Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend and collaborator of the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein, asked a New York judge on Friday to release her in exchange for a $5 million bond.
The 58-year-old Briton, a jet setter from both sides of the Atlantic, was charged last week with sex trafficking of young girls to satisfy her partner’s wishes.
Epstein was arrested and charged with child sex trafficking in July last year. He pleaded not guilty and committed suicide a month later in prison, where he awaited trial.
The woman, daughter of the late press magnate Robert Maxwell, “vigorously” denies the charges and “plans to fight them,” her lawyers said in documents filed with the New York Southern District Attorney’s Office.
They claim that there is no risk of flight and asked Judge Alison Nathan to release her in exchange for the payment of a bond of five million dollars, signed by six of her partners and guaranteed by a property of 3.75 million dollars in Gran Brittany.
Lawyers said that if the bond is accepted, Maxwell would hand over his passports from the United States, France and Britain, and that he would be confined to a New York home with an electronic bracelet.
They claim that the coronavirus pandemic places Maxwell at “serious risk” from the high contagion in prisons.
The bail hearing will be next Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. GMT). Prosecutors will ask that Maxwell remain in prison.
The New York Southern District Attorney’s Office indicted her on July 2 for six offenses for helping to recruit young girls to satisfy the wishes of Epstein and his wealthy and powerful friends – one of them just 14 years old – and transporting them to another. She was held for that purpose between 1994 and 1997. She is also accused of sometimes participating in the abuses and lying to the justice under oath.
If found guilty, she faces up to 35 years in prison, according to prosecutors.