September 22, 2023


Equality opinion

Ghislaine Maxwell shedding her hair from imprisonment: attorneys

Problems in jail are so hard for Ghislaine Maxwell the accused pedophile procurer is getting rid of her hair and is throwing away away to pores and skin and bone, her attorneys complained in a new courtroom filing.

“While her excess weight could at this time be quite steady, she experienced missing about 15 kilos, and she is sustaining hair decline,” wrote lawyer Bobbi Sternheim in the letter to US District Decide Alison Nathan, who is overseeing Maxwell’s sexual intercourse-trafficking circumstance.

The submitting was in reaction to a letter the federal Bureau of Prisons despatched the judge, insisting that Maxwell is perfectly cared for and has maintained a nutritious 134-pound fat although at the Metropolitan Detention Middle in Brooklyn.

Maxwell’s attorneys have commonly complained about the “onerous” conditions of her confinement — which includes recurrent strip lookups, staying awoken each individual 15 minutes by a flashlight at night time to guarantee she’s even now alive and countless foods consisting of no more than bread and butter.

Sternheim wrote that even though her food prepare might be in compliance with BOP coverage now, it was not for the initially 6 weeks of her incarceration. She has been saved in isolation and been denied obtain to training and leisure programs, films, spiritual services and other prospects, the letter states.

“It is noticeable that Ms. Maxwell is bearing the brunt of BOP incompetence,” Sternheim wrote. She said the MDC has “imposed terribly onerous ailments of constraint on Ms. Maxwell to stay away from the catastrophic repercussions of negligence transpiring at the MCC that resulted in the demise of Jeffrey Epstein.”

Maxwell’s alleged co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself at the BOP’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan final calendar year while awaiting demo on sex trafficking rates.

Sternheim demanded that the warden be known as before the court docket to debrief the judge instantly on the disorders.

The back again-and-forth around Maxwell’s confinement comes as her attorneys have renewed her bid for bail.

Soon after her arrest in July on fees she recruited women and ladies to be sexually abused by her and Epstein, Nathan denied her bid for launch on $5 million bond.

In a Nov. 25 letter to the decide unsealed Monday, Maxwell’s attorney Mark Cohen questioned that the bail application be submitted under seal to guard her pals and family members who plan to co-sign the bond.

“They are legitimately worried that if their identities become general public, they will be subjected to the similar relentless media scrutiny and threats that Ms. Maxwell has knowledgeable,” Cohen wrote.

The filing provided examples of a number of loss of life threats from Maxwell posted to social media. The choose has agreed to redact the names of good friends and family members in courtroom papers — but not to seal the total filing.