A new photo shows Ghislaine Maxwell with a black eye in prison — but the disgraced socialite refuses to say how it happened.
The photo was included in the latest federal court filing as her attorneys and prosecutors argue about her conditions behind bars ahead of trial.
Maxwell is Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged mistress and was charged by federal officials for her role in the alleged sex trafficking. Last month, a new indictment was announced that added sex trafficking count to her previously announced charges.
The two are accused of rape and trafficking young girls. In a new lawsuit, one victim detailed how the two raped her and threatened to feed her to alligators if she told anyone.
Maxwell is being held in a federal prison in Brooklyn and her trials are scheduled for the summer.
The latest filing by Maxwell’s attorneys details her lack of sleep in prison. The lawyers claim Maxwell is disrupted throughout the night by guards shining a light in her cell, claiming her breathing must be checked.
But, her attorneys say there is nothing to support the claim she is a suicide risk.
Maxwell uses a sock or towel to cover her eyes to block the light that illuminates the cell every 15 minutes, her lawyers claim. That goes against the prosecution's claims that Maxwell wears a mask while she sleeps. Maxwell’s attorneys argue the mask is not provided, nor can it be purchased from the commissary.
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Prosecutors have defended Maxwell’s treatment in prison and noted she gets more time than other inmates to review her case and that she caused damage to her cell.
Maxwell’s attorneys also say the socialite was not aware of the black eye until she caught her reflection in a nail clipper. She does not have a mirror in her cell.
Prison staff confronted her about the bruise and threatened to put Maxwell in special care if she did not say how she got it, Maxwell’s lawyers noted.
“While Ms. Maxwell is unaware of the cause of the bruise, as reported to eh medical and psych staff, she has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline and punitive chores,” the filing reads.
The lawyers note the bruise may be related to Maxwell’s need to shield her eyes from the light.
Maxwell’s attorneys asked the court to ban the guards from shining the lights in Maxwell’s cell at night.
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