Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail for 5th time in Epstein case

NEW YORK — For a fifth time, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell loses a bid to be freed on bail prior to a November trial on charges that she recruited teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issues a brief order rejecting Maxwell’s latest request. The three-judge panel that issued it doesn’t elaborate.

The appeals court had rejected a bail request once before and her trial judge had thrice said no.

In the latest bail quest, Maxwell’s lawyers asked the appeals court to at least order the lower-court judge to conduct a hearing where evidence related to bail could be shown. The 2nd Circuit rejected that, too.

Ghislaine Maxwell at the WIE Symposium in New York City, on September 20, 2013. (Laura Cavanaugh/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)

Maxwell, 59, has been incarcerated since last July. She has pleaded not guilty to charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy that allege she recruited at least four females for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Her trial was recently moved from July to November. Opening statements are scheduled for late in the month.

Epstein killed himself in a federal Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while he awaited a sex trafficking trial.

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