Angry judge denies Ghislaine bail again, smacks her down for deception
At the moment the only high-profile person with a weirder marriage than Alec Baldwin may be Ghislaine Maxwell, the jailed former love interest and sidekick of the late Jeffrey Epstein.
And a federal judge is not happy.
FBI agents arrested Maxwell in July on sex trafficking charges, alleging she helped procure underage girls for Epstein, the enigmatic billionaire connected to some of the most influential people in the world, and some of his closest associates.
An initial request for $5 million bail was rejected. Maxwell’s lawyers recently revisited that with a $28.5 million bail offer.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan again said no. But on this occasion, she vented with a scathing order attacking Maxwell for her deception.
Earlier, Maxwell kept her marriage, reportedly to tech company CEO Scott Borgerson, a secret, and he refused to come forward to vouch for her – even though Maxwell’s lawyers maintained her marriage was a key reason why the British socialite would not flee the country. Even in this second filing, she declined to identify a husband, whose identity wasn’t fully known publicly until about two weeks ago.
Last year Borgerson described Maxwell as a “former friend,” Business Insider reported.
Prosecutors alleged she was actually in the middle of a divorce – which, her attorneys countered, was offered in order to insulate Borgerson from the negative limelight generated by Maxwell’s connection to Epstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell's renewed bail request is DENIED, with Judge Alison Nathan saying the new bail proposal didn't solve concerns of Maxwell skipping town that led to her being held without bail in the first place https://t.co/H7y6VcUFvX pic.twitter.com/dhSkVkqkRI
— Ben Wieder (@benbwieder) December 28, 2020
Yet her lawyers also maintained the couple’s relationship had blossomed at the oceanfront Massachusetts mansion they owned. But the FBI found her at a hideout in New Hampshire.
Judge Nathan was done.
“The defendant now argues that her newly revealed relationship with her spouse signals her deep affective ties in the country, but at the time she was arrested, she was not living with him and claimed to be getting divorced,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, the judge also took note of a major discrepancy in Maxwell’s financials. Fox News noted that upon her arrest she reported $3.5 million in assets. In her recent filing requesting bail, Maxwell pegged her net worth at $22.5 million.
Such a huge disparity “makes it unlikely that the misrepresentation was the result of the defendant’s misestimation rather than misdirection,” the judge noted. “That lack of candor raises significant concerns as to whether the court has now been provided a full and accurate picture of her finances.”
And the judge further noted that Maxwell has “demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to evade detection.” That referred to the fact that she ducked the cops for a year after Epstein’s arrest. Her lawyers said she only hid out to avoid the media, not law enforcement.
A federal judge has unsealed her ruling denying Ghislaine Maxwell's second bail request.
Maxwell's latest bid "only solidifies" the judge's view she's a flight risk.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 30, 2020
Citing Maxwell’s “pattern of providing incomplete or erroneous information to the court or to pretrial services,” as well as the evidence against her, the judge rejected the bail request.
“For substantially the same reasons as the Court determined that detention was warranted in the initial bail hearing, the Court again concludes that no conditions of release can reasonably assure the Defendant’s appearance at future proceedings,” Nathan wrote.
Maxwell has denied the government’s allegations.