GHISLAINE Maxwell’s lawyer said her prison conditions are “fit for Hannibal Lecter,” but not for the accused madam, in new court documents.
Jeffrey Epstein‘s alleged madam has been subject to “invasive searches,” has been served “inedible” food and has not been able to meet with her lawyers in person, a new motion for her pretrial release says.
Maxwell, 59, is accused of grooming young girls for former lover Epstein, 66, who was found dead in his jail cell in 2019 after being held on sex trafficking charges.
The British socialite now faces eight counts after being hit with two new sex trafficking charges this week.
Her lawyer, David Oscar Markus, insisted that keeping Maxwell in prison in her current condition — which he said may be fit for Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer from The Silence of the Lambs — is unfair and unjust.
“Though she is a model prisoner who poses no danger to society and has done literally nothing to prompt ‘special’ treatment, she is kept in isolation — conditions fitting for Hannibal Lecter but not a 59-year-old woman who poses no threat to anyone,” Markus said in the motion.
“She is subjected to multiple invasive searches every day. Her every movement is captured on multiple video cameras.
“She is deprived of any real sleep by having a flashlight pointed into her cell every 15 minutes.”
The documents continue to allege that the suspect was given food that was “microwaved with a plastic covering, which rendered it inedible after the plastic melted into the food.”
The water Maxwell is given is also “cloudy and undrinkable,” her lawyer continued.
The motion seeks to overturn a judge’s rejection of Maxwell’s third attempt to be released on bail from the Brooklyn prison where she is being held.
Her trial is set to begin in July, and Maxwell is facing charges for alleged offenses between 1994 and 2004.
Markus also pointed out that high-profile, wealthy men charged with “similar or more serious offenses” are often granted bail “so that they can effectively prepare for trial.”
He named Bernie Madoff, Harvey Weinstein, John Gotti and others to illustrate his point.
Maxwell has repeatedly been denied bail over concerns that she is a “flight risk,” but Markus noted that those high-profile men had foreign ties as well.
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“In each case, the court set reasonable conditions of bond and the defendants appeared, despite similar arguments by the government that the defendant faced serious charges or that the evidence was strong or that he had foreign ties or that he had great wealth,” he said.
“Ms Maxwell is entitled to the same opportunity as male defendants to prepare her defense.”
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 and has maintained that she is innocent of all charges.