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GHISLAINE Maxwell should not be granted bail because she is an "extreme risk of flight" who caused "lasting harm" to Epstein's victims, court documents say.

The British socialite, 58, has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in relation to her relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – but is in court today from 1pm New York time (6pm BST).

The document says: "There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released.

"The defendant poses a clear risk of flight, and no conditions of bail could reasonably assure her continued appearance in this case."

Prosecutors are concerned that if was to be granted bail, she would use her French passport to travel to a European nation that has no extradition to the US.

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  • 'SIGNIFICANT FLIGHT RISK'

    Annie Farmer, one of Maxwell’s alleged victims, also addressed the judge on Tuesday.

    Brit Maxwell, 58, is accused of giving Ms Farmer an un­solicited massage while the girl was topless.

    Farmer echoed prosecutor Moe's sentiments, saying that the “danger Maxwell poses must be taken seriously” and that “she is a significant flight risk.”

    Judge Nathan set a trial date July 12 2021, and the government proposed blocking out three weeks for the trial.

    If the judge grants Maxwell bail, she'll probably remain incarcerated.

  • MAXWELL 'POSED AS JOURNALIST'

    It has emerged that Ghislaine Maxwell “posed as a journalist while in hiding.”

    Prosecutor Alison Moe told the court that a real estate agent told the FBI that Maxwell posed as a journalist called Jen Marshall to purchase a house in New Hampshire in November 2019.

  • MAXWELL PLEADS NOT GUILTY

    Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges as she launched a $5million freedom bid.

    Maxwell was wearing a brown t-shirt and had removed her tortoise-shell framed glasses when she addressed the court via video link today.

    The British socialite Ghislaine entered a not guilty plea at a Manhattan courthouse at 1pm local time.

    When asked how she would like to plea, Maxwell replied: “Not guilty your honor.”

  • TRIAL DATE FOR MAXWELL

    Ghislaine Maxwell's trial will start on July 12, 2021, it has emerged in court today.

    The alleged “pimp” of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein is appearing at a bail hearing today in New York via video link.

    She has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury.

    The British socialite, 58, has not entered a plea yet.

    More to follow…

  • MAXWELL ARRIVES IN COURT

    Ghislaine Maxwell has appeared in court via video to face one of her accusers as the “pimp” launched a $5million freedom bid.

    Maxwell was wearing a brown t-shirt and removed her tortoise-shell framed glasses.

    Her attorney, Mark Cohen, also phoned in for the case.

    Today, Judge Alison Nathan will rule whether Maxwell, 58, will stay behind bars until her trial for allegedly recruiting girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

    “Good afternoon, Judge,” Ghislaine Maxwell said in reply to the judge.

    When being told to alert the judge if she has technical difficulties, Maxwell replied: “Thank you, your honor, I will do that.”

    We'll have all the latest on that here.

  • MAXWELL 'TRIED TO FLEE'

    Ghislaine Maxwell tried to flee when FBI agents arrested her and had wrapped her phone in tin foil to try avoid detection, it was claimed yesterday.

    Court papers filed by prosecutors in New York argued against bail for the heiress – due to answer child grooming charges tomorrow – saying she was an “extreme risk of flight”.

    They said Maxwell was being protected by a security team made up by former members of the British military when she was found – as previously revealed by The Sun On Sunday.

    Prosecutors claimed she had escaped to another room when FBI agents burst into her New Hampshire mansion and placed her under arrest on July 2.

    Read the full story here.

  • MAXWELL BAIL SHOULD BE £80M, SAYS PROMINENT BONDSMAN

    Maxwell's bail request will be rejected because her bond is too low, a prominent New York bondsman has said.

    Ira Judelson said Maxwell should up the $5million (£4million) package she has put forward to $100millon (£80million) if she hopes to secure her release.

    Judelson has arranged bonds for the likes of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and former IMF chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn.

    Speaking to the Mail, he said there was “no way” the judge would accept Maxwell's current offer because “she's a flight risk”.

    Maxwell is due to appear at a bail hearing in New York this afternoon.

  • MAXWELL FINANCES 'OPAQUE', SAY PROSECUTORS

    Ghislaine Maxwell is someone of “considerable wealth” whose finances are “opaque”, prosecutors have argued.

    The claims were made in court papers filed on Monday to a court in New York, where Maxwell is due to appear via video-link for a bail hearing.

    Prosecutors will ask the judge to deny Maxwell bail on the grounds that she is an 'extreme flight risk' and has the means to flee the US if released from custody.

    Maxwell's lawyers are expected to ask that she be released on a £4million bail and placed under home confinement.

  • MAXWELL BAIL HEARING A 'CLOSE CASE'

    Ghislaine Maxwell's attempt to secure bail is a 'close case', a former federal prosecutor has said.

    Maxwell is set to appear at a New York court via video-link at 1pm this afternoon local time.

    Her lawyers intend to ask that she be granted bail, but prosecutors have argued that she is an “extreme flight risk”.

    Speaking to the New York Post, Jaimie Nawaday say: “I think this one is a close case. Epstein had no chance at all at bail.

    “She’s in a very different position.

    “All bail arguments look a little bit different now given COVID. That’s definitely in her favour.

    “More and more there is a push toward home confinement, especially holding people pretrial, when you still have the presumption of innocence.”

  • COULD COVID SET GHISLAINE FREE?

    Ghislaine Maxwell could be freed on bail if she's at risk of catching coronavirus in prison, a former federal prosecutor claims.

    The alleged child sex trafficker may not have to stay in jail while waiting for her trial because of the Covid outbreak in America's federal prison system.

    Her legal team has requested she be freed on £4million bail, saying she is not a flight risk and might be at risk of catching the coronavirus in jail.

    However, prosecutors argue that Maxwell is someone of “considerable wealth” whose finances are “opaque” and who holds more than one passport.

    For more on the story: Read here

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL SET TO APPEAR IN COURT

    Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be arraigned on Tuesday, over charges she conspired with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse girls more than two decades ago.

    She will also learn on whether she’ll be released from jail pending the outcome of her trial.

    The British friend of Epstein is requesting bail, while prosecutors are fighting her release before trial.

    Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan will decide whether or not to leave her locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

  • COVID MASKS 'HELPED MAXWELL STAY HIDDEN'

    Masks being worn by people to guard against coronavirus reportedly helped Ghislaine Maxwell move around unnoticed.

    Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire earlier this month, and is thought to have spent the year since the death of alleged co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein laying low in properties around the US.

    A source said: “She did go out, but not often.

    “Obviously, with the coronavirus, people were wearing masks — it made things easier for her.”

    Read the full report here.

  • MAXWELL 'MOVED HOUSE 36 TIMES IN LAST YEAR'

    Ghislaine Maxwell moved house up to 36 times in the year leading up to her arrest.

    The FBI finally arrested the British socialite at a 156-acre property in Bradford, New Hampshire earlier this month.

    A source close to Maxwell said: “Ghislaine has been ­constantly on the move throughout the last year.

    “She would stay in properties for a few days or a week.

    “She was never running from the Feds. She was ­running from journalists and crazy people who wanted to kill her.

    “It was a serious problem. Her location was on a need-to-know basis.

    “I would say she moved around three times a month — 36 times. She took flights as well.”

    Read the full report here.

  • MAXWELL 'COULD FLEE TO EUROPE IF GRANTED BAIL'

    There is arisk that Ghislaine Maxwell would use her French passport to flee to Europe if granted bail, prosecutors have argued.

    Maxwell, who is due to appear at a bail hearing via video-link this afternoon, reportedly has French, British, and American passports in her name.

    There are fears she could use her right to travel to Europe to reach a country that has no extradition treaty with the US.

    In court papers filed on Monday, prosecutors said: “There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released.

    “The defendant poses a clear risk of flight, and no conditions of bail could reasonably assure her continued appearance in this case.”

  • FOUR OTHER WOMEN ACCUSED OF HELPING EPSTEIN

    Four other women have been accused of helping Ghislaine Maxwell supply young girls to paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    Epstein associates Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, and Nadia Marcinkova are being investigated for their alleged role in his sex trafficking ring, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

    The four have been accused of being his “recruiters, groomers, sexual partners and friends”.

    Responding to the accusations in an earlier statement, Ms Kellen's lawyers admitted that she scheduled appointments for Maxwell and Epstein and was aware of the “pain and damage Epstein caused”.  

    Ms Marcinkova and Ms Ross have exercised their right to remain silent when questioned on the allegations.

    Ms Groff denied having anything to do with Epstein's sexual misconduct through a lawyer in 2019. 

    Read our full report here.

  • MAXWELL 'BEING MOVED BETWEEN CELLS TO STOP HER BEING MURDERED'

    Ghislaine Maxwell is being moved from cell to cell amid fears someone will try to kill her in prison.

    The 58-year-old is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

    A source told The Mail on Sunday: “She is being moved from cell to cell and sometimes has a cellmate, sometimes not.

    “[The authorities] are terrified someone will try to kill her so they keep moving her around.”

    Maxwell's arrest came 11 months after alleged co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a New York cell while awaiting charges for child sex trafficking.

    Maxwell has reportedly had her bed clothes confiscated and been given paper clothes to prevent any suicide attempt.

  • US VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEKING TO SUBPOENA MAXWELL

    The US Virgin Islands is currently seeking to subpoena Ghislaine Maxwell as part of its investigation into abuse carried out there by Jeffrey Epstein.

    Court papers filed on Friday said the island’s Department of Justice was “investigating Maxwell’s participation” in the abuse.

    Maxwell filed a suit against Epstein's estate in the island's courts earlier this year, claiming that he had repeatedly promised to support her financially.

    The court papers added that it was “inappropriate” for Maxwell to “seek payment and reimbursement from the Epstein criminal enterprise while she circumvents the service of process of government subpoenas related to her involvement in that criminal enterprise.”

  • MAXWELL 'CAUSED LASTING HARM TO VICTIMS', SAY COURT DOCS

    Ghislaine Maxwell caused “lasting harm” to Jeffrey Epstein's victims, court documents say.

    The claim was made in papers released ahead of a bail hearing due to take place this afternoon.

    Maxwell will appear via video link at a New York court hearing expected to be attended by at least one of her accusers.

    Prosecutors are set to ask the judge to deny bail.

    “There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released,” they said in court documents.

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL IS AN 'EXTREME RISK OF FLIGHT'

    Court papers filed by prosecutors in New York argued against bail for the heiress – due to answer child grooming charges tomorrow – saying she was an “extreme risk of flight.”

    In Monday's court papers, prosecutors pointed out that as a French passport holder she could escape to the European country – which has no extradition treaty with the US.

    Court papers said: “There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released.”

    For more on the story: Read here

  • MAXWELL WAS BEING PROTECTED BY A SECURITY TEAM

    Ghislaine Maxwell was being protected by a security team made up by former members of the British military when she was found – as previously revealed by The Sun On Sunday.

    Prosecutors claimed she had escaped to another room when FBI agents burst into her New Hampshire mansion and placed her under arrest on July 2.

    Court papers said: “As the agents approached the front door to the main house, they announced themselves as FBI agents and directed the defendant to open the door.

    “Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her.

    For more on the story: Read here

  • FBI AGENTS BROKE DOWN DOOR TO ARREST MAXWELL

    Armed FBI agents have told how they swooped on Ghislaine Maxwell’s remote hideaway, smashing her door down in order to arrest the friend of Jeffrey Epstein.

    They used bolt-cutters to break the lock on a metal gate leading to the secluded property that she paid cash for last December.

    An officer, who wasn't named, told The Mail on Sunday: “We drove at speed up the half-mile driveway in a convoy of 15 vehicles.

    “And let’s just say, we didn’t knock politely on the door. It was smashed down.

    “Maxwell was up and dressed, in the living room, wearing sweat pants and a top.

    “Strangely she didn’t seem to have much reaction. It was like it wasn’t registering with her.

    “She was turned around quickly and cuffed.

    “She was in custody in a matter of seconds.”

  • 'MEANS TO ESCAPE'

    The court papers claimed that Maxwell had the “means” to escape if she was given bail.

    It said she had been “associated” with more than a dozen banks accounts with balances totalling £16million in the last four years.

    Maxwell is set to appear in court in New York tomorrow via video-link from Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre, where she is being held.

  • THE NEXT STEP

    We revealed that Maxwell had paid British security firm The Next Step more than £150,000 – after being introduced through the socialite’s brother Kevin.

    The Next Step bosses denied they had actually supplied security guards, saying only that they had given her “advice”.

    But court papers today said: “The FBI spoke with the security guard, who informed the agents that the defendant’s brother had hired a security company staffed with former members of the British military to guard the defendant at the New Hampshire property, in rotations.”

    Maxwell had not left the New Hampshire mansion since moving in and had provided her security detail with credit cards to buy necessities for her, it was claimed.

    The court paperwork added: “The defendant provided one of the guards with a credit card in the same name as the LLC that had purchased the New Hampshire property in cash.

    “The guard informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property during his time working there, and that instead, the guard was sent to make purchases for the property using the credit card.

    “As these facts make plain, there should be no question that the defendant is skilled at living in hiding.”

  • MAXWELL 'WRAPPED PHONE IN TIN FOIL TO AVOID DETECTION'

    The FBI found a “phone wrapped in tin foil on top of a desk” at the house which they deemed a “seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” by law enforcement.

    Lawyers for Maxwell, 58, are set to argue that she should be freed on £4million bail in return for home confinement, a GPS tracking device and the confiscation of her passports.

    But prosecutors, in today's court papers, pointed out that as a French passport holder she could escape to the European country – which has no extradition treaty with the US.

  • MAXWELL 'TRIED TO FLEE' WHEN FBI ARRESTED HER

    Ghislaine Maxwell tried to flee when FBI agents arrested her and had wrapped her phone in tin foil to try avoid detection, it has been claimed today.

    Court papers filed by prosecutors in New York argued against bail for the heiress – due to answer child grooming charges tomorrow – saying she was an “extreme risk of flight”.

    They said Maxwell was being protected by a security team made up by former members of the British military when she was found – as previously revealed by The Sun On Sunday.

    Prosecutors claimed she had escaped to another room when FBI agents burst into her New Hampshire mansion and placed her under arrest on July 2.

    Court papers said: “As the agents approached the front door to the main house, they announced themselves as FBI agents and directed the defendant to open the door.

    “Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her.

    “Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door in order to enter the house to arrest the defendant, who was found in an interior room in the house.”

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