Ghislaine Maxwell latest news: Lawyers vow to clear name over ‘meritless’ abuse charges and want indictment thrown out

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have vowed to clear her name over child abuse allegations which they have described as “meritless”.

Maxwell has assembled a legal team after she was charged with with luring underage girls to be abused by Epstein.

Lawyer Laura Menninger has now issued the first formal response to the charges brought against Maxwell, writing: “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on June 29, 2020, caused a meritless indictment to be issued against Ms. Maxwell”.

Maxwell will appear in court via video-link in New York next Tuesday at 1pm.

The ex-girlfriend and alleged “madam” of convicted child sex offender Epstein was busted by the FBI in New Hampshire and charged with sex trafficking.

The 58-year-old is expected to be denied bail.

It comes following reports that Maxwell has had her clothes and sheets taken from her and forced to wear paper clothes in prison after Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide.

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‘ALLEGATIONS ARE MERITLESS’

Court documents filed on Thursday call the allegations against Maxwell “meritless”.

And the new calls for bail will be argued before a judge at a special hearing on Tuesday.

Papers filed today state: “Throughout the course of the criminal investigation of this case, which has been publicly reported on for nearly a year, Ms. Maxwell has remained in the United States.

“Indeed, on July 7, 2019, the day after Epstein’s arrest, Ms Maxwell reached out to the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, through counsel, and maintained regular contact with them right up to the point of her arrest.”

MAXWELL ‘DENIES CHARGES AND INTENDS TO FIGHT THEM’

More on the news that Ghislaine Maxwell has applied for bail.

Here’s a quote from legal papers supporting the application:

“Sometimes the simplest point is the most critical one: Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein.

“She was not named in the government’s indictment of Epstein in 2019, despite the fact that the government has been investigating this case for years.

“Instead, the current indictment is based on allegations of conduct that allegedly occurred roughly twenty-five years ago.

“Ms Maxwell vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”

‘I’M NOT EPSTEIN’

Ghislaine Maxwell told a judge she’s “not Jeffrey Epstein” as she begged for release from prison on £4million bail today.

Lawyers for the heiress have filed court paperwork trying to spring her free by claiming she was not a flight risk and could catch the coronavirus in prison.

Maxwell announced her intention to “vigorously” defend herself over the claims she faces.

Here’s the full story.

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WHAT DO PROSECUTORS CLAIM MAXWELL HAS DONE?

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein, faces charged in America after being arrested by the FBI.

She’s being held on suspicion of having assisted Epstein’s abuse of minors by helping to recruit and groom victims known to be underage.

Four of the six charges relate to the years 1994-97 when she was, according to the indictment, among Epstein’s closest associates and also in an “intimate relationship” with him.

Epstein died in a New York prison cell last August as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges.

One of Epstein’s alleged victims claims Maxwell worked closely with him by ‘controlling’ the women in the financier’s life.

LAWYERS SAY COVID ‘IMPAIRS MAXWELL’S DEFENCE’

Ghislaine Maxwell has today applied for bail because of coronavirus.

Her lawyers say in their argument: “The Covid-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented health risk to incarcerated individuals, and Covid-19-related restrictions on attorney communications with pre-trial detainees significantly impair a defendant’s ability to prepare her defence.

“Simply put, under these circumstances, if Ms Maxwell continues to be detained, her health will be at serious risk and she will not be able to receive a fair trial.”

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MAXWELL WANTS BAIL ‘BECAUSE OF COVID’

Maxwell has applied for bail.

Her request was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan eight days after her arrest in New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding at a sprawling property she bought while shielding her identity.

Lawyers acting for the socialite argue she should get bail because of “the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on detained defendants”.

We’ll have more on this story soon.

GHOULS SELL SICK MAXWELL T-SHIRTS ONLINE

Trolls are selling sick t-shirts predicting the murder of Ghislaine Maxwell in prison.

The t-shirts, which cost £17, have appeared on eBay.

They feature the face of Maxwell along with the slogan ‘Ghislaine Maxwell didn’t kill herself’.

In the description, San Jose-based firm Empathy Trading writes: “Get your ‘did Ghislaine Maxwell kill herself’ tee here.

“We all know what happened to Jeffrey Epstein… Grab yours now!”

Here’s the full story.

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OFFICIALS TAKE AWAY MAXWELL’S CLOTHES AND SHEETS

Federal officials were so worried Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and bedsheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody.

The Justice Department has added extra security precautions and placed federal officials outside the Bureau of Prisons to ensure Maxwell is properly protected.

Sources say it’s to stop other inmates from hurting her, as well as to prevent her from harming herself.

Here’s the full story.

MAXWELL CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS

U.S. prosecutors have today filed a superseding indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell.

The indictment was made public on Friday in Manhattan federal court, and – like the original indictment – accused Maxwell of six criminal counts.

Maxwell has been charged with luring underage girls so Epstein could sexually abuse them.

A superseding indictment is tricky legal speak – but it just means it replaces the indictment Maxwell was initially charged on.

MAXWELL ‘SUED FOR £20M BY EPSTEIN VICTIM’

One of the biggest new stories of the day is that Maxwell is being sued for £20m.

A victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s has launched legal proceedings for damages in America.

A legal expert now believes this could open the floodgates for other claims to be made.

Sources say they expect an “avalanche” of claims.

Here’s the full story.

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LIMITED PEOPLE TO JOIN VID HEARING

Just four people will appear on video at next Tuesday’s court hearing for Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell, the former associate of Jeffrey Epstein, will be arraigned on July 14 on charges of luring underage girls so that the financier, now dead, could abuse them, according to a court order.

Judge Alison Nathan, Manhattan federal court, said a bail hearing would be held at 1pm local time that day, via video conference.

She said on Tuesday that to optimise video quality, only the judge, Maxwell, her lawyer and a prosecutor would appear on video at the hearing.

The judge said others could access audio of the hearing by telephone.

Maxwell, 58, arrived at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn on Monday.

She was arrested on July 2 at her mansion in New Hampshire, where investigators said she had been lying low.

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of grooming girls so Epstein could abuse them at lavish homes in Palm Beach, Florida; New Mexico and Manhattan.

She has denied wrongdoing and called claims against her “absolute rubbish.”

Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005 when he was found hanged in a federal facility in Manhattan in August.

Medical examiners concluded his death was a suicide.

24-CARAT SPOILT BRAT

Ghislaine Maxwell was born on Christmas Day 1961, and grew up in an Oxford mansion with a private jet and unlimited money.

As the favourite child of her larger-than-life father, the billionaire media tycoon Robert Maxwell, she was given everything she demanded — and it turned her into a 24-carat spoilt brat.

Infamous for being rude to Maxwell’s employees at the Mirror newspapers, she was known to demand a cigarette and walk off with the whole packet.

After a London policeman stopped her for drunken driving, she congratulated the startled officer for having spotted her — and got away with it.

As an ambitious status-seeker, she used her father’s credit card to jet around the globe for lunch dates with Mick Jagger and other celebrities.

Long before Robert Maxwell’s body was pulled out of the Atlantic after his mysterious death in 1991, Ghislaine Maxwell was set to become notorious on both sides of the ocean.

With millions of her dead father’s money, she bought a luxury Manhattan home and embarked on a lifestyle of wealthy debauchery.

But 29 years later, her social climbing has ended after she was charged by US authorities with allegedly helping to recruit and groom underage girls for convicted paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

Pampered and tyrannised in equal measures by her dad, the only men she could love and live with were the rich, powerful and domineering — and that drew her to Epstein.

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Ghislaine Maxwell is demanding her legal bills are paid by her paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, a lawsuit shows.

Spencer Kuvin, who represents victims of the disgraced financier, branded Maxwell’s demands “disgusting”, and warned it could take funds away from those who were allegedly abused.

He also pointed out that Maxwell had enough money to buy herself a luxury hideaway in Bradford, New Hampshire, where she was apprehended last week, and questioned why she needed help with legal fees.

Kuvin told The Sun: “I find it disgusting that a co-conspirator may somehow diminish the funds available to the victims that she has been charged with molesting.

“Further, it is ironic that Ms Maxwell was able to pay for a multi-million dollar estate in New Hampshire in cash, but she apparently does not have sufficient funds available to pay for her own legal defence.

“Our hope is that the US Attorneys office in the US Virgin Islands does not permit any of the assets to be used in any way to satisfy anything other than claims by victims against the fund.”

Lawyers for Epstein’s alleged pimp asked for, “an advancement of attorney’s fees, security costs, costs to find safe accommodation and all other expenses” in connection with any “threatened, pending, or completed suit, proceeding or investigation relating to Epstein, his affiliated business and his alleged victims.”

Court papers filed in the US Virgin Islands last month, obtained by The Sun, show that while Epstein’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss, the case is still open, after her lawyers asked for a delay until September.

SUED FOR £20M FORTUNE

Ghislaine Maxwell is being sued for her £20million fortune by a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, it has been claimed.

A victim of the disgraced paedophile financier has launched legal proceedings for damages in the US against the British socialite.

The woman at the centre of this claim is said not to be part of the criminal case.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested last week when armed FBI agents stormed her property in New Hampshire.

A legal source told The Mirror: “We expect an avalanche of cases to come forward now.

“Many more women who were abused by Epstein are coming forward and many more are on the verge of having the courage to do so.

“These women allege Maxwell was Epstein’s chief ­facilitator and believe she should bear responsibility for her actions.”

To read the full story, see HERE

‘PAEDO RANCH EMPTY’

Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch – where he allegedly raped and abused his young victims – sits eerily empty as officials ask for prosecutors to seize the notorious property.

Aerial photographs and video, exclusively obtained by The Sun, show the infamous 10,000 acre New Mexico estate, where girls were allegedly assaulted.

All of the curtains are drawn and the ‘Z’ logo is still visible on the side of the building.

Investigators are now believed to be probing claims made by a number of women, who say they were trafficked and abused at the isolated property.

The infamous ranch stands idle as mystery surrounds its manager, who allegedly vanished after paedo Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.

One source claimed Brice Gordon and his wife Karen, who have been listed at the Stanley address since the early 2000s, allegedly “disappeared” after Epstein’s death last year, with locals speculating they moved to New Zealand.

But another source recently told The Sun the couple could still be at the property, choosing to lie low since Maxwell’s arrest last week.

“Brice and Karen are originally from New Zealand and many thought they had moved back, but they are believed to still be maintaining the ranch,” a source said.

US ATTORNEY GENERAL ‘LIVID’ OVER DEATH OF EPSTEIN

US Attorney General William Barr said he was “livid” when he heard Jeffrey Epstein had killed himself in prison.

Barr made the confession during an interview with ABC News recently.

He confessed he was “livid” because he had wanted to see the paedophile financier face justice.

Epstein died in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on August 10, 2019.

He was awaiting trail on sex trafficking charges.

FIRST FORMAL RESPONSE TO CHARGES

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have slammed child abuse allegations against her as “meritless”.

Among the 58-year-old’s legal team is Laura Menninger, who has been representing her in previous civil actions.

Menninger was financial analyst at Goldman before going to Stanford Law School and then moved to Colorado where she became a Deputy State Public Defender.

Maxwell has been hit with a criminal indictment for alleged perjury and sex crimes against minors.

Menninger wrote: “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on June 29, 2020, caused a meritless indictment to be issued against Ms. Maxwell.”

For the full story, see HERE

GOING AFTER CO-CONSPIRATORS

William Barr, the US Attorney General, is keen to nab any abettors in relation to the Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse scandal.

He was asked on ABC News: “If there are co-conspirators, are you coming for them?”

Barr replied: “If they’ve been involved, if they’ve been complicit in these crimes, yes.”

His comments were part of an interview which followed the arrest of British socialite Maxwell on charges related to the Epstein sex abuse scandal.

Barr has vowed that Maxwell will not be allowed to die in jail like her ex-lover Epstein.

He also added that he was “livid” when Epstein apparently killed himself in his Manhattan prison cell because he wanted to see him brought to justice.

‘DEFINITELY WANT TO TALK TO PRINCE ANDREW’

US Attorney General William Barr says the FBI “definitely” wants to talk to Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

America’s top lawyer discussed the royal during an interview with ABC News correspondent Pierre Thomas.

Thomas asked: “I see where the department wants to talk to Prince Andrew.

“Do you think it’s appropriate and do you wanna talk to him?”

Barr replied: “Well, definitely the department wants to talk to Prince Andrew.

“That’s why the southern district has been making efforts to communicate and to arrange an interview with him.”

Thomas returned: “You want every bit of evidence in connection with that case?”

Barr agreed, saying simply “yes”.

US prosecutors and lawyers for Prince Andrew have been sniping at one another across the Atlantic, with each saying the other side was to blame for the duke’s failure to participate in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking probe.

Andrew’s lawyers said in June that he has offered three times this year to speak with US investigators after being assured that he “is not and has never been a ‘target’ of their criminal investigations into Epstein.”

That offer, though, came with a request that “our co-operation and any interview arrangements would remain confidential,” said the firm Blackfords LLP in London.

TOP LAWYER

Ghislaine Maxwell has hired a lawyer who helped take down notorious drug lord El Chapo to get her off child sex charges.

Legal documents reveal the Brit socialite will be represented by Christian Everdell – a former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Everdell and his team were awarded a ‘True American Hero Award’ by the Federal Drug Agent Foundation for their apprehension of the former head of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.

Those who have worked with him say he may use his experience in high-profile cases to convince Maxwell, 58, to strike a deal and tell what she knows about Jeffrey Epstein’s twisted inner circle.

Maxwell was arrested last week at a $1million estate she bought months ago in New Hampshire, where prosecutors say she had been hiding out after Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan lockup last August.

At the time, Epstein, 66, was facing sex trafficking charges.

For the full story see HERE

VIDEO-LINK JULY 14

Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, will appear in court via video-link next Tuesday, July 14, at 1pm.

A judge has now set a date for her arraignment and bail hearing.

She is accused on four counts over her alleged involvement in Epstein’s high profile sex trafficking ring – allegedly acting as his “madam” who would track down girls for him.

Prosecutors have said Maxwell could be jailed for 35 years if she is convicted, as the alleged victims continue to call for justice.

EPSTEIN’S LAST GIRLFRIEND KNOWN AS ‘THE INSPECTOR’ BECAUSE SHE WAS OBSESSED WITH HIM, REPORT SAYS

Karyna Shuliak, 30, was given the nickname of “the inspector” because she obsessively tried to find out who the pedophile was in contact with, a source has said.

A testimony said that she was “madly jealous” of Epstein and kept an eye on everyone he had contact with.

Shuliak – who is from Belarus – had been in a relationship with Epstein since as early as 2010.

She called him the day before he died in prison last year, and was one of the last people to speak with him.

Read more here.

GHISLAINE HAD CLOTHES AND SHEETS TAKEN FROM HER AND FORCED TO WEAR PAPER CLOTHES AFTER EPSTEIN SUICIDE

Ghislaine Maxwell has had her clothes and sheets taken from her and was forced to wear paper clothes after Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, an official told the Associated Press.

The Justice Department has implemented additional safety protocols, and federal officials, outside the Bureau of Prisons, have been specifically tasked with ensuring that there is adequate protection and that the prisons protocols are being followed, the official said.

The protections are in case she harms herself and in case other inmates wish to harm her.

The concern comes in part because Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal jail in Manhattan last summer while in custody on sex trafficking charges.

More on the story here.

CONSPIRACY THEORY CLAIMS MAXWELL HAD POWERFUL REDDIT HANDLE & ‘POSTED ABOUT LEGALISING CHILD PORN’

AN online conspiracy theory speculates that Jeffrey Epstein’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell may have owned powerful Reddit handle that “posted about legalising child porn.”

YouTuber Joe Leonard tweeted about the unproven theory that an account named “u/maxwellhill” was run by Maxwell.

He wrote: “Ghislane Maxwell was the first person on reddit to hit 1 million karma LMAO! She’s the 8 karma to this day. Her posts to /r/worldnews constituted roughly 30% of the posts there.

“This connection was made after she was arrested and that account stopped posting there after 14 years.”

More on the story here.

MAXWELL WON’T BE ALLOWED TO DIE IN JAIL VOWS US ATTORNEY GENERAL

The United States Attorney General Bill Barr has vowed Ghislaine Maxwell will not be allowed to die in jail like her ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein.

He also added that he was “livid” when Epstein apparently killed himself in his Manhattan prison cell because he wanted to see him brought to justice.

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