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GHISLAINE Maxwell has been transferred to New York ahead of her trial, according to reports.

She is being held at Brooklyn’s tough Metropolitan Detention Centre before she appears in court on Friday.

The arrested socialite has been charged with several offences relating to sex crimes with minors.

It is believed the former girlfriend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will be cooperative with FBI, which could see the likes of Donald Trump and Bill Clinton called into question.

This comes after sources say Prince Andrew is "agonising" over the arrest of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and fears "making enemies".

The Duke of York hasn't commented since Maxwell was arrested and charged with grooming and trafficking underage girls for her then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

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  • INSIDE BRUTAL JAIL WHERE MAXWELL IS HELD

    Pictures show the inside of the infamously brutal New York City jail Ghislaine Maxwell will call home as she awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking.

    The 58-year-old alleged pimp of Jeffrey Epstein was transferred to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in New York on Monday, four days after her arrest in New Hampshire.
    The MDC is notorious for its history of deplorable conditions and mistreatment of inmates.

    Since MDC opened in the early 1990s, the facility has had a reputation as one of the worst federal jails in the US following several investigations into prisoner abuse and unlivable conditions.

    The jail was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month after the death of Jamie Floyd, a 35-year-old inmate who died after corrections officers pepper-sprayed him in the face.

  • JULY 14 ARRAIGNMENT FOR GHISLAINE MAXWELL

    Ghislaine Maxwell will be arraigned on July 14 on charges of luring underage girls so that the financier could abuse them, according to a court order issued Tuesday evening.

    Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan federal court said a bail hearing would be held at 1 pm that day via video conference.

    Maxwell, 58, arrived at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on Monday.

    She was arrested on July 2 at a mansion in New Hampshire, where investigators said she had been lying low.

    Prosecutors said Maxwell groomed girls so Epstein abuse them at lavish homes in Palm Beach, Florida, New Mexico and Manhattan.

    Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005 when he hanged himself in a federal facility in Manhattan in August.

    Nathan said that to optimize video quality, only the judge, Maxwell, her lawyer and a prosecutor would appear on video at the hearing.

    The judge said others could access audio of the hearing by telephone. Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison.

  • GHISLAINE MAXWELL HIRES LAWYER WHO HELPED BRING DOWN “EL CHAPO”

    Ghislaine Maxwell has reportedly hired Christian Everdell, the former prosecutor who helped bring down Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and was an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York for more than a decade.

    He and his team were awarded a “True American Hero Award” by the Federal Drug Agent Foundation for their work in bringing down “El Chapo.”

    Everdell will defend Maxwell who faces child sex-trafficking charges.

    According to Fox News, Everdell will likely try and get Maxwell to turn on others within Epstein's circle to cut a deal.

    “He will of course do what is in the best interests of his client, but no doubt he will be talking to her about the benefits of becoming a cooperating witness,” said Jennifer Rodgers, who was his supervisor while at SDNY.

  • PRINCE ANDREW 'AGONISING OVER DECISION TO CONDEMN MAXWELL'

    Prince Andrew is 'agonising' over the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell – and fears “making enemies”, sources say.

    The Duke of York hasn't offered a comment since Maxwell was arrested and charged with grooming and trafficking underage girls for her then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

    But The Telegraph reported that the Duke is caught in a dilemma over how to proceed while facing questioning by the FBI.

    Prince Andrew hasn't denounced convicted paedophile Epstein – including in a Newsnight interview last year.

    And Prince Andrew says he doesn't regret their friendship as he had met “useful” people through Epstein.

    To read the full story, click here

  • MAXWELL ON '14-DAY COVID LOCKDOWN'

    Maxwell is under a 14-day coronavirus lockdown in jail.

    The 58-year-old alleged pimp of Jeffrey Epstein was transferred to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in New York on Monday, four days after her arrest in New Hampshire.

    The MDC is notorious for its history of deplorable conditions and mistreatment of inmates.

    The jail was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month after the death of Jamie Floyd, a 35-year-old inmate who died after corrections officers pepper-sprayed him in the face.

  • EPSTEIN VICTIM 'PARADED IN FRONT OF TRUMP', LAWSUIT CLAIMS

    President Donald Trump was introduced to one of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims and witnessed the financier's decades-long sexual abuse, the victim's lawsuit claims.

    The unnamed woman is reportedly suing Epstein's estate and claims that when she was just 14 years old the billionaire took her to Mar-a-Lago, where he showed her to Trump.

    “This is a good one, right?” she claims Epstein said as he allegedly elbowed Trump “playfully” during the introduction at his Florida estate.

    There is no suggestion that the president knew she was underage or was involved in any abuse.

    You can read the story here

  • ZORRO RANCH MANAGER 'VANISHED' AFTER EPSTEIN'S DEATH

    One source claimed that Manager Brice Gordon and his wife Karen, who have been listed at the address since the early 2000s, allegedly "disappeared" after Epstein's death last year, with locals speculating they moved to New Zealand.

    But another source told The Sun the couple could still be at the property, choosing to stay out of the spotlight since Maxwell's arrest.

    “Brice and Karen are originally from New Zealand and many thought they had moved back, but they are believed to still be maintaining the ranch,” a source said.

    “They also have a rental in Santa Fe which they lease to a friend, and appear to be keeping a very low profile.

    “There used to be horses and cattle on the land, but there are no animals as the stables and fields remain empty.

    “There is never any answer at the intercom and the large double gates are surrounded by an array of signs warning against trespass,” following a recent break-in.

    The full story can be found here

  • EPSTEIN'S ZORRO RANCH COULD BE SEIZED

    Jeffrey Epstein's Zorro Ranch is seen in eerie new footage – after investigative evidence was sent to feds which could see it seized, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

    Aerial photographs and video captured in the New Mexico desert show the notorious 10,000 acre estate, where Epstein allegedly raped and sexually assaulted young girls, with the help of supposed procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell.

    A few employees are still working at the site, but the multi-room white mansion is believed to be empty, with all of the curtains drawn and the 'Z' logo still visible on the side of the building.

    Investigators are now believed to be probing crimes at the mansion, with a number of women claiming to have been trafficked and abused at the ranch.

    You can see all the photos in our exclusive story here

  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    Maxwell had originally claimed in court documents in March that Epstein, who was found dead last year awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, had promised her “repeatedly” he would support her financially “both in writing and in conversation”.

    The documents state that in 2004: “Maxwell received a typewritten letter from Epstein with a handwritten note asking Maxwell to remain in Epstein's employ and promising that no matter what Maxwell chose to do, Epstein would always support her financially.”

    She also claims she “had no involvement in or knowledge of Epstein's alleged misconduct, but nonetheless has been required to pay significant legal fees, personal security costs, and other expenses because the alleged events occurred while she was employed by Epstein and his affiliated businesses.”

    To read the full story, click here

  • 'UNSPEAKABLE' CRIMES

    New York Attorney Audrey Strauss said it was possible Maxwell could co-operate despite facing charges of lying about “unspeakable” child sex crimes.

    She has been indicted on multiple charges, including that she conspired to entice girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein at Epstein’s residences in New York City, Florida, and New Mexico.

    Prosecutors say the charges carry a potential penalty of up to 35 years in prison.

  • US PRISON SYSTEM 'RIFE WITH CORONAVIRUS'

    The Bureau of Prisons showed more than 70 per cent of US federal prison inmates serving time who have been tested for coronavirus turned out to be infected.

    A lawsuit has been launched on behalf of hundreds of prisoners over the authorities’ handling of the outbreak behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Ghislaine’s ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein was last year found dead from an apparent suicide.

    New figures provided by the Bureau of Prisons show that out of 2,700 tests system-wide across US jails, nearly 2,000 have come back positive.

    Activists and lawmakers acting for inmates have raised alarm over whether the Federal Bureau of Prisons is doing enough to ensure their safety during the pandemic, which has hit New York and America hard.

    Click here to read the full story

  • 'HUMILIATING SEARCHES'

    At the MDC, Maxwell will be issued a T-shirt and other basic clothing, a thin mattress, pillow and blanket.

    She will undergo humiliating searches and be denied nearly all possessions – a far cry from the luxury lifestyle she has become accustomed to.

    Maxwell may be allowed to have an approved religious medallion or book, such as the Bible, according to Cameron Lindsay.

    Detainees “have nothing of their personal property,” he added.

  • DEUTSCHE BANK FINED £118M OVER EPSTEIN LINKS

    Deutsche Bank has been fined £118million for a lack of oversight in its dealings with three clients including paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    The bank acknowledged it made a “critical mistake” in allowing Epstein to open accounts that were later used to pay off victims of his abuse.

    The New York State Department of Financial Service (NYDFS) criticised Deutsche Bank's “significant compliance failures”.

    Epstein was a Deutsche Bank client from August 2013 to December 2018, when the relationship ended following additional negative press about his misconduct.

    In a memo to staff today, Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Christian Sewing said that taking on Epstein as a client was a “critical mistake and should never have happened”.

    Read the full story here

  • 'SINISTER SIDE'

    Maria Farmer – one of Epstein's alleged victims – explained there was a "sinister" side to Maxwell who would change moods almost instantaneously – going from happy and bubbly to completely serious.

    Of Maxwell, she said: “[Ghislaine] was one of those people who could talk to anyone and make them laugh, but she was also very silly and immature.”

    She added: “But because she was so charming, well dressed and well spoken she could get away with saying weird things.

    “She liked to disarm people, make them feel a little unsteady, and Jeffrey was the same way.”

  • MAXWELL 'TARGETED SCHOOLGIRLS IN UNIFORMS WITH BRACES', CLAIMS EPSTEIN VICTIM

    Ghislaine Maxwell would bring schoolgirls in uniform and wearing braces for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, the first accuser to report the couple to the FBI has claimed.

    Maria Farmer described Maxwell approaching schoolgirls who would later show up at Epstein's house – sometimes wearing uniform, and still with braces on their teeth.

    She described being struck by how young the girls would be, but originally dismissed it as she thought it was just the way the modelling world worked.

    Speaking on 60 Minutes, Ms Farmer claimed at the time schools would begin heading home for the day – Maxwell would exclaim “I've gotta get the nubiles”.

    She said she would quiz Maxwell on why the girls were so young, and she would simply brush it off saying “these girls model, they start young”.

    Ms Farmer said: “I saw a couple of girls in braces, and I have never seen a model with braces, and all of them were completely flat chested.

    “Sometimes they would be wearing a uniform as they were marched upstairs.

    “One day a girl came down crying, and I asked Ghislaine why she was crying, and she said 'she didn't get the job, she needs to toughen up'.”

    To read the full story, click here

  • JAIL ACCUSED OF COVER-UP AT HEIGHT OF PANDEMIC

    The jail where Maxwell is being held was accused of a massive coronavirus cover-up at the height of the pandemic, it has been revealed.

    The prison has been accused of destroying medical records as part of a deliberate effort to obscure the number of incarcerated people infected with the coronavirus and to avoid providing them adequate care.

    The allegations were contained in a report released at the end of April by a medical expert who toured the facility April 23 as part of a court-ordered inspection.

    Dr Homer Venters – former medical director for New York City’s jails who oversaw that system’s response to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, as well as outbreaks of other diseases in city jails – said in his report the six people in custody who have tested positive for the disease at the prison most likely represent the tip of the iceberg of the outbreak of the disease in jail.

    He warned: “There may be a significant number of cases of COVID-19 that are undetected, both propelling the pace of the outbreak within the MDC—and because the MDC is not a closed system—the larger community.”

    You can read the full story here

  • TAPPING INTO JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ESTATE

    Ghislaine Maxwell is demanding her legal bills are paid by her paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein's estate.

    That means she’s potentially taking money from alleged victims she is accused of molesting, The Sun can reveal.

    Maxwell, 58, who was arrested last week by the FBI on child sex trafficking charges, filed a lawsuit against the Epstein estate seeking cash from her former lover back in March.

    Lawyers for Epstein's alleged pimp asked for, “an advancement of attorney's fees, security costs, costs to find safe accommodation and all other expenses”.

    This is in connection with any “threatened, pending, or completed suit, proceeding or investigation relating to Epstein, his affiliated business and his alleged victims,” the papers show.

    Court papers filed in the US Virgin Islands last month, obtained by The Sun, show that while Epstein's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss, the case is still open, after her lawyers asked for a delay until September.

    Spencer Kuvin, who represents victims of the disgraced financier, branded Maxwell's demands “disgusting” saying it could take funds that would go to victims.

    To read the full story, see HERE

  • ‘CRUSHING EXPERIENCE’

    Ghislaine Maxwell faces a “crushing experience” at a hellhole jail where inmates are out to do her harm, an ex-warden revealed.

    Maxwell, 58, has been moved to the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in New York ahead of a court hearing on child sex abuse charges.

    The Brooklyn jail's former warden (governor) has revealed Jeffrey Epstein's so-called pimp should prepare for the worst as fellow inmates will see attacking her as a “badge of honour”.

    Cameron Lindsay said: “You go from living a life like Maxwell to all of a sudden being in a situation where you’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities.

    “That is a crushing experience.”

    Lindsay said prison officials will now have to decide whether or not to keep Maxwell in a 10-foot-by-12-foot cell alone or house her with another female prisoner.

    For the full story, see HERE

  • 'EX-SAS PROTECTION'

    Ghislaine Maxwell paid a whopping £150,000 to hire a team of ex-SAS guards after getting death threats, the Sun recently revealed.

    A source confirmed: “Ghislaine lived in real fear something might happen to her, and with good reason.

    “There were a lot of death threats and hostility.

    “She sought help from former SAS professionals. The company did not provide personal protection people.”

    The £154,345 payment to The Next Step (Veterans Transition) Ltd for “security/relocation costs” was revealed in court papers filed in the US Virgin Islands in May as part of Maxwell’s efforts to get Jeffrey Epstein’s estate to cover her legal bills.

    To read the full story, see HERE

  • 'NEVER SAW ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE'

    Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer Alan Dershowitz has backed the paedophile's alleged “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell.

    In an open-ed piece posted on The Spectator – published one day after Maxwell's arrest – he urged caution over the case.

    The lawyer said he and his wife met Maxwell “in the presence of prominent people” and “never saw her do anything inappropriate.

    “Now she stands accused of serious crimes allegedly committed a quarter of a century ago.

    “Like every other arrested person, she must be presumed innocent.”

    Dershowitz also wrote: “So everyone should keep an open mind about Maxwell as they should about others who have been accused by Epstein’s alleged victims.

    “The case against Ghislaine Maxwell is far from over.”

  • CHECKED FOR CORONAVIRUS

    Ghislaine Maxwell has to deal with an immediate 14-day quarantine and testing for the coronavirus in prison.

    Monday saw her transferred to a New York City jail plagued by coronavirus concerns as she faces charges that she recruited girls, one as young as 14, for paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

    The FBI charged Maxwell with four criminal counts related to procuring and transporting minors for illegal sex acts and two of perjury.

    She has denied wrongdoing and called claims against her absolute rubbish.

    The 58-year-old was moved to the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, where she will await a July 14 remote appearance in Manhattan federal court, her lawyer told a judge.

    The Bureau of Prisons currently lists five inmates and six employees at the Brooklyn jail as testing positive to coronavirus.

    And another eight inmates along with 35 staff members have previously recovered from Covid-19.

    Under the prison system's coronavirus protocols, Maxwell faces an immediate 14-day quarantine and testing for the bug.

    Maxwell was initially locked up at a New Hampshire jail after the FBI arrested the Brit in a dramatic raid last week at her $1million estate.

  • APPEARING BY VIDEO

    Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell will appear in court by video remotely from the federal jail, her defence team says.

    Late on Monday, a judge said Maxwell could appear at her arraignment and bail hearing by video because of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the US.

    But, those scheduling limitations require it be held on Thursday or next week – not Friday as her lawyer requested, reports the Associated Press.

    Her defence attorneys, Mark Cohen and Christian Everdell, told Judge Alison Nathan in a letter on July 6 that they were finally able to speak with their client at the Brooklyn lockup shortly before 9 pm Monday.

    Maxwell agreed to waive her right to appear in person in court for her arraignment and a bail hearing.

    Her lawyers said they wanted the hearing to take place on the morning of July 14.

    She will appear by video remotely from the federal jail, AP adds.

  • GAGGING ORDER WILL PROTECT EPSTEIN'S FAMOUS PALS

    A gagging order is being drawn up to protect the identity of Jeffrey Epstein’s high profile pals for when Ghislaine Maxwell appears in court, it was reported.

    Maxwell is due to appear in a Manhattan court on Friday to face charges of that she recruited girls, one as young as 14, for former boyfriend Epstein to sexually abuse.

    Wealthy paedophile Esptein’s famous friends included Bill Clinton, Woody Allen and Donald Trump as well as Prince Andrew.

    But ahead of Maxwell’s court appearance, the Daily Mail reports that documents state a gagging clause is being drawn up to protect “the privacy and identity of third parties”.

    The measures will cover alleged victims of Maxwell, who has been described as Epstein’s “madam” for her alleged role in luring under-age girls for him to abuse.

    But the terms of the proposed legal order are reportedly so wide that they may also afford protection to the paedophile’s high-profile associates.

  • INJURING MAXWELL ‘BADGE OF HONOUR’ FOR PRISONERS

    More from Cameron Lindsay, the former warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center, on the conditions Maxwell will face in the tough jail.

    “You go from living a life like Maxwell to all of a sudden being in a situation where you’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities,” he told Reuters.

    “That is a crushing experience.”

    Lindsay said MDC officials will have to weigh whether to keep Maxwell in her 10-foot-by-12-foot cell alone or housed with another female prisoner.

    A cellmate might help prevent her from attempting suicide, a critical issue following Epstein’s death. But Lindsay said the nature of her charges and her high profile also makes her a target.

    For other prisoners, injuring Maxwell “would be a badge of honour,” said Lindsay.

  • MAXWELL MONITORED AROUND THE CLOCK

    Ghislaine Maxwell's every move will be monitored following the jail cell death of her former lover Jeffrey Epstein.

    Convicted paedophile Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell before he faced justice on charges of sex trafficking.

    Now a law-enforcement source has revealed prison officials in charge of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn are determined to avoid a similar fate with Maxwell.

    “They want to make sure she’ll stand trial,” a source told the New York Post before adding the Bureau of Prisons doesn’t want another “black eye.”

    The 58-year-old will be guarded by the “highest security available” while behind bars, the source added.

    She’ll be “shadowed by prison officers” when she moves around the jail and a surveillance camera will be trained on her cell, claimed the insider.

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