New York Daily News
Max claims, and her cell, really stink, feds insist
British socialite and accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell flushed her jail toilet so infrequently that her cell was starting to stink — and guards had to order her to clean it, federal prosecutors said in a new court filing Tuesday.
Officers at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn forced the jet-setting sex-trafficking suspect to clean her cell because she let it get filthy — not as punishment for complaining about a pat-down, prosecutors wrote.
The letter pushed back on Maxwell’s claim that she was physically abused during a routine pat-down during a cell search, with prosecutors contending camera footage showed she was treated like any other inmate during the encounter.
In a February letter from her lawyer, Maxwell alleged she was physically abused during a search while she was out of view of a handheld security camera, then forced to clean her cell as punishment because she asked a guard to videotape the occurrence.
Maxwell is awaiting trial on charges of grooming Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in the mid-1990s.
“The search in question was in fact recorded in full by a handheld camera,” the letter from federal prosecutors reads. “After reviewing the camera footage, the [Metropolitan Detention Center] concluded that the search was conducted appropriately and the defendant’s complaint about that incident was unfounded.”
Maxwell was forced to clean her cell not as retaliation, but because it “had become very dirty,” prosecutors said.
“The defendant did not frequently flush her toilet after using it, which caused the cell to smell,” the letter reads. “In addition, the defendant had not cleaned her cell in some time, causing it to become increasingly dirty.”
Maxwell’s lawyers have been pushing for her release on bail, claiming that Bill Cosby, Dominique StraussKahn and Harvey Weinstein have all been treated better than her while awaiting trial.