U.S. prosecutors say Ghislaine Maxwell deserves no 'special treatment,' urges detention

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite arrested earlier this month for allegedly conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse underage girls, tried to evade FBI agents before she was taken into custody and wrapped her cellphone in tin foil to avoid detection, federal prosecutors said Monday.

One of them, Kellen, was described by Epstein's victims as Maxwell's "lieutenant" and was reportedly the third most frequent passenger on the financier's "Lolita Express" jet, after Epstein himself and his alleged pimp.

Ghislaine Maxwell with the Duke of York after a wedding in 2000.

When FBI agents arrived, they breached the front gate and ordered Maxwell to open the front door to the main house, prosecutors said.

"Had the government alerted her counsel that she was about to be arrested, we would have arranged for Ms. Maxwell's prompt, voluntary surrender", her lawyers said.

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What the Daily Mail conveniently failed to mention is that it was one of the first newspapers to print Goldman's assurances that Prince Andrew was safe from potentially prosecutable revelations by Maxwell.

"This cartoon caricature of a villain she is being painted as is utterly untrue and false".

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. "Ghislaine is no Cruella de Vil". "She is being portrayed as this evil character and a cartoon villain, but it's nothing like that. She is a real person and is determined to prove her innocence despite the fact that she has been characterized as some sort of monster". Maxwell also has U.S. and United Kingdom passports. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday to decide whether Maxwell will be released from federal custody.

It has been reported that her siblings are willing to offer surety for a United States $5 million bail bond that would see her consent to be monitored home while awaiting trial.

"The attorneys for Maxwell are, for the moment, focused on getting her out on bail pending trial", Rendelman told Law&Crime. They cited her wealth, lack of meaningful ties to the NY area and her French citizenship.

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Epstein, a wealthy financier who counted USA presidents, British royalty, and stars of academia among his friends, died last summer in federal custody while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

She is also a friend of the Duke of York's, who is caught in his own war of words with prosecutors in the USA who are investigating the crimes of Epstein.

They further claimed she never sought to flee possible arrest by heading to New Hampshire, instead choosing to keep a low-profile following relentless publicity about her relationship with Epstein.

Maxwell is charged in a 17-page Manhattan federal court indictment with crimes such as conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and perjury.

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