New York Daily News

Max claims, and her cell, really stink, feds insist

- BY STEPHEN REX BROWN AND JOHN ANNESE

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.

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