Ghislaine Maxwell latest news: Socialite faces bail hearing today as she is labelled an 'extreme risk of flight'
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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 set for a bail hearing today at 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.

Meanwhile, four women have been accused of helping Ghislaine Maxwell supply young girls to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, and Nadia Marcinkova are being investigated for their alleged role in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph.

Follow for all the latest news and updates on the Ghislaine Maxwell case…

  • 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.”

  • BAIL AND ARRAIGNMENT HEARING TOMORROW

    Maxwell is due to appear for a bail and arraignment hearing in the case tomorrow.

    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.

    They also claim she is a person who appears to be “skilled at living in hiding.”

  • NEW COURT DOCUMENTS

    A new court document released today 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.”

    Maxwell, the daughter of late British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, is being held at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre.

  • A 'DEFINITE FLIGHT RISK'

    Ghislaine Maxwell should not be granted bail because she's a “definite flight risk” who caused “deep and lasting harm” to Epstein's victims, court docs 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.

    Prosecutors in New York insist Maxwell is a “definite flight risk” and should not be granted bail, in new bombshell court docs which have been released today.

  • MAXWELL UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR SEX TRAFFICKING AT EPSTEIN'S PEDO ISLAND

    Ghislaine Maxwell is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands for her alleged participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

    The heiress, 58, already facing six charges in New York relating to the paedophile billionaire’s abuse, is also facing serious claims in the Caribbean, it emerged today.

    Officials on the islands gave notice of their investigation in a court filing on Friday, July 10, as they seek to intervene in a lawsuit she filed against Epstein’s estate.

    Court papers said that the island’s Department of Justice “is investigating Maxwell’s participation in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse conduct”.

  • PRISON LIFE FOR MAXWELL

    Maxwell's prison day begins at 6am and inmates are ordered to make beds by 7.30am, an orientation handbook obtained by the Mail on Sunday reveals.

    Inmates are restricted to one pair of trainers per year along with one radio or MP3 player – a far cry from the lavish lifestyle Maxwell has become accustomed to.

    Maxwell's breakfast choices are “grits, wholewheat toast and fruit”.

    Her phone calls will be limited to 15 minutes per day, with 300 minutes available each month.

    She could be searched for weapons at any time and is banned from having any “nude or sexually suggestive” photos.

    It comes after the Brooklyn jail's former warden revealed Jeffrey Epstein's so-called pimp should prepare for the worst as fellow inmates will see attacking her as a “badge of honour”.

    Her new location, with a capacity of 1,600 men and women, has had its share of famous residents, including singer R. Kelly, accused of sex abuse.

    And an ex warden at the jail said it is well known among Bureau of Prison staff for its problems over the years.

    He called it “one of the most troubled” federal facilities in the prison system with a “unique history of staff misconduct”.

  • EPSTEIN: CLINTON 'OWES ME SOME FAVOURS'

    Epstein once joked that Bill Clinton owed him a few favours according to one of the predator's victims.

    Virginia Roberts, said she once asked Epstein why it was that he and Clinton were such good pals.

    She claims he laughed and replied: “He owes me some favours.”

    Clinton has admitted meeting Epstein on six occasions, including a “brief visit” to his New York home.

    However there is no accusation of any crime nor is there any suggestion Clinton knew of Epstein’s sick attacks.

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL MOVES TO HIDE 'HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE'

    Maxwell has made a move to block court documents revealing the names of “hundreds” of people linked to her ex-lover and paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.

    She is hoping to keep secret a 418 page testimony that she gave at a defamation case with alleged victim Virginia Giuffre.

    If allowed in court then the documents would be unsealed, meaning that names and Epstein's private jet's flight logs would be in the public domain.

  • MAXWELL UNDER INVESTIGATION IN US VIRGIN ISLANDS

    Maxwell is reportedly under investigation for her activities in the Virgin Islands, where Epstein abused young women.

    The Caribbean territory gave notice of its investigation in a court filing Friday in which it seeks to intervene in a lawsuit she filed against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, according to Bloomberg.

    The socialite sued earlier this year seeking reimbursement for legal fees she was incurring, claiming Epstein had repeatedly promised her that he would support her financially.

    The island’s Department of Justice “is investigating Maxwell’s participation in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse conduct,” according to the July 10 filing. It’s also using the case to subpoena Maxwell, a process the government said she has evaded since March.

  • WHO IS ANNIE FARMER?

    Annie Farmer is due to address a judge to oppose Maxwell's bid to be released on a £4million bail.

    She is one of the alleged victims who will get a chance to address Manhattan federal judge Alison Nathan over the phone

    A source said: “They are ­horrified that Maxwell could go free and will do everything to stop it.”

    Maxwell denies the allegations and her lawyers will argue that she has no criminal record and is at risk of coronavirus – so should be granted bail.

    Annie and her older sister Maria were both allegedly abused by Epstein after meeting him in the 90s in the New York.

    They were the first ones to report Epstein to the FBI in 1996 – but he was not convicted of any sex abuse until 2008.

    Speaking earlier this year in Netflix documentary Filthy Rich, Maria said: “I told them everything and I could tell that he believed me, so I really believed that he was going to take care of this.

    “And then we just actually did not hear back.”

  • EPSTEIN'S JOKE ABOUT 'CLINTON FAVOURS'

    Bill Clinton is one of a string of rich and famous people feeling the heat over his association with the dead paedo and his alleged madam Maxwell.

    The former US leader is not accused of any crime, and there is no suggestion he knew of Epstein’s sick attacks.

    But one of the predator’s victims, Virginia Roberts, said she once asked Epstein why it was that he and Clinton were such good pals.

    She claims he laughed and replied: “He owes me some favours.”

    Epstein even had a provocative portrait of Bill Clinton in a dress and heels hanging in his New York mansion, reports claim.

  • 'MAXWELL WILL BE GRANTED BAIL'

    Criminal defence attorney Joe Tacopina dismissed stories of the risk of danger of assassination and said it was more likely that Maxwell would be granted bail.

    “If I were a betting man I would bet that she is going to be granted bail” he told Fox News.

    Maxwell argues that coronavirus has made attorney visits almost impossible and poses a serious risk.

    Maxwell's attorney's have asked that she be placed on a $5million bond, would surrender her passports and be placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

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