Prosecutors are telling a judge to keep Ghislaine Maxwell behind bars after claiming the socialite wrapped a cell phone in tin foil to evade detection by authorities.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, was arrested on July 2 in her New Hampshire home and was subsequently charged with acting as an accomplice to her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein in a sex ring involving minors. The sex trafficking activity between Maxwell and Epstein has been traced back to the 1990s; he was arrested for the last time before his death on sex trafficking charges and was jailed at Metropolitan Correctional Center. He was charged on July 8 and died mysteriously on August 10 in his cell.
Since then, authorities say Maxwell has been trying to keep a low-profile by moving from one home to another and paying for them in cash. Authorities even say the former socialite attempted to escape officers by fleeing to another room in her home after she looked out the window and saw FBI agents coming to arrest her. Prosecutors detailed the events of the arrest in a legal filing that was submitted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District in Manhattan on Monday. Maxwell will also be arraigned there on Tuesday on six felony counts, including conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and perjury.
In the filing, prosecutors say that Maxwell’s home was barred by a locked gate and had a private security guard on the property. Officials say that’s when they instructed Maxwell to open the door, but she ignored them. “Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her,” according to the filing. “Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door in order to enter the house to arrest the defendant, who was found in an interior room in the house.”
Inside the home, prosecutors said they “noticed a cell phone wrapped in tin foil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone or intercept her communications, but by law enforcement.” Maxwell’s lawyers are asking that their client be freed on a $5 million bond with conditions while the case is pending. However, prosecutors are urging a judge to decline her request, citing the number of strange actions Maxwell has taken.
As Baller Alert previously reported, Maxwell is named by several Epstein accusers as one of their abusers. One survivor says the Maxwell raped her more than “20 or 30 times” “She is just as evil as Jeffrey Epstein … She is a rapist,” said the unnamed accuser.