Ghislaine Maxwell speaks at the Arctic Circle Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 2013.
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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British celebrity who has been charged with alleviating the sexual abuse of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein, asked for a $ 5 million bail on Friday, arguing that her criminal proceedings were excluded by a non-law enforcement agreement that the now deceased Epstein signed with the federal authorities years ago.
Maxwell, who has been held bail since her arrest in New Hampshire last week, is also proposing in a new trial that she be released into the detention center in New York City as part of her electronic surveillance trial.
A bail hearing for her is scheduled for Tuesday before the Manhattan Supreme Court.
"Ms. Maxwell vigorously denies the indictment, intends to fight it, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence," wrote lawyers Mark Cohen and Jeffrey Pagliuca in their file.
The lawyers asked a judge to provide a $ 5 million personal recognition guarantee for Maxwell. This bond would be backed by six co-signers and real estate in the UK worth $ 3.75 million.
The lawyers said the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on prisoners warrant Maxwell's release on bail, not only for health reasons, but also to assist her in legal defense.
The lawyers found that they were already having difficulty communicating with Maxwell, 58, because she was detained in a federal prison in Brooklyn, New York.
She also pleaded for bail on the grounds that she "has close ties to the community" that holds American citizenship, has lived in the United States for decades, and has no criminal record
If Maxwell were bailed, he would agree to receive visits from none other than his family, close friends, and lawyers at home, according to her lawyers' records.
They also said that Maxwell would have security personnel who could report to the authorities and that she would also agree to restrict any travel to New York City, Long Island, and several counties north of the city.
The file states that Maxwell had had no contact with Epstein, a former friend, for more than a decade before he died in a federal prison in Manhattan in August, which was officially classified as hanging by suicide.
Prosecutors previously said they wanted Maxwell to be arrested on bail and called her an extreme flight risk. They found that she has multiple passports, citizenship in three countries, including Britain and France, and is rich.
But her lawyers said in her file that "she hadn't even left the country since Epstein's arrest a year ago, even though she was aware of the pending and publicly known criminal investigation."
Maxwell, a daughter of the dead crooked media baron Robert Maxwell, was arrested on July 2 on a 156-acre lot in Bradford, New Hampshire, on six charges against a federal grand jury in Manhattan. T.
The $ 1 million property was bought months ago by a legal entity created to disguise the real identity of the buyer.
She is accused of having teamed up with Epstein in the mid-1990s to sexually abuse children at the age of 14, and of having been sworn in oaths in civil proceedings for alleged behavior as his procurer.
The 66-year-old Epstein died while waiting for child trafficking trial related to alleged behavior from 2002 to 2005 involving dozens of underage girls. His death came after a judge refused to bail him.
As a wealthy investor, Epstein was a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and British Prince Andrew.
Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to having indicted sex with a minor girl for the state of Florida, among others, and served 13 months in prison.
This plea came after Epstein signed a contract with the federal attorney in South Florida in 2007 to avoid prosecution for federal charges in exchange for admitting guilt in the state case.
Maxwell's lawyers in the file filed on Friday wrote that their "law enforcement excluded from Epstein's non-law enforcement agreement with the Department of Justice," which they wrote, "covers all potential Epstein conspirators."
The lawyers said that the charges against them for "conspiracy, seduction of minors, and transportation of minors are statute-barred and otherwise legally flawed," and that the two charges of perjury "must be dismissed for several legal reasons."
In her file, Maxwell's lawyers said that after Epstein's death, "the media focus was quickly shifted to our client – wrongly trying to replace Epstein with her – even though she hadn't been in contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or has been found liable in a civil trial and has always denied all allegations of wrongdoing. "
"Many of these stories and online posts threatened and harassed our client and those close to her," wrote the lawyers.
"But sometimes the simplest point is the most critical: Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein," the lawyers wrote.
"It was not mentioned in the government's charge against Epstein in 2019, although the government has been investigating this case for years. Instead, the current charge is based on allegations of behavior that are said to have occurred about twenty-five years ago."
Correction: Maxwell would agree, if a bail was given, to receive visits from none other than family, close friends, and lawyers at home, according to their lawyers' records. In an earlier version, the conditions were incorrect.