Ghislaine Maxwell's family has launched a campaign to get her out of prison. She claims that she has lost significant weight and that her human rights have been violated.
Operation GGO, a campaign to get Ghislaine out of her Brooklyn prison cell, comes after she requested her release on $ 5 million bail this summer on sex trafficking charges.
She maintained her innocence, but the Manhattan judge deemed her a flight risk as she had evaded capture for almost a year.
Brian Basham, a family friend and public relations professional, set out to rid Maxwell of the "cruel" and "vengeful" treatment allegedly received by US authorities.
Basham claimed the heiress has lost 25 pounds since she was taken into custody because the guards disregarded her vegan diet, reports The Telegraph.
The former celebrity is on pre-trial detention for child trafficking related to Jeffrey Epstein and may be in jail a year before her trial next summer. Pictured the couple together in 2005
When Maxwell complained, Basham told The Telegraph, the prison officials simply removed their scales to prevent them from recording their weight.
"She lost 25 pounds in prison, but when she complained they took her scale away so she couldn't weigh herself," he told the newspaper.
Basham also alleged that prison officials forced Maxwell to wear paper clothes and prohibited her from wearing bras for fear of risking suicide.
The concerns coincided with those of Jeffrey Epstein, who died of suicide in a Manhattan prison cell last year while awaiting trial.
Epstein, a New York financier whose reputation was marred by allegations of child molestation, was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to bring charges of sex trafficking.
He was repeatedly accused of the heinous act throughout his adult life, and pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida in 2008.
He was awaiting trial in the Metropolitan Correctional Center prison in New York City when he committed suicide in his prison cell in August 2019.
Epstein's death rocked the country and was a shocking blow to a number of his victims who had come forward.
Jeffrey Epstein (left) died by suicide in August 2019 and Ghislaine Maxwell (right) was able to evade the authorities for almost a year
Ghislaine Maxwell has reportedly lost 25 pounds while at the Cusotdy because she is not getting "properly nourished" vegan meals.
Pictured: The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Maxwell has been held since this summer
Maxwell, who was accused of being his "wife," soon fled and managed to evade authorities for months before she was jailed in New Hampshire. She was charged with six federal crimes, including seduction of minors and sex trafficking.
Basham told The Telegraph that the prison guards stopped talking to Maxwell, who spends her days in isolation in a 9 by 7 foot cell.
Her loneliness is compounded by the fact that letters from family members have not reached her, according to Basham.
"She cannot speak to her sisters and her letters are not given to her vengefully," he told the publication.
She is in a 9 by 7 foot cell on a floor of the prison where no one else is. The last thing I heard is that the guards have now stopped talking to her so she is very isolated.
"I was told that none of the family members could visit or speak to her directly."
Basham has offered to help the Maxwells pro bono secure their bail ahead of their July 2021 trial.
He told The Telegraph that he volunteered to lead the campaign "because I thought the Justice Department and FBI dog and pony show was trying to drive what I consider to be a lynch mob further insane . "
He added that he found it appalling that Maxwell was still in custody when bail was given to other convicted sex offenders, notably Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby.
Pictured (left to right): Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein and musician Michael Bolton pose for a portrait during a party at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
Brian Basham: Both Weinstein and Cosby were released on bail and it was men who posed a threat to women. You can't say that about Ghislaine at all. "
Both Weinstein and Cosby were given bail, and it was men who posed a danger to women. You can't say that about Ghislaine, ”he said.
Maxwell has denied all six child trafficking, procurement, and perjury cases.
The filings released Thursday revealed that Maxwell repeatedly cracked down on alleged victim Virginia Giuffre's lawyers, attempting to object to the questioning, and at one point banging his fist on the table.
After the attack, she said: "Can we be clear, I have not threatened anyone."
The combative Maxwell repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. She refused to answer questions about her sex life with Epstein, denied having participated in orgies, and declined questions about underage girls, including a 13-year-old who was at Epstein's house.
Maxwell ruled out after being asked whether it was harmful to label a victim of sexual abuse a liar. She scolded, "I want to say that all of the terrible things Virginia Roberts said about me are extremely harmful, and you should reverse that."
She became excited and refused to answer whether she believed it was psychologically harmful for an adult to have sex with a minor.
& # 39; What are you asking me? I don't know what you're asking, ”Maxwell replied. "It has nothing to do with Virginia Roberts."
She declined to take nude photos of Epstein's victims, but insisted that any photo she took was by request and would have been "mainstream magazine photos" that "would have been very happy and expected on the mantelpiece or to be shown to your parents' grandparents ". Mantelpiece & # 39 ;.
President Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew were also raised during the hour-long conversation. Maxwell profoundly denied that Clinton had been to Epstein's Pedo Island.
She also circumvented questions about Giuffre's allegation that Prince Andrew used a Spitting Image doll to pat her in Epstein's New York home. Giuffre has claimed she was instructed to have sex with Prince Andrew several times and claims he vehemently denied it.
Maxwell is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of luring 14-year-old girls into abuse by pedophile Epstein between 1994 and 1997.
New York prosecutors allege Maxwell injured himself in the deposit when asked if Epstein had "a program to recruit underage girls for sexual massage."
Maxwell said flatly, "I don't know what you're talking about."
Prince Andrew wore face-covering today when he was seen for the first time since the Maxwell Files were released on Thursday
In the 2016 bombing, Maxwell refused to discuss her sex life as she avoided questions about orgies, underage girls and Prince Andrew (pictured today).
Maxwell said she continued to be friends with Epstein even after pleading for prostitution charges in 2006 because she was a "very loyal person" and because Epstein was "very good to me when my father died".
She knocked out when asked if she had ever helped recruit underage girls for the Epstein abuse and said, “First of all, try to catch me, I will not be caught.
“You ask me if I am recruiting, I told you no.
“I'm so angry and disgusting that you use the word recruit. I already told you I don't know what to say about it, and your implication is gross. & # 39;
Maxwell denied that Epstein had "negative, unflattering, private, or potentially embarrassing information" about her, and her attorney declined when asked if the billionaire was aware of any "illegal activity" she was conducting.
Maxwell claimed she had never done anything illegal, but admitted that she had a DUI on her file that stemmed from an arrest in the UK.
The deposit was partially redacted, with the names of Prince Andrew, Victoria's secret boss Les Wexner, Alan Dershowitz and some mentions of the Clintons blocked.
However, they were still identifiable from the details given and previous reporting.
In the meantime, the names of four child victims in the document have not been edited.