Ghislaine Maxwell stands accused of helping deceased multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein traffic and grooming young girls to be sexually abused. She is now standing trial in New York City for the said accusations.
Maxwell’s lawyers had repeatedly requested bail, arguing that she was facing sleep deprivation because of the wellness checks that the corrections officers did every 15 minutes to make sure that Maxwell was “still breathing.”
However, the judges rejected all bail requests. On Thursday afternoon, Maxwell’s attorney Bobby Sternheim told the court that Maxwell had noticed a black eye the previous night.
Metropolitan Detention Center officers confronted her and demanded to know how she got it, but Maxwell claimed that she did not know what caused the black eye.
Sternheim stated in the court filing that Maxwell “has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline, and punitive chores.”
Maxwell’s lawyer then asked the court to have the wellness checks stopped, speculating that the bruise may be related to the wellness checks. According to Sternheim, “Maxwell’s eyes should be shielded” from the flashlight used during the wellness checks.
Sternheim added that Maxwell is classified as “an inmate with no significant mental health care.” Maxwell has been in federal custody since last year as she faces additional charges of lying under oath.
Of course, she has pleaded not guilty to the charges. As such, the court has scheduled her trial to start in July.