Ghislaine Maxwell was ordered held without bail Tuesday — with a federal judge ruling that she “poses substantial actual risk of flight” after she purposely hid from authorities.
“The nature and circumstances of the offense here weigh in favor of detention,” said Judge Alison Nathan during a video conference in Manhattan federal court.
“The government evidence at this early juncture appears strong.”
The 58-year-old heir of disgraced newspaper baron Robert Maxwell will be hauled back to the Metropolitan Detention Center to await trial on charges she conspired with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse young women.
In siding with prosecutors, Nathan said there was no conditions of bail that could ensure Maxwell’s return to court, noting her “significant financial resources,” foreign connections and efforts to secretly move around the country following Epstein’s arrest last year.
The jurist said without a clear picture of Maxwell’s finances — which prosecutors argued were purposely obscured — “it is practically impossible to set financial bail conditions that would reasonably assure her appearance in court.”
Earlier in the more than two-hour procedure, Maxwell pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment that could land her up to 35 years behind bars.
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Source: New York Post