Ghislaine Maxwell not allowed to wear a bra, made to wear paper clothes in prison over suicide risk
There are fears over Ghislaine Maxwell attempting suicide while she awaits trial in prison.
The alleged madam of late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is currently being held in prison at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Maxwell is currently awaiting trial after she had been charged with grooming victims for Epstein to later exploit and abuse. It has been alleged that the fears over her harming herself have resulted in her being forced to wear paper clothes and no bra while inside the jail. These claims have been made from public relations veteran and a close family friend, Brian Basham, after she was denied bail for a second time this year by a federal judge.
Basham shared that Maxwell has reportedly lost 25lbs while in prison and has recently gone around 20 hours without food, as per Telegraph. He added that when she complained, the prison staff had removed her scales to stop her from being able to record any weight loss. He also said that letters from her family and relatives have not been reaching her and she has been kept in isolation in a cell that measures nine-foot by seven-foot. Basham's comments come as Maxwell was rejected bail as she poses a "flight risk". Judge Alison Nathan had ruled that Maxwell poses a "serious flight risk".
The judge had taken into account Maxwell's wealth, possession of citizenship in various countries as well as the charges she faces before denying bail. These were the same reasons that had been considered by Judge Nathan when Maxwell had first applied for bail in July. At the time, Nathan had said in her ruling in Manhattan federal court, "The Court... finds that the Defendant’s proposed bail conditions would not reasonably assure her appearance at future proceedings."
Maxwell had also celebrated her 59th birthday behind bars on Christmas Day and had asked to be released on a bond of $22.5M which was offered by her husband of four years, Scott Borgerson. She also had several more millions pledged by some of her relatives and friends, CNBC reported.
She had also suggested that she could have armed guards to make sure that she remained confined to her New York City residence and also be monitored throughout via an electronic device. As news of her bail denial spread, Prince Andrew and Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre said that jail is "where she belongs".
The former sex slave of Epstein also complimented and praised the "amazing survivors" who have displayed "what bravery looks like" in the face of "wealthy tyranny". One alleged victim has dubbed Maxwell as a 'psychopath' who will evade justice should she be given bail.
Maxwell has been accused of sexually assaulting Annie Farmer when he was 16 at Epstein's ranch in New Mexico. Farmer, who is now 41, said, "She (Maxwell) has lived a life of privilege, abusing her position of power to live beyond the rules. She will not hesitate to leave the country irrespective of whether others will be on the hook financially for her actions because she lacks empathy and, therefore, simply does not care about hurting others. I believe that she is a psychopath."
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty in the case.