Ghislaine Maxwell Emerges from Prison with Unexplained Black Eye
Attorneys cannot explain injury
Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam for the late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has appeared unrecognizable in a new photo taken since she was jailed last year.
Maxwell has what appears to be a black eye that her attorneys cannot explain.
59-year-old Maxwell is the former girlfriend of sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly committed suicide last year while in prison.
Epstein's death raised suspicion due to his ties with former President Bill Clinton and the UK's Prince Andrew.
Maxwell has been in federal custody for 10 months over allegations that she groomed young girls for Epstein during the late 1990s through the early 2000s.
Maxwell was arrested by FBI agents in New Hampshire last year on multiple charges relating to sex abuse, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts.
Last month, she was charged with sex trafficking of a minor over allegations that she groomed a 14-year-old girl.
Maxwell is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Guards report keeping a close watch on Maxwell, checking every 15 minutes to be sure she is still breathing.
Maxwell's lawyers want those check-ins to stop, however.
Maxwell attorney Bobbi Sternheim submitted a court filing that included the photo of his client's black eye, Fox News reported.
Sternheim stated that Maxwell doesn't know how she received the injury.
The lawyer suggested it might have come from Maxwell shielding her eyes from flashlights during checks by guards.
Sternheim told the court that Maxwell "has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline and punitive chores."
Last year, a lawyer representing Epstein's victims said he fears Maxwell will also die in jail because she “knows too much.”
Attorney Spencer Kuvin said there are fears among Epstein’s victims that Maxwell will be "suicided" because there are powerful people working to prevent her testifying in court.
“I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive,” Kuvin said.