Ghislaine Maxwell's jail conditions rival Hannibal Lecter's, her lawyer says

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein subordinate accused of enactment trafficking, makes a sketch of tribunal artists portion seated betwixt defence attorneys Bobbi Sternheim and Jeffrey Pagliuca, during a pre-trial proceeding up of assemblage selection, successful a courtroom sketch successful New York City, U.S., November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of enabling financier Jeffrey Epstein's intersexual abuses, has endured jailhouse conditions comparable to Hannibal Lecter's successful the 1991 movie "The Silence of the Lambs," her lawyer said successful a tribunal filing connected Wednesday.

The lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, offered the appraisal arsenic she renewed Maxwell's petition for bail up of her Nov. 29 trial.

She called the British socialite's 16 months astatine the Metropolitan Detention Center successful Brooklyn "reprehensible and utterly inappropriate for (a) pistillate connected the cusp of turning 60 with nary transgression grounds oregon past of violence.

"The surveillance rivals scenes of Dr. Hannibal Lecter's incarceration," Sternheim wrote, "despite the lack of the cage and integrative look guard."

Lecter is simply a fictional serial slayer who eats his victims. Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for champion histrion by portraying him successful "The Silence of the Lambs."

The bureau of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams successful Manhattan, which is prosecuting Maxwell, declined to comment.

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not blameworthy to enactment trafficking and different charges for helping enlistee and groom underage girls for Epstein to maltreatment betwixt 1994 and 2004.

She apt faces an uphill conflict for bail fixed that U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan successful Manhattan, who oversees her case, has rejected it 3 times, calling her a "significant hazard of flight." A national appeals tribunal has besides rejected bail.

Epstein killed himself astatine property 66 successful a Manhattan jailhouse successful August 2019 portion awaiting proceedings connected enactment trafficking charges, successful what a aesculapian examiner called a suicide.

Sternheim cited respective factors down Maxwell's renewing her projected $28.5 cardinal bail package, which besides included offers to renounce her non-U.S. citizenships and determination astir of her and her husband's assets into a abstracted account.

These factors, which Maxwell's lawyers person antecedently complained about, see alleged maltreatment by jailhouse guards, unsanitary surviving conditions, a atrocious diet, slumber deprivation, and an inability to reappraisal documents for trial.

A typical for the national Bureau of Prisons did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

Prospective jurors volition connected Thursday statesman filling retired questionnaires to measure whether they tin reasonably justice Maxwell, who faces up to 80 years successful situation if convicted. Her proceedings whitethorn past astir six weeks.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel successful New York; Additional reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by Howard Goller

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