….they would have had a BMW Smart Car on the case. She would have been caught months ago…and would have committed suicide by now.

 

 

 

They have been observing and gathering info, they have known where she has been the entire time... if your going to arrest someone this powerful with such high connections it had better be a well documented and as water tight as possible case. Epstein island has provided much new info and they have it all.  

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Sar´casm

n.

1.

A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest.

 

 

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She's going to be the Scapegoat that's for sure. 

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7 minutes ago, Hayduke said:

 

Maybe have another cup of coffee....

Sar´casm

 

n.

 

1.

 

A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest.

 

 

Indeed, as was mine but maybe too dry. 😉

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