NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein are urging a judge to free her to await trial under a USD28.5 million bail package that would include armed guards to ensure she remains safe and doesn’t flee a New York City residence.
The bail arguments on behalf of Ghislaine Maxwell, first filed under seal last Tuesday, were publicly released late Monday with redactions in Manhattan federal court that were approved by Judge Alison J. Nathan.
They were supported by numerous letters from family and friends who insisted that Maxwell sought seclusion in a New Hampshire home in December 2019 after receiving death threats and worrying that the public and media would find her at a home where she lived with her husband.
A security specialist who offered to pledge USD1 million toward the bail package and to provide armed security for Maxwell if she is released on bail said Maxwell retreated into a back room of her residence when the FBI approached on July 2 because it was thought reporters had found her.
Maxwell, 58, is scheduled to face a July trial on charges that she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s.
Her first attempt at bail shortly after her July arrest was rejected.
The lawyers said Maxwell and her spouse, with whom she has been living for most of the past four years, were offering a bail package partially consisting of a USD22.5 million personal recognisance bond secured by USD8 million in property and USD500,000 in cash.
They said it represents all of Maxwell and her husband’s assets, including three homes.
The husband was not identified in court papers, but a financial report among exhibits said the couple was married in 2016 and that Maxwell had put the majority of the USD20.2 million in assets she had in 2015 into a trust controlled by her spouse. It said the assets, USD16 million of which was in cash or equities, were worth USD22.5 million on October 31.