Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse, has provided to surrender her UK and French citizenship in an try to safe bail.
The provide to give up her overseas citizenship is the newest try by Maxwell’s legal professionals to safe bail for his or her shopper. Maxwell, 59, has been denied bail twice, with a decide deeming her to be a flight threat.
Maxwell is being held in a jail in Brooklyn, New York, after being charged in July with serving to Epstein, a convicted intercourse offender, recruit three teenage women for intercourse. Epstein killed himself in a New York Metropolis jail in August 2019, whereas awaiting trial for quite a few alleged intercourse crimes.
“If the courtroom deems it a essential situation of launch, Ms Maxwell will formally start the process to surrender her overseas citizenship,” her legal professionals wrote in a courtroom movement on Tuesday.
The transfer, based on Maxwell’s legal professionals, “ought to fulfill any considerations the courtroom might have that Ms Maxwell might attempt to search a secure haven in France or the UK”.
Maxwell’s authorized staff stated renunciation of her UK citizenship may very well be formalized instantly upon Maxwell being granted bail.
“The method of renouncing her French citizenship, whereas not speedy, could also be expedited,” the legal professionals stated.
Maxwell, who has lived within the US for 30 years, was born in France in 1961 and grew up within the UK. The daughter of the British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, she turned near Epstein within the Nineteen Nineties and ultimately, prosecutors declare, recruited ladies for the New York financier.
Maxwell was arrested in July in New England, the place she had been laying low in a tiny New Hampshire city, and charged with a litany of intercourse offenses together with conspiracy to entice minors to journey to interact in unlawful intercourse acts, enticement of a minor to journey to interact in unlawful intercourse acts and transportation of a minor with intent to interact in prison sexual exercise.
The arrest drew undesirable consideration to Prince Andrew, who was a detailed good friend of Maxwell’s, and later Epstein’s, and a daily visitor at events thrown by Maxwell in New York Metropolis. In a lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre alleged that Maxwell drew her into Epstein’s circle below false pretenses, earlier than forcing her, as a 17-year-old, to have intercourse with males, together with Andrew. Andrew has denied Giuffre’s claims.