Complaining that Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell is wasting away in jail and forced to wear paper clothes, a close family friend has launched a Get Ghislaine Out of jail campaign, according to the New York Post.
Citing a report in the UK broadsheet The Telegraph, the Post reports that Brian Basham says Maxwell is near starvation because she can’t have a vegan diet and is humiliated because she’s not even allowed to wear a bra since she’s considered a suicide risk.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested in July at an estate in New Hampshire and has been ordered held without bail on sex trafficking and perjury charges, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Her trial is expected to begin next summer.
Maxwell, who has three passports and maintains her innocence of the charges against her, is also considered a flight risk.
Disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Epstein was arrested in the summer of 2019 on new sex trafficking charges. He died more than a year ago of an apparent suicide in his jail cell.
Basham told The Telegraph that Maxwell has lost 25 pounds since she was jailed and once went without food for 20 hours. When she complained, he said, the guards took away her scale. She spends all her time in a 9 foot by 7 foot cell, and even the guards have stopped talking with her, he said.
Basham said that it’s outrageous to keep Maxwell behind bars with Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby were granted bail while they awaited trial.
“One of the passports is a French passport. From the moment Jeffrey Epstein was arrested she could have gone to France, but she stayed,” he said, without noting that she was in hiding the entire time and would have been found had she attempted to leave the country.
Maxwell has no doubt been rocked by the release this week of the lengthy deposition she gave in a now-settled lawsuit against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giufre, whom she recruited to work for Epstein when she was a 17-year-old employee of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. She had attempted to block the release, but a Circuit Court panel ruled against her.
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[Featured image: Ghislaine Maxwell in 2009/(Globe / MediaPunch 2009 GHISLAINE MAXWELL K61500SMO /IPX via AP)]