- Ghislaine Maxwell's attorneys recently complained of "dire conditions" in their Brooklyn prison.
- Prosecutors on Tuesday denied claims that Maxwell "withered into a shell of the former self".
- They added that Maxwell doesn't clean her cell or flush her toilet.
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Prosecutors responded to Ghislaine Maxwell's complaints about mistreatment in prison with a long letter Tuesday, contradicting her claims and accusing her of failing to keep her cell clean.
The British celebrity is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York on charges of her former employee, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein died of suicide in his Manhattan prison cell while awaiting his own trial in August 2019.
In an attempt to bail Maxwell while she awaits trial, which is due to begin in July, her lawyers recently complained about "terrible conditions" in the prison.
They said Maxwell was being "kept up all night to make sure she did not commit suicide" and was "de facto in solitary confinement" due to COVID-19 security measures.
Barricades at an entrance to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
Maxwell's lawyers also complained that her client was not getting enough food, saying that the food she is given is not properly heated, "which makes the food inedible".
"The general conditions of detention have adversely affected the health and general well-being of Ms. Maxwell. She is withering on a shell of her former self – losing weight, losing hair and losing her ability to concentrate," attorney Bobbi C. Sternheim wrote on Jan. February in a letter to the court.
On Tuesday, prosecutors responded to the complaints in a separate letter, handling each complaint according to court documents viewed by Insider.
They said Maxwell was allowed out of her cell from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. and has the opportunity to go outside to play sports. They added that despite taking precautions for COVID-19, Maxwell was able to meet their attorneys in person, even though they decided to only hold video meetings.
Regarding Maxwell's claim that she was not getting any sleep, prosecutors said the guards have to check on her every 15 minutes at night, but she wears a sleep mask and notes that she "slept through these nightly wellness checkups regularly".
Prosecutors said Maxwell had been rated "physically healthy" and maintained a normal weight throughout her stay at the detention center.
They said their weight fluctuated between the 130s and 140s. She recorded her lowest weight of 133 pounds in July 2020, which is considered a normal BMI. Her weight last week was 137.5 pounds, they added. (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maxwell would have to weigh less than 30 kg to be considered clinically underweight.)
The prison staff also "did not observe the defendant experiencing any noticeable hair loss".
In addition, prosecutors suggested that Maxwell herself is responsible for some of the conditions in which she lives.
A footnote detailed how staff asked them to clean their cell at a time when it was getting "very dirty".
"Among other things, MDC staff found that the defendant frequently did not flush her toilet after using it, which resulted in the cell smelling," the letter said.
Prosecutors have expanded their case against Maxwell, who was accused of caring for girls for Epstein between 1994 and 2004. She was also accused of molesting one of the girls.
Last month, prosecutors filed additional charges against Maxwell based on allegations made by a fourth prosecutor who was underage at the time of the alleged abuse.
Maxwell has remained in jail fearing she may pose a flight risk, partly due to her British and French citizenship, which she has offered to give up.