Ghislaine Maxwell at pretiral hearing: 'I have not committed any crimes'
Ghislaine Maxwell has not requested a plea deal, and prosecutors have not issued any plea offerings to the former Jeffrey Epstein associate in her sex trafficking case, federal prosecutor Alison Moe told a New York court Monday. © Elizabeth Williams/AP A courtroom sketch shows Ghislaine Maxwell, center, at a pretrial hearing Monday. Maxwell is charged by New York federal prosecutors with conspiracy and enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and the transportation of minors to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly grooming and recruiting underage girls from 1994 through 1997.
A federal judge has denied Ghisaline Maxwell's latest request to be released ahead of her November 29 trial on bail. © Elizabeth Williams/AP In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, center, listens during a court hearing flanked by her attorneys, Bobbi Sternheim, left, and Jeffrey Pagliuca, right, Monday, November 1, 2021, in New York. Maxwell was brought into a Manhattan courtroom for the lengthy hearing where U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan made a series of rulings over how the trial starting later this month will unfold.
The request cited the "humiliating circumstances" that Maxwell and her legal team must face for visits. Her attorney said she is subject to physical and emotional abuse by correction officers, poor and unsanitary living conditions, insufficient nutrition, difficulty reviewing millions of legal documents and sleep deprivation.
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US District Judge Alison Nathan denied the request Tuesday and determined that Maxwell "has adequate access to legal counsel and legal mail in order to prepare for trial." Nathan also directed the government, Bureau of Prisons and the US Marshals Service to take "all available measures" to ensure Maxwell has sufficient rest, nutrition and comfort to ensure she is able to prepare for her trial.
Maxwell is charged by New York federal prosecutors with conspiracy and enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and the transportation of minors to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly grooming and recruiting underage girls from 1994 through 1997.
She is also being charged with sex trafficking of a minor from 2001 to 2004, in addition to one count of sex trafficking conspiracy.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Questionnaires have been passed out to prospective jurors last week.
They will see a brief recorded video of Judge Nathan issuing instructions. A first round of questioning prospective jurors individually will occur November 16, a process the media will be permitted to see.
The final pool of 50 to 60 prospective jurors will share their Covid-19 vaccination status with the court for social-distancing planning, but it will not be factored into the jury selection.
The final examination of prospective jurors to empanel a jury likely will not occur until November 29, Nathan said.
Ghislaine Maxwell's Elaborate Hideout Strategy Revealed by Ex-SAS Security Adviser .
Matt Hellyer, an ex-SAS soldier, said a Maxwell lookalike was sent to Paris to act as a media decoy while she was in hiding over Jeffrey Epstein accusations.Matt Hellyer, an ex-SAS (British special forces) soldier, detailed her extensive efforts to stay below the radar, saying: "We would never stay in one place for any length of time.