Ghislaine Maxwell was bodily abused by a jail guard throughout a pat down search and is “withering to a shell” behind bars, dropping weight and losing her hair, an lawyer for the accused madam stated in court docket papers filed Tuesday.
In the letter to Judge Alison Nathan, Maxwell’s lawyer complained about circumstances she faces on the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, together with sleep deprivation, inedible meals and the alleged abuse by a jail guard.
The letter states Maxwell is topic to fixed searches — about 4 per day — and surveillance by jail guards, which she claims is to make up for the Bureau of Prisons’ failure to guard her alleged cohort, Jeffrey Epstein, from killing himself in 2019.
“Ms. Maxwell continues to be at the mercy of a revolving group of security officers who are used to guarding hundreds of inmates but now focus their undivided attention exclusively on one respectful, middle-aged female pretrial detainee,” Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, wrote.
“Recently, out of view of the security camera, Ms. Maxwell was placed in her isolation cell and physically abused during a pat down search. When she asked that the camera be used to capture the occurrence, a guard replied ‘no.’ When Ms. Maxwell recoiled in pain and when she said she would report the mistreatment, she was threatened with disciplinary action,” Sternheim added.
Guards then pressured Maxwell to scrub a bathe with a brush as retaliation for reporting the abuse, the letter claims.
The letter was filed in response to a message by prosecutors about Maxwell’s jail circumstances. Judge Nathan in December ordered prosecutors to submit written updates about Maxwell’s lockup circumstances each 60 days after she complained about them in a separate letter.
Sternheim added within the word that Maxwell is woken continually in the course of the night time as a result of guards flash a light-weight on the ceiling of her isolation cell each quarter-hour.
She’s additionally withering away as a result of inedible meals and dirty water disbursed on the jail.
“She is withering to a shell of her former self – losing weight, losing hair, and losing her ability to concentrate,” Sternheim wrote.
“Having been incarcerated in de facto solitary confinement for 225 days and monitored by two to six guards 24 hours a day with a handheld camera dedicated to capturing her every move, except when it would record improper conduct on the part of the guards, it is not surprising that Ms. Maxwell feels she is detained under the control of the Bureau of ‘Pretrial Punishment’,” the letter states.
Maxwell is awaiting trial in Manhattan federal court docket for allegedly procuring underage ladies for Epstein to abuse and mendacity about her relationship with him underneath oath.