Ghislaine Maxwell, the former confidante of the late Jeffrey Epstein (1953-2019), has been in a New York prison since her arrest on July 2, awaiting trial. On Friday, her lawyers requested the release of the 58-year-old via a filed court application. The offer: a deposit of five million dollars (around 4.4 million euros). In addition, she is ready to be put under house arrest with GPS monitoring.
Is there a risk of escape?
The prosecutors have so far refused to bail. The risk of escape is said to be too high. After all, Maxwell had been in hiding in the past few months. Your lawyers obviously see it differently. At Maxwell there is no risk of escape, they argued according to "CNN". The 58-year-old only avoided the public "to protect themselves and their relatives from the pressure of the media (…)". She has never left the country since Epstein's arrest a year ago.
The bail hearing is scheduled for July 14th. Maxwell is accused of helping Epstein abuse underage girls. She is said to have made friends with the girls and urged them to engage in sexual acts with Epstein. In several cases, she is said to have been involved in the abuse herself.