By Rebecca Rosenberg
December 28, 2020 | 3:54pm
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A federal judge on Monday shot down Ghislaine Maxwell’s proposed $28.5 million bail package, saying she still believes the accused Jeffrey Epstein madam is a flight risk.
While US District Judge Alison Nathan’s full order was filed under seal, she released a two-page summary describing her reasons for rejecting the British socialite’s second bid for home confinement.
“The Court concludes that none of the new information that the Defendant presented in support of her application has a material bearing on the Court’s determination that she poses a flight risk,” wrote Nathan, who said that in reaching her decision, she considered the nature of the crime, the weight of the evidence and Maxwell’s background.
Shortly after the Maxwell’s arrest in July, the same judge refused to release her to home confinement on a $5 million bond, calling her financial declarations cagey and raising concerns over her holding a UK and a French passport.
In a desperate bid to get her sprung from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Maxwell’s lawyers submitted the massive bail package — that she said represents all of the assets held by her and her husband, tech CEO Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced media titan Robert Maxwell, has repeatedly complained about the unbearable conditions in lockup.
She is charged with recruiting and grooming three girls to be sexually abused by her and Epstein in the 1990s and then lying about it.
Maxwell has denied the allegations.
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