Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer told a judge that Jeffrey Epstein’s one-time gal pal and regular pimp is “withering to a shell” in jail awaiting trial on sex-trafficking and perjury charges, the New York Post reports.
Attorney Bobbi Sternheim wrote in a letter to US District Court Judge Alison Nathan that Maxwell is served inedible food and was allegedly abused by a jail guard.
“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,” Sternheim wrote.
Sternheim’s letter was a response to updates from prosecutors on Maxwell’s jail conditions, required by Nathan after the British socialite previously complained.
“Recently, out of view of the security camera, Ms. Maxwell was placed in her isolation cell and physically abused during a pat down search,” Sternheim wrote. “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.”
After she reported the alleged abuse, the lawyer wrote, the guards force Maxwell to clean a shower with a broom.
“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 says.
“She is withering to a shell of her former self – losing weight, losing hair, and losing her ability to concentrate,” according to Sternheim, who said Maxwell’s food is inedible, and she is given grimy water to drink.
Sternheim also complained — again — about being searched and under constant surveillance.
Maxwell’s partner in crime Epstein died of an apparent suicide while awaiting trial in 2019.
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[Featured image: Ghislaine Maxwell in 1991. (AP Photo/Dominique Mollard, File)]