A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell (left), the alleged madam of the late Jeffrey Epstein (bottom right) filed a complaint in court alleging her jail cel at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (top right) had vermin droppings and raw sewage (Pictures: Reuters/EPA/Getty Images)
Ghislaine Maxwell has dealt with vermin droppings falling through air vents in her jail cell and raw sewage, her lawyer claimed in the latest complaint about conditions she faces behind bars.
The smell of sewage that ‘permeated’ into her cell was so terrible that Maxwell, 59, had to move to another cell, her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim wrote in a court filing on Tuesday night.
Those were just a couple in a list of complaints Sternheim listed about how Maxwell is being treated at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn as she awaits her trial for federal sex trafficking charges.
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam, accused of procuring girls as young as age 14 for him to abuse from 1994 to 2004, is expected to show for her trial on November 29. The British socialite has denied the charges and failed five times to convince a judge to release her on bail over poor conditions.
In the complaint, Sternheim wrote that ‘last week, raw sewage permeated Ms. Maxwell’s isolation cell, necessitating her removal to another cell’ and that ‘vermin droppings fell from air vents.’
Sternheim added that Maxwell has been subject to water deprivation and ‘hyper-surveillance’ by jail guards. Guards have still been able to read Maxwell’s confidential legal paperwork and watch over her meetings with her lawyers. During a four-hour meeting on Sunday, neither Maxwell nor her attorneys have been allowed to drink water, according to the complaint.
Maxwell’s lawyer added that ‘little if anything has been done’ despite complaints.
‘The ever-changing rules are negatively impacting Ms. Maxwell’s ability to prepare for trial,’ Sternheim wrote.
Sternheim also referenced Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon’s remarks on another sentencing not related to Maxwell’s case.
McMahon said there was ‘no excuse for the conditions’ in two New York City federal jails and that they were ‘run by morons’. Inmates ‘shouldn’t suffer for the incompetence of the United States Department of Justice and its subsidiary agency, the Bureau of Prisons’, McMahon said.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all her charges.
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