Ghislaine Maxwell offered to pay for guards outside home to stop her from fleeing in desperate bail bid01/01/2021
GHISLAINE Maxwell offered to pay for 24-hour armed guards outside her home to stop her from fleeing in a desperate bid to be freed on bail.
Lawyers told a court that Maxwell would pay for the security guards as part of a $28.5 million bail package, newly unsealed documents reveal.
The socialite, who celebrated her 59th birthday behind bars on Christmas Day, asked to be released on a bond of $22.5 million offered up by her spouse of four years Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend, apparently had further millions pledged by seven relatives and friends, according to a report by CNBC.
She also proposed having armed guards ensure that she remained confined to a New York City residence – and be monitored at all times via an electronic tagging device.
According to the Mirror, Maxwell proposed "on-premises security guards that she would pay for who would prevent her from leaving at any time without prior approval".
But a federal judge ruled to keep her locked up until her July trial date, noting that the package was evidence enough to prove she could flee the country if let out on bail.
Judge Alison Nathan denied bail, claiming Maxwell has a high risk of flight and that she intentionally "misdirected" court workers by undervaluing her assets and her property in New Hampshire where she was arrested.
The wealthy socialite was arrested in July on charges claiming she helped recruit three teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s.
Maxwell was also accused in an indictment that she sometimes joined in the abuse. She has pleaded not guilty and now is awaiting trial in July.
Nathan originally denied bail in a July hearing, forcing Maxwell's defense lawyers to request for bail again just in time for the holidays.
Her lawyers said Maxwell pledged her $22.5 million in assets plus millions more from friends and family, including her four-year-old marriage with tech company CEO Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell's lawyers had cited onerous jail conditions for Maxwell in the second bail application, including searches by guards who also wake her up every 15 minutes when she sleeps.
They also maintain she faces a threat from the coronavirus.
However, Nathan denied the second request for bail for the same reason as she did the first one.
Nathan argued Maxwell "misrepresented" the value of her assets and property, as well as her relationship with Borgerson, which her lawyers all say are reason why Maxwell would stay put in the United States.
The federal judge said Maxwell's charges came with a presumption of detention before trial and said Maxwell's resources and foreign ties as reason not to release her on bail.
Nathan said proof of Maxwell's ties to the United States was strengthened by letters from family and friends, including a husband whose identity was not revealed in court papers.
"By and large, the arguments presented either were made at the initial bail hearing or could have been made then," Nathan wrote.
"In any event, the new information provided in the renewed application only solidifies the courts view that the defendant plainly poses a risk of flight and that no combination of conditions can ensure her appearance."
Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre hailed the news that Maxwell lost her bail bid and she said jail was "where she belongs".
Jeffrey Epstein's "sex slave" also praised the "amazing survivors" who have shown "what bravery looks like" in the face of what she called "wealthy tyranny".
Giuffre – formerly Virginia Roberts – took to Twitter to say she was pleased the former Brit socialite was being "kept under lock & key, where she belongs".
Giuffre, now 36, claims he had sex with the Prince three times when she was 17, however the under-pressure royal, 60, has vehemently denied her allegations.
She has also long claimed Epstein – who killed himself while in jail in August 2019 – trafficked her to several powerful men.
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