National Post

Tell Maxwell identities of ‘victims’: Brother

Duke of York not ruled out as possible witness

- Robert Mendick

LONDON • Prosecutor­s have refused to reveal to Ghislaine Maxwell the identities of her accusers despite a trial being just a few months away, her brother said Wednesday.

Ian Maxwell also declined to rule out calling the Duke of York, his sister’s friend, as a defence witness in a trial due to take place in New York in the summer.

Ian Maxwell told the BBC his sister “remained resolute” despite spending almost 250 days on remand awaiting trial in a tiny prison cell in a detention centre in Brooklyn. Echoing an interview he gave to The Daily Telegraph last week in which he branded the U.S. judicial system “bizarre and cruel,” Ian Maxwell said his sister, 59, was being served water that was “brown” and fed inedible microwaved meals that had caused hair and weight loss.

Ian Maxwell, 64, said it was difficult for his sister to mount her defence while languishin­g in jail in effective isolation and urged she be released on bail, that includes a surety of US$28.5 million and a promise to give up her British and French passports.

“Three accusers who are the subject of the trial have not had their identities revealed four months before the trial,” said Ian Maxwell. “The prosecutio­n have not revealed the identities of the three women nor the alleged events, nor times nor dates. How is this possible? Justice cuts both ways. There’s justice for victims of abuse but justice also for those accused of that.”

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested at a property in New Hampshire last summer and has been in prison ever since. She is accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein, her then boyfriend and a wealthy financier, to groom and abuse girls as young as 14 between 1994 and 1997. Epstein, a convicted pedophile, killed himself in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex traffickin­g charges.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the media tycoon Robert Maxwell, is also charged with perjury in relation to sworn testimony in 2016 that she had not trafficked Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman who has claimed she was forced to sleep with the Duke aged

17. The allegation is vehemently denied by the Duke. Ghislaine Maxwell denies all the charges against her.

Asked whether the Duke would be called to give evidence, Ian Maxwell told the BBC: “I can’t answer that. I just don’t know is the short answer.”

The duke has said he has “no recollecti­on” of meeting Giuffre.

Gloria Allred, a U.S. lawyer representi­ng a number of women bringing civil claims against the Epstein estate, said: “I know Miss Maxwell is probably suffering in jail, nobody likes being in jail, nobody likes having their freedom restricted, but I really think bail should be out of the question, it would be very upsetting to the victims.”

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