British socialite and heiress Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting trial on conspiracy and perjury in a multi-state sex trafficking case, has been denied bail and home confinement.
New York Judge Alison Nathan on Tuesday ruled that the Maxwell posed too great a flight risk because of her wealth and connections.
Nathan heard Maxwell’s request for bail via video from the Brooklyn, N.Y., federal detention center. Maxwell is accused of sexually abusing and exploiting girls as young as 14 years old for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.
She has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
During the two-hour hearing, her lawyers proposed that Maxwell serve her pretrial detention in a luxury Manhattan hotel. They also proposed a $5 million bond for her release.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, argued against home confinement. They are convinced that the 55-year-old socialite would use her collection of international passports, access to private transportation, and money to run.
Judge Nathan agreed, saying, “No combination of conditions could ensure that Maxwell wouldn’t try to flee.” She noted her foreign connections and said Maxwell exhibited an “extraordinary capacity to evade detection.”
The NY judge also ruled against the request for home confinement, saying neither Maxwell’s age nor her medical condition made her “particularly susceptible” to the coronavirus pandemic.
Maxwell’s trial date is set for July 2021. She is detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted pedophile, killed himself in his jail cell Aug. 10, 2019.