The girlfriend and confidant of the accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell has requested that should be granted bail while awaiting trial.
In the court filing, claimed she wasn’t in “hiding” while under criminal investigation, as prosecutors allege, and hasn’t left the country in more than a year.
“She did not flee, but rather left the public eye, for the entirely understandable purpose of protecting herself and those close to her from the crush of media and online attention and its very real harms—those close to her have suffered the loss of jobs, work opportunities, and reputational damage simply for knowing her,” her lawyers, Mark S. Cohen and Jeffrey S. Pagliuca, wrote.
They said Maxwell, 58, who has been charged by New York federal prosecutors for her alleged role in conspiring with Epstein to recruit, groom and sexually abuse underage girls as young as 14 between 1994 and 1997, hasn’t been in contact with Epstein for more than a decade. Maxwell “vigorously denies the charges, her lawyers wrote Friday, adding that, “sometimes the simplest point is the most critical one: Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein.”
A bail hearing in her case is scheduled for July 14.