Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, will remain behind bars until trial after she was denied bail Tuesday on sex abuse charges.
Two Epstein accusers implored the judge to keep Maxwell detained after she pleaded not guilty to the charges during a video court hearing in Manhattan.
Maxwell’s lawyers were fighting to have her released on a $5 million bail.
She has been held without bail since her arrest in New Hampshire on July 2nd.
She was charged with recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997. An indictment alleged that she helped groom the victims to endure sexual abuse and was sometimes there when Epstein abused them. It also alleged that she lied during a 2016 deposition in a civil case stemming from Epstein’s abuse of girls and women.
Prosecutors said in court that Maxwell was a flight risk because of her “undisclosed wealth” and “extensive international ties” that could put her out of the reach of extradition.
The judge set a trial date for July 2021.
ORIGINAL STORY: Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell are expected to argue their client be released on $5-million bond during a hearing today in New York federal court. Maxwell will not appear via remote connection from the Brooklyn jail where she is being held.
Details about what happened when FBI agents showed up to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire are being revealed.
Prosecutors say she tried, “to flee to another room in the house. Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door.”
Inside the home, agents found “a cell phone wrapped in tinfoil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” from law enforcement trying to trace her phone.
The 58-year-old denies accusations that she recruited young girls for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s, and that she is being used as a scapegoat due to her relationship with him.
The British socialite was arrested earlier this month in New Hampshire, and she’s been held in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to keep Maxwell, the former girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, behind bars, saying in court documents that she played an “essential role in sexual exploitation” of minors that “caused deep and lasting harm” to victims. Maxwell vigorously denies the charges, and intends to fight them.
Maxwell has repeatedly renounced any knowledge of sexual abuse, even claiming in court filings that “she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade.” But ABC News finding in court documents that Epstein and Maxwell exchanged seven emails in a month’s time regarding a civil suit just four years ago.