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Ghislaine Maxwell Has Been Denied Bail For A Fourth Time In Jeffrey Epstein Case

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Ghislaine Maxwell Has Been Denied Bail For A Fourth Time In Jeffrey Epstein Case

A judge has denied Ghislaine Maxwell's submission for bail for a fourth time ahead of her trial.

The British socialite and former right-hand woman to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein has repeatedly requested to do home detention before her case goes to the courtroom.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges associated with being accused of helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse teenage girls from 1994 to 2004.

Her attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, tried to argue in their fourth bail application that the defendant has been 'subjected to physical and emotional abuse by jail guards', according to NBC.

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They also tried to claim that Maxwell has been living in 'poor and unsanitary living conditions' while in prison and said the facility has been providing 'insufficient nutrition' and she has been suffering from 'sleep deprivation'.

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Prosecutors hit back at the claims and said the bail application 'turns to rhetoric and anecdotes better suited to tabloids than briefs. Where legal arguments can be found, they are cursory and unpersuasive'.

US District Judge Alison J. Nathan said the nature of the charges against Maxwell, as well as her extreme risk of fleeing once in home detention, were enough grounds to knock back the submission for bail.

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He did however confirm that Maxwell will be transported to her trial 'in a way that is humane, proper, and consistent with security protocols'.

That was based off Sternheim's allegation that the defendant was brought from her Brooklyn federal facility to the courthouse last week six hours early and a security guard had to prod her to wake up.

Maxwell's high-profile trial is due to begin at the end of this month (November 29) and her legal team has given a tiny glimpse at what they will attempt to do to convince the jury she's innocent.

A letter written by another one of her lawyers, Jeffrey Pagliuca, revealed they will try and explain how the witnesses due to give evidence could have false memories.

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They will call on psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, who has testified in other high-profile cases like Harvey Weinstein, Ted Bundy and OJ Simpson.

The letter explained how Dr Loftus will 'describe scientific research showing that false memories can be described with confidence, detail, and emotion, just like true memories'.

The defence will also call to the stand forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, who the BBC claims will dive into the concept of 'grooming'.

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