Ghislaine Maxwell has been envisioned with a “black eye” in a photo released by her lawyer.
The 59-year-old British socialite, who has actually pleaded innocent to charges declaring she recruited teenage ladies for ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, stated did not understand where the bruise came from – but it may be due to her using a sock or towel to shield her eyes.
Guards shine light into her prison cell every 15 minutes to ensure she is still breathing and has not attempted to kill herself, lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said.
The claims are included in a letter to the district court judge managing the case.
The letter said that guards at the Brooklyn jail where Maxwell is being held had actually threatened to move her to separate real estate if she could not discuss the swelling.
Ms Sternheim composed: “While Ms Maxwell is uninformed of the cause of the swelling, as reported to medical and psych personnel, she has grown progressively reluctant to report details to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline, and punitive tasks.”
Judge Alison J Nathan said district attorneys need to discuss within a week whether and why jail authorities may be subjecting Maxwell to “flashlight surveillance” and whether she might be offered “suitable eye covering”.
Maxwell deals with sex trafficking and other charges related to her alleged role in obtaining 4 teenage ladies for investor Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Last week she pleaded innocent to all charges in her first look before a judge.
She has been in custody because she was apprehended in July 2020 in New Hampshire.
Her attorneys have previously stated that prison conditions are undermining her preparation for a trial set up for 12 July, however she has been denied bail 3 times due to issues she is a flight risk.
Her attorneys had actually provided a guarantee of $28.5 m (₤ 20m), 24-hour armed guards, and a pledge from Maxwell – a United States citizen – that she would renounce her British and French citizenships.
Epstein eliminated himself in jail in August 2019 while awaiting his own trial on sex trafficking charges.