A federal judge on Monday refused to grant $28.5 million bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of pedophile businessman Jeffrey Epstein. The judge believes the defendant may be a fugitive from justice.
Although US District Judge Alison Nathan’s full ruling remained secret, she released a two-page summary outlining her reasons for rejecting the British socialite’s second bail offer. “The court concludes that no new information that the defendant has submitted in support of her application is materially relevant to the court’s determination. She can still get away with it,” Nathan wrote, noting that she considered the nature of the crime, the weight of the evidence and Maxwell’s background in reaching her decision.
Shortly after Maxwell’s arrest in July, the same judge refused to release her on $5 million bail, calling her financial declarations sloppy and raising concerns about her holding British and French passports. Afterwards, Maxwell’s lawyers presented a large bail package that represents all the assets of the defendant and her husband, CTO Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell, daughter of disgraced media titan Robert Maxwell, has repeatedly complained of unbearable prison conditions. She is accused of recruiting underage girls who were sexually abused in the 1990s by both Epstein and her. Maxwell denies the charges.