Ghislaine Maxwell claimed she was receiving food with worms inside and stopped showering due to “scary guards” in what she described as a “living hell” inside a New York City prison.
Maxwell, whose sex trafficking trial is set to begin later this month, told mail on sunday She was assaulted and abused by prison guards, and forced to sleep under “fluorescent lights” often accompanied by a mouse.
In an interview from her 10-foot by 12-foot cell inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, she described her condition as “vulnerable” and “vulnerable” and spoke of her fears of being denied a fair trial.
The ex-girlfriend and alleged pedophile of the late Jeffrey Epstein has been held in solitary confinement in prison since July 2020 when she was arrested in New Hampshire.
She has repeatedly complained about conditions inside the prison with her lawyer, claiming that she is so under invasive surveillance from guards that she “rivals the prison scenes of Dr. Hannibal Lecter” in the film. Silence of the Lambs.
Maxwell was denied bail for the fourth time just last week.
The 59-year-old British social activist and daughter of disgraced newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell is accused of recruiting underage girls for millionaire Epstein to abuse them for nearly a decade from 1994 to 2004.
She is accused of conspiring and inciting minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts and transporting minors to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly preparing and recruiting underage girls from 1994 until 1997.
She was also charged with sexual trafficking of a minor from 2001 to 2004, in addition to one count of conspiracy to traffic in sex. Maxwell denies all the allegations and has pleaded not guilty, but faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
She complained about her interview with mail on sunday She has not eaten a ‘nutritious meal’ in her 16 months behind bars, and was forced to eat ‘spoiled food’.
“I was assaulted and abused for nearly a year and a half,” she said. “I haven’t had a nutritious meal in that whole time. I haven’t slept without light – fluorescent lights that damaged my eyes – or allowed to sleep without a constant break.”
She added, “I’m weak, I’m weak. I don’t have stamina. I’m tired. I don’t even have shoes that fit my size correctly.”
“They feed me rotten food. One apple has larvae in it. I was not allowed to exercise.”
She compared some of the food to the Chernobyl accident – the worst nuclear disaster in history – and complained about “wet black” bananas and “wet” bread. “I was given food so exaggerated that it looked like Chernobyl after the nuclear fallout.”
She added that “she was taking a shower every day but I stopped because of the scary guards who were standing near me and staring at me all the time.”
“I would go to the bathroom with the sewer open and the friendly rat would visit me regularly,” she said. “I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat came out and charged the guard who screamed in horror. Finally, the sewer was covered.”
Ms Maxwell also described attempts by prison guards to intimidate her, including on one occasion when she said she was “threatened with the threat of punishment when I used a hair tie to secure my legal documents”.
But despite her claims, she said that she gives cooking lessons to some of the bouncers and that they joke about playing peek-a-boo.
Maxwell went on to say how she feared it would be “impossible” for her to get a fair trial due to “extremely negative” media coverage of the case.
“I am terrified that the overwhelming negative coverage will poison my pool of jurors and affect the outcome of my trial, despite evidence that I feel confident will prove my innocence,” she said. “I look forward to spending my day in court to prove that I played no part in Epstein’s crimes. I am innocent.”
Jury selection for Ms Maxwell’s trial is set to begin on Monday, with the trial set to begin on November 29.
Maxwell was arrested 11 months after Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan prison cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
independent I reached out to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for comment on Ms. Maxwell’s allegations about her treatment in a capital detention center.