Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and companion of Jeffrey Epstein who is charged with aiding his abuse of teenage girls more than two decades ago, was again denied bail by a federal judge, the New York Times reports. The ruling responded to a $28.5 million bail proposal by Maxwell. It would have released her from what her lawyers called the “intolerable” conditions in jail and into house arrest at a friend’s home. Her lawyers said the bail request reflected “all of her and her spouse’s assets, her family’s livelihood and the financial security of her closest friends and family.” They argued that she was not a risk to flee and they would hire private security guards to ensure that she did not.
Federal prosecutors said Maxwell remained “an extreme flight risk” and should stay in jail. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan agreed. Maxwell, 59, faces six counts including transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and perjury. She is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal jail in Brooklyn. Epstein, 66, was found dead in August 2019 after he hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal jail in Manhattan. He had been arrested on sex trafficking charges a month earlier. After Epstein’s death, Maxwell hid for months in a home in New Hampshire. Prosecutors said she had passports from three countries, and identified more than 15 bank accounts linked to her, with balances that totaled more than $20 million at times.