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Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers request bail, arguing she 'is not Jeffrey Epstein'

Ghislaine Maxwell clothes bedsheets confiscated to prevent her from committing suicide

Maxwell, 58, is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, right across the river from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, where Epstein was in custody while facing sex-trafficking charges until his death in August 2019.

The security surrounding Maxwell's detention is far more intense than normal and as suggested by a former warden at the Brooklyn prison, Maxwell should be put on suicide watch.

Maxwell has not yet entered a plea, but her lawyers wrote in Thursday's filing that she "has always vehemently denied that she was involved in illegal or improper conduct related to Epstein".

"In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to and including at least in or about 1997, MAXWELL assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to MAXWELL and Epstein to be under the age of 18", the indictment read.

"The simplest point is the most critical one", her attorneys wrote. "The sheer volume of media reporting mentioning Ms. Maxwell is staggering", Cohen wrote.

Maxwell, 58, filed her request in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, eight days after being arrested in New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding at a sprawling property she bought while shielding her identity.

A bail hearing in her case is scheduled for July 14.

The details in Doe's lawsuit are substantially similar to the allegations pertaining to one of the three minor victims that are detailed in the federal indictment of Maxwell.

Ms Maxwell is the daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of late financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in the United States on July 2, 2020, by FBI officers investigating his sex crimes, multiple U.S. media outlets reported. She has been detained at a lockup in Brooklyn without bail. Prosecutors also believe she possesses "significant sums of money", citing a government investigation that identified "more than 15 different bank accounts held by or associated with the defendant from 2016 to the present, and during that same period, the total balances of those accounts have ranged from a total of hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $20 million".

Her lawyers are seeking her release on $5 million bond under strict conditions including home confinement in the New York City area and electronic monitoring.

Prosecutors have claimed Maxwell went into hiding months before her arrest and have labeled her an "extreme risk of flight", noting that she has French, British and USA passports. According to Guiffre, she was introduced to Prince Andrew by Maxwell.