According to a new report, Ghislaine Maxwell, a notorious friend of Jeffrey Epstein, has filed more than 100 complaints during his time behind bars, claiming everything from excessive body-cavity searches to aggressive shower surveillance.
Maxwell, who was awaiting sentencing after being convicted of serving as a brutal slave to a late sex predator, spent 22 months in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
New court papers show that Maxwell complained of a growing number of “outrageous” body-cavities and strip searches, according to the report.
She also alleged that she was handcuffed to a chair while watching television and that prison personnel filmed her round the clock – even in the shower.
Maxwell’s lawyers note that another prisoner had threatened to strangle him in his sleep and feared he would be shot by a sniper.
His legal team argues that the punitive terms of his imprisonment should qualify him for a more lenient term in sentencing.
Scheduled to find out his fate later this month, Maxwell will face a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison.
The report said her lawyers are pushing for a sentence of about five years from Judge Alison Nathan.
By insisting on her “humiliating” incarceration in the grim Brooklyn lockup, they are pushing for a far softer term than the 20 years Epstein received.
Her team has also shed light on what they termed her painful upbringing under her father, the late newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell.
Epstein, he argues, manipulated Maxwell to corrupt young girls for his personal pleasure, and his nature made it difficult to deny his requests.
He was transferred from solitary confinement to a general population cell in May.
Lawyers say security cameras monitored Maxwell’s movements 24 hours a day, while “an additional hand-held camera … followed him under the constant watch of several prison guards, who checked his every move.” Even when she was taking a bath.”
It is claimed that lights were left on in her cell day and night and that a torch was flashed in her eyes every 15 minutes to ensure she did not meet the same fate as Epstein, whose death was ruled a suicide. was given, it is claimed.
Her lawyer, Bobby Sternheim, says: “She was subjected to an exorbitant number of physical searches on a daily basis: bandage searches, body-cavity searches.
“Occasionally, searches were carried out in inappropriate ways and were particularly painfully abusive (sic) and intimidating, such as having her breasts and genitals touched in a rough and reckless manner.”
A vegetarian, Maxwell was reportedly provided with “short (sic), rancid, often rancid and inedible food,” and the tap water in his cell was “filthy-smelling and potable”.
Maxwell’s legal team compared his time on remand to a sentence given to terrorists and Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”.
Prosecutors in the case will present their arguments regarding Maxwell’s sentencing this week.