Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam,’ Ghislaine Maxwell, is the first federal inmate in New York City to get an in-person visit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, sources told the New York Daily News.
Two members of Maxwell’s legal team, attorney Christian R Everdell and an unidentified woman, arrived Friday morning with a stack of legal documents to discuss the sex trafficking charges against her.
Maxwell was arrested in July and has complained about her incarceration ever since. Other inmates, many of whom have been behind bars since before the pandemic began, have not been allowed any in-person visits, either legal or family.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to four counts of procuring girls for Epstein’s sexual escapades and two counts of lying about it in court, as CrimeOnline has previously reported. Her trial is expected to begin next summer.
The US Bureau of Prisons would not confirm that Maxwell’s legal visit was the first such meeting in person in the city, but a lawsuit over legal visits at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where Maxwell is being held, indicates that no such meetings had taken place as of last week. The Daily News’s source said Maxwell’s was the first and added that there have been no in-person visits as yet at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan as well.
Maxwell’s attorneys have claimed she is subjected to “onerous conditions” aimed at preventing her from killing herself. The 58-year-old has an entire floor in the facility to herself, sources said, and the floors were polished by other inmates before she arrived. Jailers search her frequently and move her from cell to cell, the sources said. Other women in the jail told the paper that she gets an extra hour of recreation time as well. A judge denied her request to move into the general population last week.
Epstein, who was arrested last July on sex trafficking charges, was found dead in his cell at the Manhattan facility in August. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.
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