dailymail.co.uk | 27 October 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Ghislaine Maxwell has two cameras trained on her in her 9ft by 6ft prison cell and is woken up every three hours and searched to ensure she does not meet the same fate as Jeffrey Epstein
- Ghislaine Maxwell has two cameras trained on her at all times inside her cell to ensure her safety, a friend of her family has revealed to DailyMail.com
- The 58-year-old, who is accused of recruiting 14-year-old girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, is being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
- The disgraced British socialite has one camera on the ceiling of her 9ft by 6ft cell – and another 4ft away from her
- She is woken up every three hours and searched to ensure she does not meet the same fate as Epstein, who was found dead in his cell while awaiting trial
- And after three months in prison, Maxwell has finally been given a bra so she can exercise
- Brian Basham, a British PR veteran who offered to help get Maxwell out of prison, believes her family will be submitting a formal application for bail soon
- He told DailyMail.com: ‘She is on her own floor and has a very small cell but doesn’t have a table to put her computer on’
- Basham said that Maxwell’s family, the children of British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, are ‘completely, utterly and totally’ convinced she is innocent
Ghislaine Maxwell has two cameras trained on her inside her prison cell at all times to ensure her safety, a friend of her family has revealed to DailyMail.com.
The British socialite, who is accused of recruiting 14-year-old girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, has one camera on the ceiling of her 9ft by 6ft cell – and another 4ft away from her.
Maxwell is being woken up every three hours and searched to ensure she does not meet the same fate as Epstein, who was found dead in his cell while awaiting trial.
After three months in the grim Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Maxwell has finally been given a bra so she can exercise.
Previously she was denied one because she was deemed a suicide risk according to Brian Basham, a British PR veteran who has offered to help get Maxwell out of prison.
He is part of what her family have called ‘Operation GGO’, or Get Ghislaine Out, and Basham believes they will be submitting a formal application for bail soon.
Maxwell is charged with recruiting girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997 and is due to stand trial next July – she denies the allegations.
She was arrested this July at her $1 million home in New Hampshire where she had been living in secret and has been locked up ever since.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Basham said that Maxwell had been ‘singled out’ and her human rights were being breached because of the conditions inside the MDC.
Basham said that Maxwell’s family, the children of disgraced British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, are ‘completely, utterly and totally’ convinced that she is innocent.
They are ‘lined up behind her’ in support including for her multi-million dollar legal fees.
Basham said that Maxwell’s sisters Isabel and Christine, who live in the US, are ‘trying to work hard to muster up the evidence’ to prove her innocence.
Their main concern are her prison conditions which he called ‘macabre’.
Basham said: ‘The good thing is she now has a bra which is quite important because she’s a very fit woman. She couldn’t really do any aerobic exercise before.
‘She is on her own floor and has a very small cell but doesn’t have a table to put her computer on.
‘I’m told by the family that she has a camera in the ceiling and another camera that is 4ft away from her and they adjust it when she moves about.
‘They were waking her up every three hours to search her and the noise outside her cell with the guards laughing and joking and yelling to each other is very disturbing, so she hasn’t got much sleep. It is bizarre’.
The extreme levels of surveillance are a sharp difference from Epstein’s cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
He was able to kill himself after the guards didn’t check on him all night and the camera outside his cell – there was not one inside – was not working.
Epstein’s death led to a raft of conspiracy theories and intense pressure on the Bureau of Prisons to ensure Maxwell’s stays alive
At Manhattan’s Federal Court in July, Judge Alison Nathan ruled that Maxwell was a flight risk because she was facing a lengthy jail term, the prosecution had a strong case and because she had ‘substantial financial resources’.
Prosecutors had pointed toward Maxwell owning 15 different bank accounts which held balances up to more than $20m as a sign of how she could flee easily.
Basham however said that Maxwell ‘patently’ isn’t a flight risk because she could have left the US any time after Epstein was arrested but she didn’t.
As to why Maxwell stayed in America, he said: ‘She has family there, it’s her home, she regards herself as completely innocent so just kept a low profile’.
Basham pointed to high profile cases like Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of rape and sexual assault and was allowed out on bail.
He said: ‘If you look at Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein you could argue they were an existent threat to women.
‘Nobody could argue Ghislaine is an existing threat to women. She patently isn’t. It’s a complete mystery to me as to why Ghislaine should be singled out in this way, and quite wrong too’.
Maxwell’s victims however have called her Epstein’s right hand woman and described how she prowled the streets looking for underage girls for him to abuse.
During a press conference announcing her charges, Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said: ‘As alleged, Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Jeffrey Epstein had set. She pretended to be a woman they could trust.
‘All the while, she was setting them up to be abused sexually by Epstein and, in some cases, Maxwell herself’.
In a previous interview Basham revealed that Maxwell has lost 25lbs in weight because the prison was unable to accommodate her vegan diet.
When she complained the prison authorities took away the scale so she couldn’t weigh herself any more.
She was forced to wear paper clothes and letters from her family have not reached her – while the guards have stopped talking to her.
Maxwell suffered fresh humiliation last week when a 460-page deposition she gave in a defamation case brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre was made public.
The transcript showed Maxwell apologizing for smashing her fist on the table in frustration as she was interrogated about her sex life.
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