Ghislaine Maxwell branded 'psychopath who will flee country' by 'Epstein victim' ahead of $28m bail hearing
GHISLAINE Maxwell has been branded a "psychopath who will flee the country" by an alleged Epstein victim – just days before her $28million bail hearing is expected.
The socialite, who allegedly groomed young girls for Jeffrey Epstein, filed a bail application at a district court in Manhattan earlier this month.
Her spouse of four years Scott Borgerson offered a $22.5million personal recognizance bond secured by about $8million in property and $500,000 in cash.
References from 17 people, including a former SAS soldier, a wealthy British businessman and an author, have been provided to judge Alison Nathan, who could decide Maxwell's fate as early as tomorrow.
They describe the socialite as "a woman of principle", "someone… to be held on a pedestal", and an "inspiring" environmental campaigner, The Times reports.
But, one alleged victim has branded Maxwell a "psychopath" who will flee justice if granted bail.
The socialite allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old Annie Farmer at Epstein's 7,500-acre ranch in New Mexico.
Ms Farmer, who has waived her right to anonymity, alleged: "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," the 41-year-old alleged.
"Fleeing the country in order to escape once more would fit with her long history of antisocial behaviour," she claimed.
If she is not granted bail, Maxwell faces a miserable Christmas at Brooklyn’s tough Metropolitan Detention Center, in New York where she will turn 59.
She was previously denied bail on July 14, with judge Alison Nathan branding the socialite a "serious flight risk" and her finances "opaque".
Her lawyers say Epstein's "madam" is being subjected to "extraordinarily onerous" treatment while awaiting trial.
It was reported that the Brit socialite's legal team would head to court "within days" to try and win her freedom before Christmas.
Borgerson proposed a bail bond of close to $25million as security which the couple would forfeit if Maxwell went on the run, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Maxwell’s family – including her brothers Kevin and Ian – are reported to have agreed to post a further $5m in guarantees.
It's claimed she wants to be bailed under a form of house arrest and will agree to wear an electronic tag.
A security consultant, who has pledged $1million towards the bail package, claims Maxwell kept a "low profile" after Epstein took his own life in August 2019 because she had become the target of "aggressive behavior" by elements of the media.
"This kind of behavior is not only harassing but can be life threatening," he said.
“A good example is the case of Princess Diana, who unfortunately lost her life due to press intrusion into her."
Another Brit, described as "one of her closest confidants and advisers", said: "I would not hesitate to leave any of my kids or grandkids in her care."
A third backer said the socialite isn't a "chicken" as "the idea of not 'facing the music' is totally against the values of every single Maxwell."
Maxwell denies all the allegations against her.
She has pleaded not guilty to recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, according to an indictment.
The socialite also pleaded not guilty to perjury for denying she was involved under oath.
If she's convicted during the trial scheduled for July 2021, Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison for her alleged crimes.
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