Ghislaine Maxwell is denied bail by US judge

Ghislaine Maxwell is denied bail by US judge

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, who had already denied Maxwell bail back in July, said she "again concludes that no conditions of release can reasonably assure the defendant's appearance at future proceedings".

A United States judge has turned down a $28.5m (£21.4m) bail package by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who is awaiting trial on sex crime charges.

"The risks are simply too great", Nathan found, following a hearing where Maxwell pleaded not guilty to six charges accusing her of grooming and abusing Epstein's victims and lying about it under oath. Her trial is scheduled for July 12, 2021.

Earlier this month, Maxwell's attorneys filed a motion asking Judge Alison Nathan to grant Maxwell a $28.5 million bail, including 24-hour security and Global Positioning System monitoring.

She was arrested in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at her secluded New Hampshire home in July over claims she played a central role in procuring underage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s.

Submitting many of their arguments under seal, Maxwell's lawyers contended that revealing the names or identifying information about the friends and family supporting their clients' renewed bail application would put them at risk.

Maxwell had proposed a $US28.5 million ($A37.7 million) bail package, including home confinement with electronic monitoring and 24-hour guard to ensure she remained safe and would not escape.

Maxwell said she wanted to stay in NY to clear her name, while her lawyers objected to jail conditions including invasive searches and surveillance by flashlight-toting guards who woke her every 15 minutes to ensure she was still breathing.

Maxwell called Ms. Roberts Giuffre's accusations "absurd" and "one giant tissue of lies".

In her order denying Maxwell's bail, Nathan reiterated concerns of Maxwell being a flight risk that she had initially raised during the first bail request.

Prosecutors had strongly opposed the second bail attempt, arguing that Ms Maxwell's considerable wealth demonstrated she could "absolutely afford" to flee.

"Prior to her arrest, Ms. Maxwell and her spouse had discussed the idea of getting a divorce as an additional way to create distance between Ms. Maxwell and her spouse to protect him [REDACTED] from the awful consequences of being associated with her", Cohen wrote.

Epstein had largely evaded any consequences for abusing girls when he took a plea deal in 2008 on charges that he hired an underage prostitute in Palm Beach, Fla.

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