Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell claimed in a court filing Friday that the alleged madame hadn’t been in contact with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein for more than decade prior to his 2019 suicide in a Manhattan jail cell.
Maxwell’s lawyers made the claim while arguing she should be released on $5 million bond while awaiting trial on a six-count indictment for allegedly procuring girls for Epstein to abuse and then lying about it under oath.
They wrote that the media sought to blame Maxwell for Epstein’s alleged crimes after his suicide — even though she hadn’t been in contact with him for years.
“The media focus quickly shifted to our client—wrongly trying to substitute her for Epstein—even though she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or been found liable in any civil litigation, and has always denied any allegations of claimed misconduct,” her lawyers wrote in the court filing.
“But sometimes the simplest point is the most critical one: Ghislaine Maxwell is not
Jeffrey Epstein,” they added.
Her attorneys were responding to a detention memo by prosecutors who argued she should be remanded because of her strong ties to foreign countries, exuberant wealth and the severity of the charges against her.
In the the Friday filing, Maxwell’s attorneys argued she’d been scapegoated by the press and was forced to go into hiding after Epstein’s suicide to avoid intrusive reporters who sought to blame her for Epstein’s crimes.