Ghislaine Maxwell claims prison conditions are fit for serial killer: 'I'm treated worse than Hannibal Lecter!'
Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in prison currently awaiting trial claimed on Thursday, April 1, that her prison conditions would fit the likes of Hannibal Lecter from 'The Silence of the Lambs'. The character was played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, where is he kept in his cell with a table and art stationery. As per Maxwell's lawyers, the 59-year-old "poses no threat to anyone." Maxwell's bail was rejected for the third time and as per The Daily Mail, her lawyers made these claims in a 31-page document they had filed to overturn the said rejection.
Furthermore, other big names involved in similar scandals were brought up by her lawyers who claim their client is a "victim of sexism." They say that celebrities such as Bill Cosby and John Gotti were given bail, but their client is being denied hers. This isn't the first time we're hearing about how Maxwell's lawyers have claimed she's being mistreated at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center.
Her lawyer's earlier claims include Maxwell losing her hair and weight and that she's being kept in isolation and being given "inedible" food. Things don't look too good for Maxwell who recently had more to deal with when she faced two new sex trafficking charges earlier this week. She now has eight counts to face and has already pleaded "not guilty" to six before that.
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'Poses no threat to anyone'
Maxwell compared her condition to Lecter's who was kept in a cell at the Baltimore Hospital for the Criminally Insane along with glass walls that had holes through which he could speak to visitors. Maxwell was yet again denied bail because Judge Alison Nathan said that she was a flight risk. Jefferey Epstein's alleged madam's trial is set to begin in July.
Furthermore, court filings also reportedly reveal that Maxwell is being woken up every 15 minutes to be searched using a flashlight. The water in her taps are also allegedly "cloudy" with one of Maxwell's lawyers, David Oscar Markus, saying her conditions are "nightmarish".
The Daily Mail reported that he said, "Though she is a model prisoner who poses no danger to society and has done literally nothing to prompt ''special'' treatment, she is kept in isolation – conditions fitting for Hannibal Lecter but not a 59-year old woman who poses no threat to anyone."
The lawyer also reportedly spoke of the sexism in the court filings saying, "The truth is that wealthy men charged with similar or more serious offenses, many of whom have foreign ties, are routinely granted bail so that they can effectively prepare for trial. Bernie Madoff. Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. John Gotti. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Adnan Khashoggi."
He added, "The list goes on and on. In each case, the court set reasonable conditions of bond and the defendants appeared, despite similar arguments by the government that the defendant faced serious charges or that the evidence was strong or that he had foreign ties or that he had great wealth. Ms. Maxwell is entitled to the same opportunity as male defendants to prepare her defense."
When Maxwell was arrested by the FBI last July, she was "living peacefully" in her home worth $1 million in New Hampshire. He also spoke of the late mogul who committed suicide in prison writing that the so-called "Epstein Effect" had "clouded the judgment of the prosecutors into charging Ms. Maxwell because it needed a scapegoat." The publication's article HL reads a quote that supposedly seems to be from Maxwell, "I'm treated worse than Hannibal Lecter!"
The lawyer alleged that his client Maxwell was being charged since Epstein is dead as a "substitute". Calling it a "striking passage," The Daily Mail reported that Markus wrote, "Perhaps never in the history of the US Justice System has the public relations imperatives of the government permitted such wildly inappropriate and unconstitutional treatment of an innocent human being." He added, "Ms. Maxwell's continued detention would be wrong at any point in this nation's history, even when stealing a loaf of bread was a felony."