Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her trial in which she was denied bail for assisting Jeffrey Epstein in the recruitment and eventual abuse of underage girls in federal court in Manhattan on July 14, 2020 in New York in this court sketch.
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A federal judge on Monday denied bail for a second time on Ghislaine Maxwell, the wealthy British celebrity accused of grooming underage girls for the sexually abused by money manager Jeffrey Epstein.
Judge Alison Nathan, like the first bail denial in July, stated that Maxwell poses a serious aviation risk given her assets, holding multiple nationalities, and the severity of the charges she faces.
The rejection came three days after Maxwell celebrated her 59th birthday on Christmas Day in a federal prison in Brooklyn, New York.
In her most recent bail motion, Maxwell requested the release of a $ 22.5 million personal note of appreciation, with seven relatives and friends pledging $ million as security for their appearances in court.
Maxwell also suggested that armed guards have her stay in a New York City residence and be monitored with an electronic device.
Prosecutors firmly denied the motion, and Nathan agreed to their order in Manhattan federal court on Monday.
“The court … finds that the defendant’s proposed bail conditions would not adequately guarantee her appearance in future trials,” wrote Nathan in the judgment.
“The court concludes that none of the new information provided by the defendant in support of its request has a material bearing on the court’s finding that it poses a flight risk.”
Nathan also wrote a lengthy statement outlining her reasons for declining Maxwell’s bail.
However, the judge is holding this document from the public court records for the time being to give Maxwell attorneys and prosecutors time to suggest editorships that they believe are warranted to protect potentially confidential information.
Maxwell, who was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2, pleaded not guilty to the case.
In addition to allegations related to allegedly recruiting and caring for multiple underage girls for her ex-boyfriend Epstein in the 1990s, Maxwell is also charged with perjury for lying during a filing of a lawsuit filed by an Epstein prosecutor.
She should be on trial next year.
The 66-year-old Epstein died in August 2019 in a federal prison in Manhattan as a result of a suicide by hanging.
At the time of his death, Epstein was being held without bail for child trafficking.
Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, previously pleaded guilty to Florida charges of including paying an underage girl for sexual services.
In this case, he was imprisoned for 13 months, but was released for much of that time on notice.