Accused of child sex trafficking, perjury, and seduction of minors, Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend of millionaire molester Jeffrey Epstein, will finally be tried starting Monday, Nov. 15, by a court in New York City. Days before the trial began, she gave her first interview in 15 months since she had been in prison, where she detailed her situation as a convict. 

Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, was transferred to Brooklyn Prison in July 2020 after being accused of complicity with her ex-partner, millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison after being accused of a scandalous series of sexual crimes that included child molestation, orgies, abuse and deprivation of liberty.

For the first time, Maxwell gave an interview published in the Daily Mail, conducted by Daphne Barak, author and film and television producer. 

Epstein’s ex-partner spoke for the first time about her life behind bars and told a series of details that give an account of her difficult time. During the interview, she stated that she was assaulted and mistreated by prison guards and that she had been given rotting food referring to a worm Maxwell found in an apple.

“In real life, the 10 kilos she has lost are evident. Her cheeks are sunken and her skin pale,” writes Barak, who tells how she met her in 1992, when she interviewed her mother, Betty, Robert Maxwell’s widow, after the tycoon’s extraordinary death off the coast of Tenerife, just before it was discovered that he had looted his newspapers’ pension funds.

According to the journalist’s account, there is nothing left of the glamour that Ghislaine used to flaunt in her years of splendor when she could be seen regularly at high-class events interacting with well-known personalities of international business and politics, such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Prince Andrew and so many others. 

Maxwell did not speak about the accusations against her on the recommendation of her legal team, but she did give details of her painful stay in jail. 

Maxwell used a certain irony mixed with black humor to answer the journalist’s questions despite her situation. 

“I’ve been given food so over-nuked it looked like Chernobyl after the nuclear fallout. The salads are wilted with mould, an apple had maggots, they gave me a black soggy banana. There was bread so wet, water came out when you squeezed it,” she added.

She also talked about her relationship with the guards; although she mentioned some tense episodes, she seems to have a good relationship and even said she used to “play peek-a-boo with the guards.”

“I play peek-a-boo, hiding behind pillars and the guards join in. There are always smiles all round. ‘Then I have a ‘monster move’ where I raise my hands and growl and they do it back. We laugh.”

She also talked about certain ‘mysterious’ events happening in her cell, which have led her to create an imaginary cellmate.

“Strange things happen. The toilet flushes, the shower turns on when no one is around. When it happens, it alarms the guards, so I created a ‘cellmate’ named A-17, and when something strange happens, I blame A-17,” Maxwell reportedly said, as reported by the journalist.

Maxwell, after 15 months, will leave prison for the first time on Monday, Nov. 15, to attend the first session of the trial against her, in which she is accused of child sex trafficking, perjury, and seduction of minors while she was a close associate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The international community is waiting for Maxwell and her lawyers to provide details of prominent names involved in the case during the trial, including Prince Andrew and other personalities. 

So far, the courts have rejected four times requests for bail for the release of the accused, so she has no other option but to face the trial, which, if she is found guilty of all charges, she will face up to 80 years in prison. 

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