Ghislaine Maxwell is ‘looking pretty well’ despite her detention conditions, her brother has said after attending court to see her for the first time in 500 days.
Kevin Maxwell, 62, spoke to reporters last night alongside his sister Isabel after attending the third day of Maxwell’s trial – the first time he has appeared at the court in New York.
‘It gave me a tremendous sense of relief to be close to her, to be able to see her in the flesh, even to be able to speak with her, courtesy of the US Marshalls who have allowed us to talk to her,’ Maxwell told reporters outside the court on Wednesday evening.
‘That’s the first time I’ve spoken to her personally in over 500 days since her pre-trial detention started.
‘To see her looking pretty well – notwithstanding the conditions of detention which are now the subject of a formal complaint to the United Nations Committee on Arbitrary Detention.’
The 59-year-old has been in jail since she was arrested in July after Judge Alison Nathan repeatedly denied her bail applications.
The court has previously heard claims that guards repeatedly flashed lights into Maxwell’s cell, leaving her with a black eye.
Ghislaine told The Mail on Sunday last month about her ‘living hell’ behind bars in the 10ft by 12ft prison cell inside New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center.
‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half,’ she told the paper.
Ghislaine Maxwell listens as defense lawyer Laura Menninger questions witness “Jane” during Day 3 of her trial on Wednesday
Kevin Maxwell and Isabel Maxwell, siblings of Ghislaine Maxwell, leave the federal courthouse on Wednesday
Kevin did the talking while his sister stood beside him outside the court. The pair left without taking any questions
Maxwell (pictured with a black eye, left, and in 2010, right) told the Mail on Sunday last month: ‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half.’
Kevin’s beret-clad elder sister Isabel, 72, an entrepreneur, has been attending every day of the trial, waving to Ghislaine and sitting just yards away in the front row of the public gallery.
Neither businessman Kevin nor his sister Isabel took any questions from reporters after he made the speech.
‘We respect the criminal justice system and process in this country and as a result we are not going to make any further comments whilst attending court and we won’t be answering any further questions,’ Maxwell said.
Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, is accused of recruiting minors for the disgraced pedophile financier to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004. She denies the allegations.
She revealed last month that she was ‘weak and frail’ and how her eyes had been damaged by the lights being left on in her cell.
‘I have not had a nutritious meal in all that time. I haven’t slept without lights on – fluorescent lights that have damaged my eyes – or been allowed to sleep without constant interruptions,’ she told the Mail.
‘I am weak, I am frail. I have no stamina. I am tired. I don’t even have shoes which fit properly. They feed me rotten food. One apple had maggots in it. I have not been allowed to exercise.’
The tiny cell is equipped with a toilet and a concrete bed.
Maxwell’s lawyers also say there have been maggots in her food and that rats roam around the prison.
At an earlier hearing, counsel for Maxwell said ‘she has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline and punitive chores.’
Another of Maxwell’s brothers, Ian, previously said his sister is in ‘effective isolation’ at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, where she is being held in a 6ft by 9ft cell that has no natural light and is equipped with a toilet and a concrete bed.
He said she cannot sleep because she is watched around the clock by four guards and 10 cameras over unfounded fears that she is a suicide risk.
Epstein died by hanging himself in a Brooklyn jail in 2019 as he was held on charges of the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.
The brother and sister outside the court on Wednesday
Kevin Maxwell gets into a waiting car outside the court on Wednesday
Speaking to LBC last Monday, Ian said: ‘I met Prince Andrew at my sister’s home on a couple of occasions, so I didn’t really need to talk to her about it.
‘I knew they were friends, and he’s found himself in this terrible position where he’s effectively been ”cancelled” as a member of the Royal Family, I think on very dubious grounds.
‘So I hope that clearly my sister will be exonerated at the end of her trial and that that will in some way assist Prince Andrew clear his own name from the charges that he too is facing – although those are civil charges – from a very vocal accuser of both of them – who, I might add, is not testifying at the trial, which tells you all you need to know about her credibility.’
The six charges against Ghislaine Maxwell:
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
Sex Trafficking Conspiracy
Sex Trafficking of a Minor
Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial.
The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.