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Ghislaine Maxwell’s $28.5 Million Bail Request Is Rejected

  • Former Jeffrey Epstein associate poses flight risk, judge says
  • Maxwell is accused of helping Epstein traffic in girls for sex
Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell

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Former British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell will remain behind bars as she fights U.S. sex trafficking charges after a federal judge turned down her renewed request to be released on bail.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan rejected Maxwell’s proposal that she be freed on a $28.5 million bond, ruling that it doesn’t provide sufficient security that the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein will show up for trial. Epstein died in a New York jail last year while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking in girls for sex, a scheme in which prosecutors say Maxwell played a central role.