Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has been denied bail.

The British socialite is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, New York.

In a bail application filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, Maxwell said she and her husband would post a $22.5m (£16.5m) bond towards a $28.5m (£21m) bail package, secured by all their assets, with most of the remaining funds coming from friends and family.

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The proposed package included home confinement with electronic monitoring and 24-hour guard to ensure she remained safe and would not escape.

However, judge Alison Nathan, who previously denied the 59-year-old bail in July, said she “again concludes that no conditions of release can reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance at future proceedings”.

She said federal prosecutors had persuaded her that Maxwell “poses a flight risk”.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein
Image:Maxwell denies charges that she recruited teenage girls for Epstein to abuse

She was arrested in an FBI raid at her secluded New Hampshire home in July over claims she played a central role in procuring underage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s.

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Epstein killed himself in August 2019 at a federal jail in Manhattan, where he was awaiting trial without bail.

Maxwell is due to face trial in July. She denies the charges.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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