Ghislaine Maxwell tried to run, hide phone in tin foil before arrest

Prosecutors outline strong argument why Maxwell is a flight risk


Federal prosecutors in the U.S. Southern District of New York have rebutted Ghislaine Maxwell's 28-page memo recommending she get bail, saying she played an essential role in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring, and now has every reason to flee.

Prosecutors said contrary to Maxwell's claims, she has spent the last year in hiding, is "quite skilled" at it, and even tried to run as the FBI battered down the door of her million-dollar hideaway and moved in to arrest her.

Ahead of her bail hearing Tuesday, the government warned against letting Maxwell out of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for several reasons: she is a French citizen and France does not extradite defendants back to the U.S., she has access to million of dollars in dozens of accounts and is quite skilled in hiding.

Prosecutors wrote that when FBI agents arrived at her secluded New Hampshire estate Aug. 2, "through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her."

Agents were forced to batter down the door to find Maxwell in an interior room. They also "noticed a cell phone wrapped in tin foil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone…but by law enforcement."

Prosecutors said Maxwell's brother "hired a security company staffed with former members of the British military to guard the defendant at the New Hampshire property, in rotations." They said Maxwell gave the guards a credit card with the same name as the LLC she used to purchase the house, and instructed them to do her shopping so she would not have to leave the estate.

All evidence, they wrote, that Maxwell was well-equipped and adept at hiding both from the public and law enforcement.

Prosecutors also said the defense's fear of Maxwell contracting COVID-19 in jail is not a reason to be released, noting hundreds of other prisoners are being kept virus-free in jail and Maxwell should't get a special exemption.

Prosecutors concluded by saying their case is very strong — arguing the 2007 non-prosecution agreement with Epstein did not include Maxwell, and is not binding in New York. They noted this indictment is for a different, earlier time period and said they have new victims and even more have come forward — all reasons not to grant her bail.