Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting trial on charges that she recruited teenage girls to be sexually abused by the late businessman Jeffrey Epstein, will make a third attempt to get out of jail on bail. According to a court filing on Tuesday, Feb. 23, she will give up her British and French citizenship in an attempt to do so.
A federal judge had previously rejected two bail attempts filed by Maxwell’s lawyers, including a proposed $28.5 million bail release filed in December 2020, The Associated Press reported.
Among the arguments stated by the judge to deny the bail request, he detailed that the defendant was a flight risk, considering that the defendant holds French and British citizenship.
The lawyers now made a third offer to get Maxwell out of jail before a trial scheduled for July in Manhattan federal court.
Ghislaine Maxwell a flight risk
As part of the latest proposal, Maxwell has offered to renounce her British and French citizenship in an attempt to finally obtain the right to bail. In addition, defense attorneys wrote that they will make available most of the million-dollar estate belonging to Maxwell and her husband as collateral. The agreement would set aside about half a million dollars for living expenses and more than $7 million for legal fees.
“If the court deems it a necessary condition of release, Maxwell will formally commence the procedure to renounce her foreign citizenship,” her lawyers wrote in a court motion on Tuesday, British media outlet The Guardian reported.
The move, according to Maxwell’s lawyers, “should satisfy any concerns the court may have that Maxwell may try to seek a safe haven in France or the United Kingdom.”
The citizenship cancellation process could take months, however, lawyers are requesting immediate release from prison.
Maxwell, known for her love and work relationship with the late child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on July 2, 2020, by the FBI in Bradford, New Hampshire. It was later made public that she had been indicted on six counts in Manhattan General Court, including conspiracy to entice and transport minors to engage in unlawful sexual acts and child molestation. Also included in the indictment is that both Maxwell and Epstein were aware that the victims were under the age of 18.
Maxwell, 59, remains in custody in a Brooklyn, New York jail. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, despite a plethora of incriminating witnesses and evidence. Epstein, her ex-boyfriend, committed suicide in a Manhattan federal lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell and the Clintons
According to reports that surfaced recently, Maxwell reportedly refused to disclose videos compromising Bill Clinton in an effort to avoid damaging Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a book published by a former CBS News producer.
As a result of a civil lawsuit filed in 2019 by Virginia Giuffre, who claims to be one of Epstein’s sexual victims, the judiciary released more than 400 pages of Maxwell’s statements confirming that former President Clinton traveled with Epstein and Maxwell on his private plane known as the “Lolita Express” at least 26 times.
Maxwell’s future is uncertain; prosecutors have not yet responded to the media on the bail request made by the defendant’s lawyers.