Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend and one-time employee of deceased predatory pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, plans to offer up a $28.5 million bail package in an attempt to get out of jail, where she’s awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein and participating in their abuse.
As ABC News reports, $22 million of the bail will come from the combined assets of Maxwell and her as-yet-unidentified husband, with the remainder being provided by close friends and family.
When Maxwell was arrested in July and hit with a six-count indictment on federal charges related to “the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss called her alleged crimes “almost unspeakable,” and prosecutors sought to deny her bail because she held three passports and her “opaque” finances made her “the very definition of a flight risk.”
It also didn’t help Maxwell’s bid to go free when she told prosecutors that she was married but refused to identify her husband. Now it seems Maxwell has had an attitude adjustment after six months in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, and her lawyers hope that their new proposal, which includes the identities of the people who offered to cosign the bond, will allay prosecutors’ concerns.
“Ms. Maxwell and her counsel have assembled substantial information that was not available to present at the initial hearing [in July], as well as a comprehensive bail package co-signed by sureties who were unable to come forward at that time,” Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell wrote in a November 25 letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan.
The proposed package would include letters from these friends and family—plus Maxwell’s waiver of her right to contest extradition from England and France, where she also enjoys citizenship—but her lawyers say the potential signatories are still “legitimately afraid” of having their names made public because such revelations would “invite identification and harassment of the sureties and other third parties, including minor children,” and expose them to the “same relentless media scrutiny and threats that Ms. Maxwell has experienced for more than a year.”
The deal also includes a report by a professional accounting firm that “provides a summary of Ms. Maxwell’s financial condition from 2015-2020 and discloses all of her assets, all assets held in trust, and assets held by other family members.”
The bail application, which is expected to be reviewed by Nathan in the next few days, will be the first time Maxwell has publicly admitted to being married. Although the spouse has yet to be named, some news outlets are pegging Scott Borgerson as the lucky man.
Borgerson, 44, is a former Coast Guard Officer—though Maxwell has referred to him as a “Navy SEAL”—as well as the founder and former CEO of maritime data analytics company CargoMetrics, who shared his townhouse in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, with Maxwell before she paid $1.07 million in cash for the Bedford, New Hampshire, mansion where the feds took her into custody.
Borgerson has previously denied ever dating Maxwell, has said repeatedly that they’re just “friends,” and that he didn’t know where she was at the time of her arrest.
If Maxwell is granted bail, she could be out for Christmas, which will also be her 59th birthday.
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