Bail denial document reveals judge’s extreme distrust of Ghislaine Maxwell
A document outlining the reasons why a New York judge denied British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell bail has revealed the extreme distrust felt towards the 59-year-old.
Ghislaine, the former girlfriend of the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire in July, and is currently being detained at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
The socialite has pleaded not guilty to charges of assisting Epstein to recruit and groom girls and young women for sex in the mid-1990s. She has also pleaded not guilty to perjury, after denying all involvement in Epstein’s crimes while under oath.
If convicted on all counts, Ghislaine faces up to 35 years in prison. Following the denial of a second bail application on Tuesday, she will remain in custody until at least July 2021, when her trial is due to begin.
Ghislaine was denied bail at the time of her arrest, as New York judge Alison Nathan deemed the 59-year-old a ‘substantial flight risk’.
An unsealed bail document has revealed the reasons behind Judge Nathan’s decision to deny Ghislaine’s application for bail, as the socialite and her 44-year-old husband Scott Borgerson offered $22.5 million in cash and assets.
Ghislaine’s second bail application included a pledge of $22.5 million in cash and assets from her husband, as well as $5 million in property, a bond of $1 million from a private security company and more than a dozen letters of support from family and friends.
However, Judge Nathan denied Ghislaine’s application on the basis that her display of ‘extraordinary financial resources’ demonstrated that she could ‘flee the country undetected’ if she wished.
The filing continued: ‘The new information provided in the renewed application only solidifies the court’s view that the defendant plainly poses a risk of flight and that no combination of conditions can ensure her appearance.’
Judge Nathan went on to cite her distrust of Ghislaine as a ‘significant’ factor influencing the decision to deny bail, pointing to the fact that the socialite provided ‘incomplete or erroneous information to the court or pre-trial services’.
Following her initial arrest, Ghislaine claimed that she had no access to her financial records, estimating their value at $3.5 million. Judge Nathan wrote: ‘Even if the defendant was unable to provide an exact number, however, the difference between the number she originally reported to pre-trial services and the number now presented to the court makes it unlikely that the misrepresentation was the result of the defendant’s mis-estimation rather than misdirection’.
The judge continued: ‘In sum, the evidence of a lack of candour is, if anything, stronger now than in July 2020, as it is clear to the court that the defendant’s representations to pre-trial services were woefully incomplete.
‘That lack of candour raises significant concerns as to whether the court has now been provided a full and accurate picture of her finances and as to the defendant’s willingness to abide by any set of conditions of release.’
Ghislaine’s legal representatives have yet to comment on the denial of her second bail application.