Ghislaine Maxwell’s Brother Compares Her To Harvey Weinstein After She’s Refused Bail
Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother Ian Maxwell has defended his sister, describing her case as ‘the most over-hyped trial of the century without a doubt’.
Maxwell, 59, is set to stand trial on sex trafficking charges in the US, having been accused of assisting her former partner Jeffrey Epstein, the late convicted sex offender who was arrested on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors.
Prosecutors have alleged that Maxwell groomed girls as young as 14 to have sex with Epstein and that she lied about having knowledge of his offences while testifying in an earlier case.
Maxwell has now been held in custody for nearly 17 months, after Judge Alison J. Nathan denied her requests for bail on several occasions, believing her to be a flight risk.
During an interview with AP, Ian Maxwell argued that his sister was being held accountable for charges which would have been brought against Epstein had he not died by suicide in prison back in 2019.
Mr Maxwell stated that ‘the trial is designed to break her; I can’t see any other way to read it’, adding, ‘she will not be broken because she believes completely in her innocence and she is going to give the best account she can’.
He went on to compare his sister’s treatment in regards to bail as ‘wholly inappropriate’, noting that a number of men in high profile cases have been granted bail before her:
Some very famous, infamous people were granted bail, as most recently the killer of George Floyd, a murderer. John Gotti, another murderer, a mobster. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bernie Madoff. These are all men, of course, who got bail. Ghislaine is a woman who somehow doesn’t get bail.
Maxwell’s family have continued to demand she receive bail, with her six siblings this week asking the United Nations (UN) to look into her ‘inhumane’ treatment.
Maxwell’s trial is scheduled to begin on November 29.
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