Ghislaine Maxwell refused bail after she denies recruiting girls for Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell refused bail after she denies recruiting girls for Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend has pleaded not guilty to charges she recruited girls and women for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago.

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in a video court hearing in Manhattan.

She was denied bail after she entered her not guilty pleas.

Maxwell, 58, has been held without bail since her July 2 arrest at her million-dollar New Hampshire estate, where prosecutors say she refused to open the door for FBI agents, who broke through to find that she had retreated to an interior room.

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From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Guest, Piers Morgan and Ghislaine Maxwell attend BREAKFAST WITH LUCIAN by Geordie Greig at Private Residence on October 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
(L-R) Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, and musician Michael Bolton pose for a portrait during a party at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
The Duke of York leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend Aurelia Cecil to Rupert Stephenson at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury. The Duke of York left with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late Robert Maxwell.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Ghislaine Maxwell attends Polo Ralph Lauren host Victories of Athlete Ally at Polo Ralph Lauren Store on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Ghislaine Maxwell attends NATIONAL URBAN TECH CENTER 2014 Gala at Three Sixty on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: TerraMar's Ghislaine Maxwell (L) and his holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa attend a reception at Ghislaine Maxwell’s residence after "StarTalk Live! Water World" Panel Discussion on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: TerraMar's Ghislaine Maxwell attends a reception at Ghislaine Maxwell’s residence after "StarTalk Live! Water World" Panel Discussion on June 05, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 5: Ghislaine Maxwell attends Vanessa Noel Hosts Barbara Taylor Bradford's new book "Cavendon Hall" at Vanessa Noel on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Ghislaine Maxwell attends EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC Annual Children's Benefit Gala at Capitale on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Ghislaine Maxwell attends BREAKFAST WITH LUCIAN by Geordie Greig at Private Residence on October 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Ghislaine Maxwell attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 15: Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Rod Stewart at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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She was charged with recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997.

An indictment alleged that she helped groom the victims to endure sexual abuse and was sometimes there when Epstein abused them.

It also alleged that she lied during a 2016 deposition in a civil case stemming from Epstein's abuse of girls and women.

Epstein killed himself in August 2019, several weeks after he was confronted by two accusers at a bail hearing who insisted that he should remain in jail while awaiting sex trafficking charges that alleged he abused girls at his Manhattan and Florida mansions in the early 2000s.

In court papers, Maxwell's lawyers argued that Epstein's death left the media "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".

Prosecutors had argued in court papers filed on Monday that Maxwell was a danger to flee the country if she was freed on five million US dollars bail, which her lawyers recommended.

"The defendant has not only the motive to flee, but the means to do so swiftly and effectively," prosecutors wrote, citing her access to millions of dollars and the scant information about her finances provided by her lawyers.

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Narrow windows line the outside of the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Maxwell's lawyers have said she "vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence."

Epstein had a wide circle of friends including the Duke of York, Donald Trump and former US president Bill Clinton.

Andrew, who denies any wrongdoing, has since been urged to provide information to the investigation by a US attorney.

Laura Goldman, an investment banker who claims to have known Maxwell since she moved to the US, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier this month her friend would "have to" go for a plea deal with prosecutors.

Asked if Maxwell would speak about the duke as part of the investigation, Ms Goldman said: "She has always told me she would never, ever say anything about him.

"I think she felt he was her friend and she was never going to say anything about him.

"She felt in the 90s when her father died that Prince Andrew was there for her."

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