Ghislaine Maxwell has moaned about the conditions in the hell-hole Brooklyn jail where she’s locked up ahead of her sex-crimes trial.
The 58-year-old British socialite is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, where she complains she is subjected to strip searches despite being taken off suicide watch.
Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on July 2 when the FBI swooped in her $1 million New Hampshire bolthole and she is facing multiple charges of procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.
She has complained that despite easing the suicide watch which involved being forced to wear paper clothes and sleep on a bare mattress – conditions are still onerous, the New York Post reports.
Her lawyers have now asked she is moved out of moved out of solitary confinement and into the general population, claiming the Bureau of Prisons is mistreating her.
She continues to be surveilled 24 hours a day by security cameras and by multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular MDC personnel, they lawyers argued in a court filing.
These prison guards constantly observe Ghislaine Maxwell and take notes on her every activity, including her phone conversations with defense counsel.
Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees.
Maxwell has been indicted on multiple charges, including conspiring to entice girls as young as 14-year-old to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein from 1994 through 1997 at his residences in New York City, Florida, and New Mexico and at her home in London.
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.
Lindsay said the jail is well known among Bureau of Prison staff for its problems over the years.
He called it – one of the most troubled federal facilities in the prison system with a unique history of staff misconduct.
In 2007, 11 guards were charged with beating inmates in a horrific attack which left one prisoner’s cell covered with blood.
The jail also endured a sexual assault scandal, with a 2018 investigation leading to three prison officers being convicted of sexual abuse of female inmates.