Ghislaine Maxwell says psychologists posing as prison guards are spying on her
Prince Andrew’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell claims she is being monitored by psychologists posing as jail guards while being held on sex charges.
Lawyers for the British socialite have complained to a New York court the 58-year-old is receiving unfair treatment as she awaits trial next July.
Her legal team say Maxwell is isolated, under 24-hour video surveillance and subjected to constant observation by multiple guards at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.
In a letter to US District Court Judge Alison Nathan, her lawyers say they recently learned “some of these prison guards were, in fact, BOP (Bureau of Prisons) psychologists who were observing Ms Maxwell and evaluating her for hours each day without her knowledge.
“We are aware of no other pretrial detainee receiving such treatment.”
Her team of attorneys have asked the judge to transfer her to the general jail population where she could socialise with others.
The increased security around Maxwell comes after her former boyfriend, paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, committed suicide last year as he awaited trial at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre.
According to officials, the guards who were supposed to be watching the 66-year-old billionaire were sleeping and online shopping.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 and charged with recruiting, grooming and abusing three alleged victims, including a girl as young as 14 years old.
Prosecutors allege the offences occurred between 1994 and 1997.
Millionaire Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Judge Nathen previously denied Maxwell bail after finding her a flight risk.
Her lawyers have argued she has never been diagnosed as suicidal and the current conditions treat her unfairly.
Maxwell has been limited to 30 minutes a month for personal phone calls, compared with 500 minutes given to other inmates awaiting trial, her lawyers said in the letter.
She does not have a desk or surface to take notes when she is reviewing evidence for her case and was recently denied access to the jail’s commissary, they added.
If convicted, Maxwell, the daughter of crooked media tycoon Robert Maxwell, faces up to 35 years in prison.
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