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August 21, 2020
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GHISLAINE Maxwell has claimed she is under constant watch by psychologists disguised as prison guards while moaning about unfair treatment.

The former British socialite believes she is not being treated in the same way as other inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Maxwell, 58, who has been charged with recruiting, grooming and abusing three alleged victims, including a girl as young as 14, claims she is being secretly monitored by shrinks.

She is accused of playing a central role in the abuse of underage girls carried out by former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, though denies all wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In a letter to US District Court Judge Alison Nathan filed late Monday, Maxwell's lawyers say they recently learned that "some of these prison guards were, in fact, BOP 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 as she prepares for her trial next July.

The increased security comes after her former partner and depraved sex trafficker Epstein killed himself a year ago at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Maxwell was arrested last month when FBI agents raided a property in New Hampshire.

The circumstances of Epstein's death meant she was initially placed on suicide watch, having to wear paper clothes and sleep on a bare mattress.

According to prosecutors, the guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were napping and online shopping.
Some of these prison guards were, in fact, BOP psychologists who were observing Ms. Maxwell and evaluating her for hours each day without her knowledge
Maxwell's Lawyers

They have been charged with filing false records, and both guards have pleaded not guilty.

Maxwell's lawyers argued that she has never been diagnosed as suicidal and that her current conditions are unfair.

They claim that Maxwell has been limited to 30 minutes a month for personal phone calls, compared to the 500 minutes given to other inmates awaiting trial.

She was not granted bail after a judge deemed her a flight risk.

Maxwell, who is in solitary confinement, is being held in "uniquely onerous conditions" according to her lawyers in recent court filings.

“[Maxwell] 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 [Metropolitan Detention Center] personnel,” the filing read.

“These prison guards constantly observe Ms Maxwell and take notes on her every activity, including her phone conversations with defense counsel."

New York law protects against disclosure of a “confidential communication" between an attorney and his or her client.

The filing continued: "Her cell is [still] searched multiple times a day and she has been forced to undergo numerous body scans.

“It has become apparent that the BOP’s treatment of Ms Maxwell is a reaction to the circumstances surrounding the pretrial detention and death of Mr Epstein.

“As a result of what occurred with Mr Epstein, Ms Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees.”

The filing added that Maxwell “has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide”.

Lawyers asked for her to be allowed more time with a computer to study documents related to her case and to be “released to the general population and be granted the privileges given to other pretrial detainees”.


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