British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell will remain behind bars after her bail application was denied.
- Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of helping Jeffery Epstein recruit and groom teenage girls
- Ms Maxwell has been in jail since her arrest in July
- Her bail was denied for a second time, with a District Court judge saying Ms Maxwell was a risk of fleeing
Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to helping Jeffery Epstein recruit and groom girls as young as 14 years old for sex in the mid-1990s, and not guilty to perjury for denying her involvement under oath.
On Monday local time, US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said federal prosecutors persuaded her that Ms Maxwell “poses a flight risk” despite her proposed $US28.5 million ($37.5 million) bail package.
Judge Nathan said Ms Maxwell should remain in jail because “no conditions of release” reasonably assured she would appear in court.
Lawyers for Ms Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss declined to comment.
Ms Maxwell has been jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, following her July 2 arrest at her New Hampshire home, where prosecutors said she was hiding out.
The proposed bail package included $US22.5 million ($29.7 million) posted by Ms Maxwell and her husband, as well as home confinement with electronic monitoring and 24-hour guard to ensure she remained safe and would not escape.
Ms Maxwell said she wanted to stay in New York to clear her name, while her lawyers objected to jail conditions including invasive searches and surveillance by flashlight-toting guards who woke her every 15 minutes to ensure she was still breathing.
But Judge Nathan, who rejected a $US5 million bail package for Ms Maxwell in July, said none of the new arguments had a “material bearing” on whether she was a flight risk.
In opposing bail, prosecutors cited Ms Maxwell’s abilities to hide her wealth and evade capture, and the prospect she might flee to France or the United Kingdom.
Ms Maxwell holds citizenships in both countries and prosecutors said she might elude extradition.
Ms Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. Her trial is scheduled for July 12, 2021.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Former US Attorney General William Barr criticised errors by jail personnel that he said contributed to Epstein’s death.