(BREAKING WIDE) — Ghislaine Maxwell bid to unmask the identities of three accusers, Judge respond.
Alison Nathan, a federal judge on Tuesday denied British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s bid to unmask the identities of three of her alleged victims, calling the request “premature,” but did agree to give her more access to discovery materials in her case.
Judge Nathan also denied Maxwell’s request to be released from solitary confinement into the general jail population after she complained of “onerous” conditions while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Maxwell’s lawyers have argued that her ability to prepare for trial is being hurt by the fact she is being held under tight restrictions.
Her lawyers claim she has been under constant surveillance by prison psychologists who have been evaluating her for hours without her consent. Maxwell’s team asked Nathan to order that her lockup conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn be modified so she can have more time to review volumes of discovery material before her trial in 2021.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued that she’s been held under “uniquely onerous conditions” that have forced her at times to choose between showering and reviewing legal material in her case.
The 58-year-old British socialite has been held without bail on charges related to her alleged participation and grooming of young girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by Epstein. Maxwell is also charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath during depositions in a civil lawsuit against her.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty in the case, which has drawn worldwide attention for, among other things, Maxwell’s and Epstein’s past friendships with Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as with Prince Andrew and other celebrities.
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