ladbible logo

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Ghislaine Maxwell's Brother Says Prison Officers Have 'Abused' Her In Prison

Ghislaine Maxwell's Brother Says Prison Officers Have 'Abused' Her In Prison

Ian Maxwell also said that his sister's right to a fair trial is being compromised

The brother of Ghislaine Maxwell says that he believes that prison officers have 'physically abused' his sister as she awaits trial.

Ian Maxwell also said that he believes that his sister's treatment is a 'fundamental abuse of human rights' that is 'designed to break her', according to an interview with Sky News.

Maxwell also raised concerns about whether or not his sister will receive a fair trial, and said that the powers-that-be in the USA have conducted a 'disinformation campaign' against the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein.

Ghislaine Maxwell is currently waiting trial on sex trafficking charges relating to her alleged procurement of teenage girls for Epstein, which she denies.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.
Alamy

Back in April, Maxwell's lawyers released an image which appeared to show her with a black eye.

Mr Maxwell told the broadcaster: "I don't see Ghislaine administering a black eye to herself.

"I think she has suffered some occasional physical abuse at the hands of her guards. Yes."

He also added that his family will make a legal challenge under human rights legislation.

Maxwell continued: "We are going to take it to the UN.

"Take it from me. America has to be held to account, and it will be."

A spokesperson for the US Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a statement: "We are committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff, and the public.

"The BOP takes allegations of staff misconduct seriously and consistent with national policy, refers all allegations for investigation, if warranted."

Maxwell in 2015.
Alamy

Billionaire Epstein died by suicide in prison in 2019, whilst he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

However, Mr Maxwell believes that Epstein's death was due to the failings of the US judicial system, and that his sister is now being held culpable.

He explained: "There has just simply been a transference of presumed guilt on the part of Jeffrey Epstein without any corroborating evidence. Just simply because she had a relationship.

"He then dies, and they've got to find someone to pay the price."

With regards to his 'disinformation' claims against the US authorities, he said: "We start with a press conference designed to be prejudicial,

"And then we have for the last two or three years a whole plethora of news programmes, documentaries and so forth, which are entirely one-sided.

"There isn't any possible other way of viewing this, other than the way the accusers have set it up, and their attorneys, and that strikes me as a campaign designed to prejudice my sister in the eyes of the public."

A court sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Alamy

He also raised concerns regarding why criminals Harvey Weinstein, Derek Chauvin, and Bernie Madoff were all granted bail, but his sister was not.

Maxwell said that her incarceration and treatment in prison has had a detrimental effect on the preparation of her defence.

He said: "It's designed to break her.

That is just unjust. It is a fundamental abuse of human rights. And I find that quite shocking.

"And I think that your viewers, if they are honest, should also find it shocking. Imagine if it was their mother or their sister or their daughter in the same position as my sister.

"You don't think you'd kick up a hell of a fuss about it?"

The US federal court ruled that Maxwell presented a flight risk, which was why she was denied bail.

Her brother said: "In the court of public opinion.... it seems to me that Ghislaine has already been convicted and the punishment that she is having meted out to her in prison as a pre-trial detainee is precisely what it is. Punishment prior to conviction.

"You are innocent unless and until you are proven guilty.

"But the mountain of allegations made against it and broadcasted and loud hailered around the world is so great, that I have to really ask myself, are we going to get a fair trial?"

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: World News, US News