NEW YORK: Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite awaiting trial for recruiting teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein for the purpose of sexual abuse, claims Shell is renouncing her British and French nationality if she can be released on bail, a filing says court filed Tuesday.
Maxwell’s lawyers made the offer in a third attempt to get Maxwell out of jail ahead of a July trial in Manhattan federal court.
A judge has previously rejected two bail attempts, including a $ 28.5 million bail offer in December.
As part of the latest bail offer, defense attorneys wrote they would put the bulk of the $ 22.5 million estate of Maxwell and her still-unidentified husband into a special account to be overseen by an asset manager, former federal judge and US lawyer from Georgia. The deal would set aside around half a million dollars for living expenses and over $ 7 million for legal fees.
The 59-year-old was arrested seven months ago on charges that she recruited three girls for Epstein to abuse them in the mid-1990s. She has pleaded not guilty.
Her ex-boyfriend Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan federal lockdown in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
Maxwell’s lawyers say the proposed new bail package would address some of the concerns that the proposals had previously rejected, including failing to show that Maxwell would not be able to access his assets to flee or rely on his French citizenship, which could not extradite him to the United States Maxwell also holds American citizenship.
Lawyers also wrote that they hoped that a dozen separate arguments recently made to have the criminal charges against their client dismissed or reduced would also affect any bail decision.
The challenges included claims that Maxwell should benefit from a non-prosecution agreement Epstein signed with federal prosecutors a dozen years ago and claimed the coronavirus crackdown forced a suburban grand jury to dismiss her indictment, depriving her of the diversity of a Manhattan-based panel.
These motions seriously question the strength of the government’s case against Ms Maxwell and the underlying rationale for continued detention, lawyers wrote.
Lawyers also wrote that Maxwell had been the victim of vicious slurs, persistent lies and gross inaccuracies and was portrayed as a cartoon character villain in an attempt to turn her into a replacement for Jeffrey Epstein.
They added: Still, Ms Maxwell is determined and welcomes the opportunity to face her accusers at trial and clear her name.
Prosecutors declined to comment through a spokesperson.
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