Ghislaine Maxwell was guarded by former members of the British army while on the run from police, a New York court has been told.
The wealthy socialite, 58, was said to have had the bodyguards at the New Hampshire property where she was arrested by the FBI two weeks ago.
Papers filed for the case say a security guard at the £800,000 mansion told investigators one of her brothers had hired the highly-trained personnel.
One of them was said to be so trusted they had a credit card to go and buy her supplies so she did not have to leave the house.
Maxwell, a long-time associate of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is under investigation over her alleged role in grooming girls for the disgraced financier to abuse.
Maxwell was refused bail after denying charges of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997. She also pleaded not guilty to perjury
Maxwell’s £800,000 Bradford, New Hampshire home which court papers said was guarded by former members of the British military
She was also good friends with Prince Andrew and one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, claims she was loaned out to the Duke three times for sex when she was 17.
The Royal has denied ever meeting Miss Roberts and any wrongdoing, claiming he did not know if a picture showing them together was even real.
Maxwell’s brothers Kevin, 61, and Ian, 64, yesterday refused to answer questions about who paid for the protection detail, according to The Times.
They are closer to her than older sibling Philip, 71, who has avoided the spotlight for many years.
Maxwell cried as she was denied bail on Tuesday and she must stay locked up until her trial
Maxwell is accused of being paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘right-hand woman’, managing his property empire and, it is alleged, his trafficking of minors
Ghislaine Maxwell’s denied charges
One count of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
One count of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
One count of conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
One count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
Two counts of perjury
Kevin and Ian have many contacts in the security world after setting up a think tank in 2018 called Combating Jihadist Terrorism and Extremism.
It features Ian on its website as a director and publicly available Companies House data show feature its most recent accounts, which show liabilities of some £116,514.
The New York court papers on Maxwell’s case stated of her arrest: ‘The FBI spoke with the security guard, who informed the agents that the defendant’s brother had hired a security company staffed with former members of the British military to guard the defendant in rotations.
‘The defendant provided one of the guards with a credit card in the same name as the limited liability corporation that had purchased the New Hampshire property in cash.
‘The guard informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property during his time working there, and that instead, the guard was sent to make purchases for the property using the credit card.’
Maxwell broke down in tears yesterday after a US judge refused her bail after she denied helping Epstein, who killed himself in August, 2019.
She pleaded not guilty to helping him recruit and eventually abuse girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997 as well denying lying about her role in depositions in 2016.
Judge Nathan ruled the British socialite was a significant flight risk and refused her bail
But Judge Nathan ruled the British socialite was a significant flight risk, citing her ‘substantial international’ ties and ‘extraordinary financial resources’, setting an anticipated trial date for July 12, 2021
At the start of the hearing, Maxwell rested her elbows on a table in front of the camera and put her head on her hands.
She appeared nervous and pensive and kept looking from side to side, as she leaned into the camera.
Maxwell briefly spoke and only to confirm she could hear the judge and to enter her plea by saying: ‘Not guilty, your honor’.
Her demeanor changed when prosecutor Alison Moe began outlining the allegations against her, sitting back in her chair and bowing her head when Moe accused her of ‘sexual abuse of minors’.
With every allegation, Maxwell either scratched her face or moved her hair, but was emotionless as victim impact statements were read aloud.
During the two hour and 20 minute hearing at Manhattan’s Federal Court, Maxwell appeared via video from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. She was wearing a dark brown prison issue top and her dark hair was far longer than in the past – she reportedly has not had a haircut in a year – and was swept behind her head in a bun
It wasn’t until Judge Nathan began reading her decision that Maxwell finally broke down. She began moving uneasily in her chair as the judge said the evidence against her was ‘strong’. When Judge Nathan said a ‘combination of factors’ showed she had the ‘motive and opportunity’ to flee before her trial, Maxwell wiped a tear away
It wasn’t until Judge Nathan started reading her decision that Maxwell finally broke down. She began moving uneasily in her chair as the judge said the evidence against her was ‘strong’.
When Judge Nathan said a ‘combination of factors’ showed she had the ‘motive and opportunity’ to flee before her trial, Maxwell wiped a tear away.
The second tear fell as the judge said Maxwell was ‘sophisticated at hiding her financial resources’.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan denied Maxwell’s proposal of a $5 million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and backed up by more than $3.75 million in property in the UK.
Maxwell’s legal team had argued she would be confined to a ‘luxury hotel’ in the New York area, surrender all her travel documents and be subject to GPS monitoring.
But Judge Nathan ruled the British socialite was a significant flight risk, citing her ‘substantial international’ ties and ‘extraordinary financial resources’, setting an anticipated trial date for July 12, 2021.
Maxwell is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend.
She faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty of the charges, as prosecutors successfully argued that along with her three passports, connections to some of the world’s most powerful people and her own fortune of more than $10 million – Maxwell had every incentive to try and flee.
Maxwell will now return to the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she has been given paper clothes to ensure she doesn’t kill herself.
Alleged victim Annie Farmer (pictured) also spoke at the hearing, detailing how she met Maxwell when she was 16 years old. Farmer has previously gone on record with her claims against Maxwell
Maxwell is currently in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured) where she is wearing paper clothes to ensure she doesn’t kill herself
She appeared by video from the Brooklyn jail where she is being held and appeared tired, with her hair pulled back, and was wearing a brown T-shirt and tortoiseshell glasses.
Maxwell is being closely watched as the Department of Justice wants to ensure she does not kill herself like Epstein, who hanged himself last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Two women who have accused Maxwell of enabling their abuse testified at the hearing.
Annie Farmer, said Maxwell ‘has never shown any remorse for her heinous crimes’ and that ‘the danger Maxwell poses must be taken seriously.’
She added: ‘She is a sexual predator who groomed and abused me and countless other children and young women.’
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