Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell are asking a judge to release her to face trial under a bail package of $28.5 million (£21.4 million) that will include armed guards to ensure that she stays safe and does not leave a New York City residence.
Bail arguments on behalf of British socialite Maxwell, originally kept under wraps last Tuesday, were published late Monday with editorials accepted by Judge Alison J. Nathan in Manhattan federal court.
In December 2019, after receiving death threats and fearing the public and media would find her in the house where she lived with her husband, they were helped by several letters from family and friends who insisted Maxwell found seclusion in a New Hampshire home.
A security professional who promised to post $1 million (£750,000) bail and provide Maxwell with armed security if she was released on bail said that when the FBI approached on July 2 because reporters were thought to have identified her, Maxwell retreated to a back room of her house.
In July, Maxwell, 58, faces trial on allegations that in the mid-1990s she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to rape.
Her first bail attempt, shortly after her arrest in July, was refused.
Lawyers said Maxwell and her partner, with whom she lived for much of the last four years, got a bail package consisting of part of a personal recognition bond of $22.5 million (£16.8 million) backed by eight million dollars (£6 million) in real estate and $500,000 (£375,000) in cash. They said it contained all of the properties of Maxwell and her husband, including three homes.
The husband was not named in court documents, but a financial statement among the exhibits said the pair had married in 2016 and that Maxwell had placed into a trust managed by her spouse much of the $20.2 million (£15.1 million) in assets she had in 2015.
It said that as of Oct. 31, the assets, of which $16 million (£12 million) were in cash or stock, were worth $22.5 million.
The financial report also noted that in their initial bail submission, prosecutors cited wire transfers totaling over $20 million (£15 million) from 2007 to 2011, identifying them as transfers from Epstein’s accounts to Maxwell’s accounts and vice versa.
The financial report noted that during those years, Maxwell worked as an officer for a variety of Epstein-related aircraft and air travel companies and that there were substantial wire transfers involving those companies.
The names of seven other close friends and family members who were able to put up nearly $5 million (£3.7 million) of their own bail money, lawyers said, were also not disclosed. The lawyers said that electronic surveillance will be included in the bail.
The lawyers wrote, “Ms. Maxwell vehemently maintains her innocence and is determined to defend herself,”
“She desires nothing more than to remain in this country to fight the allegations against her based on the uncorroborated testimony of a handful of witnesses about events that occurred over 25 years ago.”
Attorneys added a letter from Maxwell’s wife in order to endorse the bail motion. They said that the letter recounts how Maxwell was forced to leave her family and withdraw from the public eye, not because she fled law enforcement, but because of “the intense media hype and threats following the arrest and death of Jeffrey Epstein.”
One person wrote in a letter attached to the bail application, “Her love for … her husband was a primary reason she stayed as close to him as possible while fighting for her innocence.”
“I can attest that when she moved, it was always and only for fear of being discovered by the press or ‘vigilantes’ – the fear was palpable,” wrote the unnamed person.
The only reason she was forced to find discreet places to be all this time is because of the howling “mobs” on Twitter and other social media outlets clamoring for her “scalp.”
“The individual added, “She never fled from the authorities and is disappointed that she never had the chance to meet with them in person to address all the lies.